The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is seeking seasonal technicians (flexible 2-3 month appointment) to assist the lab of Dr. Douglas Osborne with spring duck banding (entire month of February). Applicants should have a strong understanding of basic wildlife ecology, possess basic outdoor skills, and be physically capable of and willing to work in waders in the field. The technician will be responsible for deploying game cameras, placing bait, setting up capture pens, assisting with banding ducks, and recording data. Following the banding season, additional work in the laboratory may be possible for those interested in assisting with sorting moist-soil seeds from soil core samples and/or conducting proximate analysis for indexing body condition of waterfowl. Applicants should be available beginning as early as January 28th.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess a positive attitude, good listening skills, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work as a team player. Applicants should possess a degree in wildlife biology, wildlife management, biology, zoology, ecology, or a related discipline or be working towards completing a degree program. A valid driver's license is required.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Previous experience with waterfowl capture and/or bird banding is desired. Previous experience operating ATVs and UTVs is also preferred.
FIELD CONDITIONS: In February, the technician will live at the field site (near Augusta, AR) with one other full-time technician. Most work occurs at night in flooded timber; therefore, the technician must be physically able to carry 40 pounds of equipment over uneven terrain in knee-deep water in waders. The technician must be physically able to work for extended hours the outdoors during adverse winter conditions. The technician must be willing to work an unusual schedule, as most work occurs during the evening.
SALARY: Hourly $12/hour. Maximum 40 hours/week.
APPLICATION: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to Lindsay Carlson at email@example.com and copy to Dr. Douglas Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
CONTACT: For other inquiries specific to this position, please contact Dr. Douglas Osborne at email@example.com or Lindsay Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org.