North Carolina State University is seeking three experienced field technicians for research evaluating white-tailed deer ecology across an urban-rural gradient in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The unit is hiring one (1) Lead Technician and two (2) supporting Field Technicians. Each crew member will assist in deer capture, radio-tracking, mortality checks, and fecal collection surveys. Candidates with animal capture and handling experience, including the use of rocket nets, wildlife immobilization, radio telemetry, and previous work with white-tailed deer or other ungulates will be given preference, as will candidates with GIS coursework and experience. The 11-month positions will begin in January and last through the end of November.
• Capture and process animals safely with chemical immobilization, fitting them with GPS collars and vaginal implant transmitters (VITs), if applicable.
• Use telemetry to locate mortalities and retrieve collars.
• Locate fawns after birth and fit them with expandable breakaway GPS collars.
• Assist in field necropsies to identify cause-specific mortality.
• Assist graduate student with other daily responsibilities, including interactions with participating landowners.
• Additional Responsibilities for the Lead Technician will be to serve as the point of contact for the Principal Investigators and the Graduate Student responsible for the project. Additionally, this individual will also have oversight of the two supporting field technicians and daily research operations.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants that have a B.S. in wildlife ecology or related field. Competitive candidates will be expected to: (1) Have field experience with animal capture and tagging (darting, rocket nets, and previous work with ungulates highly desired); (2) Have strong interpersonal skills as daily interactions with landowners, hunters, state agency personnel, and other stakeholders will occur; (3) Willingness to work early mornings, late nights, and weekends when necessary; (4) Have a valid driver’s license.
Additional qualifications for the Lead Technician will be: Candidate exhibits the ability to lead research operations and has previous experience overseeing research personnel.
To Apply: Applicants should fill out the application at this link: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/149619
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