Research Technician – White-Tailed Hawk & Texas Tortoise

Rangeland, Wildlife & Fisheries Management, Texas A&M University
South Texas (Port Mansfield, TX)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$14 per hour, housing provided.
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
(Applications are considered as they are received and hiring may close before the closing date) Seeking a research technician to assist with graduate research investigating the nesting ecology of the white-tailed hawk in south Texas. Duties will include surveying for hawk nests, nest monitoring, nest camera maintenance, and reviewing nest camera footage. This position will begin on the 9th of January and continue through at least June with the possibility of the position extending through the summer. This technician must have raptor identification skills for surveys as well as the flexibility to travel often with the graduate student to other locations involved in the study. This position will involve lifting heavy nest camera equipment, so the applicant must have the ability to carry 80-100lb through rough terrain. equipment through rough terrain. Technicians are expected to clean and maintain equipment, vehicles, and living quarters, enter and proof data for quality, occasionally prepare reports summarizing field efforts, assist graduate students with additional data collection on other projects, and other duties as assigned. Applicants are expected to provide their own binoculars, field clothes, including durable boots, and camping gear. Snake guards will be provided. Primary duties will include hawk surveys, nest checks, raptor trapping and banding, and nest camera footage review. Other duties will include assisting research efforts focused on the Texas Tortoise. Location: Majority of the field work will be conducted on East Foundation property and housing is provided in Port Mansfield, TX. Further information about the East Foundation can be found at Applicants are encouraged to explore the East Foundation website, as it will be discussed during the interview. The field station is located on a large, isolated cattle ranch, primarily managed for wildlife conservation and research that is not accessible to the general public. Provided housing consists of a newly remodeled bunkhouse with a large kitchen, bunk beds, laundry facility and shared bathrooms. Opposite genders will be kept in separate rooms. Applicants should be comfortable sharing bedrooms with at least 3 other technicians. While living and working on the ranch you will be expected to keep common areas clean and work together as a team to be community oriented. While living on the ranch, technicians are encouraged to explore and take advantage of being given access to this unique ecosystem.
Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in a wildlife related field. Ability to walk long distances and carry heavy equipment (80-100lbs). Ability to navigate using compass and GPS. Ability to follow correct protocols in order to collect and record accurate field data. Basic knowledge of spreadsheet and database software. Ability to work long, irregular hours, usually starting before sunrise. Ability and willingness to operate 4WD trucks and XUVs on and off ranch roads. Applicants should be comfortable working outside in both cold and wet, and hot and humid conditions, and working in extremely thorny vegetation among venomous snakes and mosquitoes. Should be enthusiastic about working and living closely with other technicians in remote locations. Please submit (1) a cover letter that describes your interest and qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, and (3) contact information for 3 references(email and phone number) in a single PDF document to Madeleine Thornley Barham at with the subject title “Application: WTHA TECH 2023”. Preference will be given to applicants with proven raptor identification skills. Applicants will be reviewed as they are submitted and the application window may close before the posted date.
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Madeleine Thornley Barham
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