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Predator community ecology and nesting waterfowl technicians- South Dakota
South Dakota State University
Faulk and Hand Counties, SD
~$1,200/month (depending on experience; no pay for overtime), housing provided
Last Date to Apply
We are conducting a study investigating relationships between predator community dynamics and duck nest survival in eastern South Dakota. This study involves many simultaneous aspects and technicians will be expected to assist and collect data on all portions of the project.
1. We will be capturing mesocarnivore species and marking them with GPS radio collars prior to the start of the waterfowl nesting season (Feb-midApril). Occasional data downloads will be retrieved via VHF throughout the field season.
2. We will be deploying trail cameras throughout the nesting season (midApril-July) for predator surveys. Information on the SD cards will be downloaded once weekly and the cameras will be set up/moved to different locations in the study areas four times throughout the field season, or every 3 weeks. If time allows, photos will be processed.
3. We will capture small mammal species for capture-mark-recapture and set trapping grids weekly (Sun-Fri during April-July).
4. We will conduct road surveys to index abundance of raptors (opportunistically midApril-July).
5. We will nest drag to locate duck nests. This involves dragging a chain between 2 ATVs from 8am-3pm. Nests will be marked and monitored for survival. Trail cameras will be placed on nests to detect nest predators and checked weekly.
6. Vegetation surveys will be conducted throughout the study area when nest dragging.
Tentative start and end dates: February 1 through July 31. We will be hiring 4 technicians, so there is possible flexibility with the start date depending on the availability of personnel and the field work load at that time. Everyone must work until at least July 15. If you are not available during the April to mid-July time frame, please do not apply.
Desired qualifications include experience trapping mesocarnivores and small mammals (foot holds, tomahawks, shermans), camera trapping, and nest dragging. Knowledge of Midwestern species (small mammals, raptors, waterfowl, vegetation) and working with private landowners is preferred. The ability to work independently, manage time, and collect high quality data is imperative. Technicians will be expected to work more than 40 hour weeks to complete all field work when necessary. Days off will be based on current field work tasks. Technicians will need a rabies pre-exposure vaccination (not a reimbursed expense) prior to the start of the field season. Technicians MUST have a positive attitude and enthusiasm to participate in this intense, collaborative research project.
To apply, please send a CV with 3 references (preferably including a crew lead or graduate student) and a cover letter to email@example.com by November 19, 2018. Feel free to send questions about this position to the same email address. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and I will likely interview after Thanksgiving.