Seasonal Mule Deer Fawn Technician – Nebraska

University of Nebraska‐Lincoln
Crawford, NE
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
approximately $1600 plus housing
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Technicians will be part of a crew researching mule deer in the Pine Ridge and Oglala National Grasslands in northwestern Nebraska as part of a collaborative research project between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Primary duties include searching for mule deer fawns from GPS collared does. This involves daily monitoring of collared does via GPS clusters and radio telemetry, communicating with private landowners for access to properties, hiking in on doe locations, and working with a small team to capture and collar fawns. After capture, VHF collared fawns will be monitored daily, and technicians will conduct thorough investigations of mortality events. Technicians will also assist in monitoring GPS collared does and investigating adult mortality events. Additionally, technicians will maintain and process data (species and behavior ID, etc.) from a camera-trap grid in the study area. Other duties may be assigned as needed. We are looking for applicants that are looking to contribute to an exciting research project in a flexible and team-oriented manner.
Previous fawn capture experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must have a knowledge of basic radio-telemetry techniques, and strong preference will be given towards individuals with field experience locating VHF tags via ground telemetry. Applicants should be able to navigate effectively in the backcountry with GPS, map, and compass. Critically, candidates must be able to work and live well with team members and maintain positive attitudes during long hours of fieldwork. Applicants must be capable of walking 10+ miles a day over varied terrain through all weather conditions (heat, humidity, snow, rain), tolerate biting insects, and be prepared to deal with uncomfortable vegetation (poison ivy/oak). Successful applicants will be detail oriented when collecting data, capable of maintaining field equipment, level-headed in potentially stressful situations (live animal handling), and able to work odd or long hours while maintaining a good work ethic. Working at night will be required. Applicants must be able to take directions and follow field protocols accurately. If hired, applicants may be required to communicate with private landowners, so it is important to be able to represent the research project in a professional and friendly manner. Enthusiasm for wildlife research and a commitment to animal safety are essential. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. Technicians are expected to drive responsibly and avoid damage to vehicles. Field housing will be provided; however, applicants must be comfortable living in close quarters with co-workers with modest amenities. During peak fawning periods, technicians can be expected to work long hours. The estimated time period for employment will be mid-May until some time in late August, with some flexibility in start and end dates. To apply, please send a SINGLE pdf file containing a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of at least 3 professional references (AT LEAST 1, but preferably all 3 references will have worked directly with you in the field) to Hunter Ellsworth at with “NE mule deer technician” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until suitable candidates are selected for interview.
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William H Ellsworth
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