The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University is seeking multiple research technicians to assist in the research of white-tailed deer movement in central Michigan. This research is part of a larger study aimed at the surveillance and management of emergent chronic wasting disease across the Michigan landscape.
Research technicians will be responsible for the capture and collaring of adult white-tailed deer using dart projectors, clover traps, drop-nets, and suspended net launchers. Other duties will include interacting with Michigan landowners, investigating mortalities using radio-telemetry, and data entry. Capture will occur between January-April 2018.
These full-time positions (40+ hours/week) will provide research technicians with the opportunity to interact with Michigan residents, Michigan DNR employees, and wildlife stakeholder groups. Hourly wages will depend on experience (minimum $10/hour). A field vehicle and all field-related equipment will be supplied; housing is not provided.
A Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biology, ecology, or related field is desired. Previous experience capturing, handling, and radio-collaring white-tailed deer or other large mammals is preferred. Professional training or experience using chemical immobilization is also preferred.
Research technicians must possess a strong work ethic, be self-motivated, open to various viewpoints on deer management, enthusiastic, and capable of working in a team setting. Applicants should be prepared to work long hours outdoors in variable weather conditions, including early mornings, late nights, and weekends. Fieldwork will primarily occur during the winter and research technicians will be expected to sit in ground blinds or tree stands for extended periods of time in cold weather. Research technicians must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Submit application materials to Jonathan Trudeau (firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight (EDT) on October 8, 2017. A single PDF is preferred, including: (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_2017 (e.g., Leopold_Aldo_2017) and put “Deer Technician Application” in the subject line of your e-mail. Review of applications will begin immediately.