Seasonal Wildlife Technician

Oklahoma State University, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Southeastern Oklahoma
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$11-13/hour (dependent upon experience)
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Description: We are hiring one (1) seasonal Wildlife Technician to assist with a project surveying for plains spotted skunks in southeastern Oklahoma from ~January 8 through ~May 3, 2024. Spotted skunks are rare and elusive. The selected candidate will work closely with a graduate student to conduct camera trapping for plains spotted skunks. The selected candidate must be able (and willing) to hike long distances (up to 10 km per day), over difficult terrain, in potentially extreme conditions (e.g., both cold winter conditions and warm spring temperatures and humidity). The selected candidate should anticipate, and be comfortable with, having limited connectivity (i.e., internet or cellular service) and shared (potentially co-ed) living conditions in a small travel trailer (or similar accommodations). The selected candidate should be comfortable approaching and communicating with private landowners before accessing private lands if necessary.
Minimum Qualifications: • Progress towards a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology, biology, ecology, or closely related field • Ability to lift and carry over 50 pounds • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with coworkers and supervisors • Ability to maintain a positive and mature attitude and good sense of humor, even under harsh, inclement, or uncomfortable conditions (e.g., inclement weather, biting insects, venomous snakes) • ≥6 months of field experience with wildlife surveys, demonstrating an ability to work in a remote setting and hike over difficult terrain • Highly motivated with a strong work ethic • A valid US driver’s license (without restrictions) Desired Qualifications: • B.S. in wildlife management, natural resources, or a closely related discipline • Experience using camera traps to monitor wildlife as part of an ecological study • Knowledge of and experience conducting vegetation surveys • Experience driving pickup trucks with and without a trailer attached To Apply: Please combine the following into a single PDF file: (1) a single-page cover letter that details why you are interested in this position, your most relevant experiences, and your professional goals/aspirations; (2) a Curriculum Vitae; and (3) contact information (i.e., name, affiliation, email, and phone number) for 3 references. Send the PDF file as an attachment to no later than 1 November 2023 with the subject titled “Skunk Tech Position”. Please note that applications may be reviewed as they are received and a candidate may be selected before the closing date of 18 October 2023. Electronic (email) submission of applications is encouraged but mail is also fine; mailed applications should be postmarked by 18 October 2023 and sent to Danielle Brosend, 007 Agriculture Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Oklahoma State University (OSU) is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which is within an hour of both Tulsa and Oklahoma City. OSU is a land-grant institution with an enrollment of ~25,000 students, and it is located on the ancestral lands of the Kickapoo, Osage, Kiowa, and Quapaw peoples. Indigenous people from other Native nations also reside here, many of whom were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands. They all contribute to the history and current vitality of our region. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is part of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and conducts interdisciplinary research, instruction, and extension education to address the sustainable management and conservation of the wildlife, forest, rangeland, and fishery resources of Oklahoma and beyond. The Department is a source of cutting-edge research, quality instruction, and effective outreach to students, landowners, managers, and public agencies. Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check. Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions.
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Danielle Brosend
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