The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks a passionate and motivated individual 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.
The lead technician will work with MSU researchers to direct a small field crew in the capture and collaring of adult white-tailed deer using dart projectors, clover traps, drop-nets, and suspended net launchers. Other duties will include, but are not limited to, establishing and maintaining relationships with Michigan landowners, investigating mortalities using radio-telemetry, data entry, maintaining field equipment, and establishing trap locations. Fieldwork will occur between 4 January and 9 May 2018 (18 weeks).
This full-time seasonal position (40+ hours/week) will provide the selected candidate with the opportunity to interact with Michigan residents, work closely with Michigan DNR employees, and develop greater leadership skills. The position will provide a base rate of $13.50/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 required. Previous experience capturing, handling, and radio-collaring white-tailed deer, or other large ungulate species, is required. Qualified candidates will have previous experience administering chemical immobilizing agents. Preference will be given to candidates with 4+ months of leadership experience in a research-based setting. Preference will also be given to applicants with 8+ months experience using drop-nets, dart projects, clover traps, or net launchers.
Qualified candidates must possess a strong work ethic, be self-motivated, open to various viewpoints on deer management, enthusiastic, and capable of leading a team comprised of research technicians and Michigan DNR volunteers. 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 the selected candidate will be expected to sit in ground blinds or tree stands for extended periods of time in cold weather. Qualified applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
Submit application materials to Jonathan Trudeau (email@example.com) by midnight (EDT) on November 19, 2017. A single PDF is preferred, including: (1) cover letter detailing your interest in the position, (2) resume or curriculum vitae (CV), 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 “Lead Technician Application” in the subject line of your e-mail. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be accepted after the deadline, but preference will be given to applicants who apply prior to 11/19/17.