In March 2007, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation was granted its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as a charitable organization and the deed to our Research Ranch was transferred to the Foundation later that year. Operations began in early 2008, and from that time RPQRF has invested tens of thousands of hours, millions of dollars, and so much more into research, education, and outreach for wild quail both on and off the Research Ranch. Among the largest of those efforts is the emerging science of translocating wild quail to reestablish populations where quail were previously abundant. Currently, RPQRF is conducting a translocation of wild scaled quail from the Permian basin and High Plains to the Southern Rolling Plains of Texas.
The objectives of this project are to: 1) assess the efficacy of translocation as a tool to reestablish populations of scaled quail in the Rolling Plains of Texas, and 2) refine practices and techniques and practices of translocation by quantifying their effects on scaled quail abundance, survival, reproduction, and movement.
RPQRF is seeking to fill a research technician position for the project. The primary role of this positions will be to carry out trapping of source populations, translocation to the research site, and monitoring of birds on the release site. Major efforts will be in VHF radio telemetry, nest monitoring, quail trapping, helicopter surveys, and habitat evaluation. The successful applicant will receive exposure to a wide variety of data collection techniques, hands on experience in habitat management, and much more.
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We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a B.S. in wildlife or other related field. Competitive applicants will have experience with upland game bird field research techniques; use of ATVs/UTVs, and work in remote field sites. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to email@example.com to apply.