Virginia Appalachian Deer Study – Field Technicians

Virginia Tech
Bath County, Virginia
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech is seeking to hire two (2) field research technicians to assist graduate students in conducting a white-tailed deer research project in Bath County, Virginia. The goal of this study is to better understand the population dynamics of white-tailed deer that reside within a unique ecosystem of the Appalachian Mountains of western Virginia. Successful applicants will be tasked with assisting in capture efforts of adult deer using dart projectors, clover traps, rocket-nets, drop-nets, and suspended net launchers. Additionally, applicants will assist in outfitting does with GPS tracking collars and vaginal implant transmitters (VITs) which will be used to assist in fawn capture that Summer. Other duties will include checking numerous trail cameras, interacting with landowners, investigating mortalities using radio-telemetry, and various data entry. Capture will occur January-May. These full-time positions (40+ hours/week) will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to interact with residents, private lands managers, and employees from both state and federal wildlife agencies (Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, US Forest Service). Housing and field vehicles will be provided.
Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences, biology, ecology, or related field are preferred. Previous experience capturing, handling, and/or radio-collaring white-tailed deer or other large mammals is strongly desired. Professional training and/or certifications in the practice of safe capture and chemical immobilizations of large mammals is also preferred but not required. All applicants must possess a strong work ethic, be self-motivated, enthusiastic, open to various viewpoints on deer management, and capable of working in a team setting. Applicants should be prepared to work long hours outdoors in variable weather conditions and have a flexible work schedule which often requires work during early mornings, late nights, and weekends. Fieldwork will primarily occur during the winter and applicants will be expected to sit in ground blinds and/or tree stands for extended periods of time in cold weather. Applicants must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, possess a valid driver’s license, and have a good driving record. Submit application materials and/or questions concerning the position to Garrett Clevinger ( by midnight (EDT) on October 11th, 2019. Application materials should be submitted as a single PDF document including each of the following items: (1) cover letter detailing your interest in the position, (2) resume or curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Please save the file in the following format: last name_first name_2019 (e.g.,Leopold_Aldo_2019) and put “VADS Technician Application” in the subject line of your e-mail. Applicant reviews will begin immediately, and in the order that they are received.
Contact Person
Garrett Clevinger
Contact Phone
(859) 358-5473
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