Summer Bobcat Monitoring Field Technician – North Central Illinois

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
Peoria County, IL
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$13.00/hour + housing, maximum 37.5 hours/week
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) is hiring one field technician to monitor GPS-collared bobcats in north-central Illinois from May through November of 2023. The technician will be expected to monitor GPS-collared bobcats using VHF telemetry, respond to bobcat mortality alerts, maintain an array of scouting cameras on public and private properties, and assist two PhD students in preparation for the fall-spring trapping season. There may also be the possibility of conducting den site surveys and bobcat kitten collaring and monitoring. This position does not require previous trapping experience, however familiarity with preparing foothold traps (washing/dying kits/preparing wax dirt) is preferred. Housing is provided, and the technician will be expected to perform most, if not all, responsibilities independently with occasional assistance from the PhD students. Additionally, the technician will be scouting for bobcats on both public and private properties throughout the summer and fall. Housing is provided for the duration of the position. Responsibilities include: -Using VHF telemetry to monitor GPS-collared bobcats as needed. -Responding to mortality alerts, retrieving bobcat carcasses, and assisting necropsies. -Preparing equipment for trapping season, including dying equipment used for foothold traps and making wax dirt. -Scouting for bobcat activity on both public and private property using game cameras. -Maintaining/organizing field house and equipment for the duration of the position. -Assisting PhD students in both Peoria County and Carbondale as needed. To apply, please email a brief cover letter, CV, and three references as one pdf to with the subject line “Summer Bobcat Technician Application.” Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
-VHF telemetry experience -Experience monitoring wildlife using game cameras -Ability to hike long distances in potentially harsh conditions (rain, heat, humidity, hilly terrain, etc.) -Ability to carry and move equipment (i.e. game cameras, cage and foothold traps, etc.) -Ability to work both independently and as a team -Strong communication skills -Valid driver’s license -Rabies vaccination series preferred
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Ellen Audia and Katherine Buckman
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