Seasonal Waterfowl Field Technician-Iowa

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10-13/hour depending on qualifications
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
SEASONAL WATERFOWL FIELD TECHNICIANs are needed mid -April – mid-June 2018 to assist with a field project evaluating survey methodologies for breeding waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region of Iowa. Field work will take place on wetlands located on publicly-owned lands (e.g., state wildlife areas or federal lands). Job duties will include counting breeding waterfowl pairs on wetlands either by foot or by canoe (depending on the size of the wetland and water depth), conducting basic habitat measurements at wetlands, and recording and entering survey data into a computer database. Ground-based surveys will be conducted in conjunction with helicopter surveys, so applicants must be able to adhere to a strict survey schedule. Applicants must be comfortable (1) wading through chest high water in wetlands, (2) using a canoe or other small watercraft (including loading and unloading such watercraft on top of a vehicle or on a trailer), (3) working early morning hours, (4) capable of working long and strenuous days in variable weather conditions, and (5) capable of working independently with little direct supervision. Field vehicle and housing (in the form of camping or hotel room) will be provided, along with $50/week per diem for other expenses. Questions are encouraged and can be directed to TYLER HARMS (email: harmsy AT To apply, please send a CV or résumé and the names and contact information of three references to the above email address. The position will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.
Applicants must possess or be pursuing a degree in Wildlife Ecology/Management, Biology, or other closely related field in natural resources and must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license with clean driving record. Experience navigating by handheld GPS and road maps, driving 4WD vehicles (possibly manual transmission), and identification of waterfowl (i.e., ducks and geese) is preferred.
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Tyler Harms
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