The Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab at Southern Illinois University is seeking three qualified technicians to work capturing bobcats and coyotes at two sites in Illinois. The data collected will be used in research studying carnivore movement and space use in southern and central Illinois.
Responsibilities will include:
• Running a trapline of foothold traps and cage traps. This includes checking traps daily for captured animals, keeping traps lured and baited, resetting traps, scouting new sites, and maintaining traps and other equipment.
• Driving and hiking to trap sites.
• Setting and checking trail cameras.
• Processing captured animals safely with chemical immobilization and fitting them with GPS collars, as well as recording data about the animal.
• Using telemetry to locate and retrieve the previous season’s collars after they drop off.
• Assisting graduate student with other day-to-day responsibilities.
Housing is provided. Employment will last until April 1, 2021.
To apply, please email a cover letter and CV to Nicole Gorman at email@example.com with the subject “Predator Trapping Field Technician Application”.
Wildlife capture and handling experience and a valid driver’s license is required. Experience working with predators, using foothold traps and cage traps, and chemical immobilization is preferred. Some lifting of heavy equipment may be required.