The University of Idaho is seeking a technician to assist in a white-tailed deer masters study in Latah County. White-tailed deer density has increased in the Clearwater Region of northern Idaho over the past few years and as a result, so have crop depredation rates. Despite these ongoing and significant damages, few successful deterrents have been identified. To meet this need, our project aims to develop management tools that will reduce agricultural crop damage through the reduction of white-tailed deer use of fields. This field season we will be deploying and maintaining deterrent treatments, monitoring and collecting data from GPS-collared individuals, and conducting drone and track surveys between Moscow and Deary, Idaho.
We are thus seeking a highly motivated individual who has experience with white-tailed deer and habitat selection. Duties will include picking sites to bait and camera trap white-tailed deer, deploying and maintaining deterrent treatment systems, safely conducting drone and track surveys, and using radio telemetry to locate GPS-collared deer. Most of these activities will be located on private property and the incumbent will need to be able to maintain established working relationships and professionally communicate with landowners to discuss property availability and use. A successful candidate must be self-sufficient, able to work with limited supervision, adaptable to sudden changes in scheduling, and able to follow instructions while paying close attention to details.
• Bachelor’s Degree or graduating this semester with a Bachelor’s Degree in: Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Resources, or a related subject;
• Able to assess high deer use sites and bait accordingly;
• Preferred experience with deploying and checking remote sensing cameras;
• Certified drone pilot or willing to acquire certification upon hire;
• Preferred experience with track surveys
• Experience with VHF telemetry and tracking wildlife;
• Ability to read, interpret, and navigate using topographic maps;
• Experience in collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units;
• Trained and experienced in safely operating 4WD trucks and ATVs in remote areas on unimproved roads;
• Experience with data entry and management;
• Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights, weekends); and
• Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and carry upwards of 50 pounds.
• Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
June through October 2019
To apply please send a resume outlining your qualifications, a cover letter, and 3 references to Kayte Groth at email@example.com. Please include “White-tailed Deer Crop Depredation Technician” in the subject line of the email.