One field technician needed to assist with an ongoing small mammal trapping project in northern Wisconsin. Technician would be helping collect data for a long-term study looking at how small mammal communities are affected by forest management, forest structure, and seasonal influences. Animals will be captured using Sherman live traps and processed in the field. The data collected in this study will be used to inform forest management and understand how climate change is affecting small mammal communities in northern forests. The project is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin, the US Forest Service, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Wisconsin DNR.
• 80% of time – Assist with setting traps, trapping, and processing animals in the field
• 15% of time – Trap and equipment maintenance
• 5% of time – Data entry and organization
Housing (with wifi/showers/kitchen) will be provided for the duration of the field season. Field housing is located on a beautiful northern Wisconsin lake, with ample opportunities for hiking, kayaking/canoeing, and swimming. Technician can expect to have most afternoons free as well as guaranteed days off at the end of each trapping session. A vehicle will also be provided for field purposes. Position runs from 7/28/2022-9/6/2022 (start date somewhat flexible).
Applicants must have a strong interest in wildlife ecology and be willing to work unconventional hours outdoors in all weather conditions, including intense heat and rain, while maintaining a positive attitude. Applicants must have experience handling small mammals and/or be willing to learn new techniques required to safely handle and process live animals in the field. Applicants should be comfortable hiking short/moderate distances with gear. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience trapping/handling small mammals. Applicants should be comfortable driving/navigating uneven terrain using 4-wheel drive. Successful applicants will be organized, have a strong work ethic, and be comfortable living/working in small groups.
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Sam Jolly (Contact with questions about the position, please apply through website)