The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University seeks 5 research technicians, including 1 lead technician, to assist in the research of white-tailed deer movement in central Michigan. This research is part of a larger study aimed at developing surveillance and management tools for emergent chronic wasting disease (CWD).
Research technicians will be responsible for the capture, sedation, and collaring of adult white-tailed deer using clover traps, drop-nets, suspended net launchers, and dart projectors. Additional duties will include interacting with Michigan landowners, investigating mortality signals using radio-telemetry, camera trap setup and monitoring, data entry and other tasks as assigned. In addition to the duties listed above, the lead technician will independently direct small field crews of technicians and volunteers in the proper handling and sedation of deer as well as assist in the day to day scheduling of field operations.
These full-time, temporary positions (January – May 2020; ~40 hours/week) will provide technicians with the opportunity to interact with Michigan DNR employees, stakeholder groups and local residents. Hourly wages will depend on experience (minimum $14/hour). A field vehicle and all field-related clothing/equipment will be supplied. Housing is not provided.
A Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a related field is desired. Preference will be given to candidates with experience capturing, handling, and radio-collaring white-tailed deer or other large mammals, and those with chemical immobilization training and experience.
Those applying for the lead technician position are expected to have 6+ months of leadership experience in a research-based setting, 4+ months experience using drop nets, dart projects, and clover traps, and 6+ months experience administering immobilization agents to large mammals.
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. They will be expected to sit outdoors in ground blinds or tree stands for extended periods of time in cold, snowy weather conditions (temperatures < 20 F°). Applicants must be willing to work variable hours including early mornings, late nights, and weekends, be able to lift 50+ lbs. and possess a valid driver’s license with a good driving record.
Submit application materials to Jonathan Trudeau (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 11, 2019. A single PDF is preferred, including: (1) cover letter detailing your interest and whether you wish to be considered for the lead technician position, (2) curriculum vitae (CV), and (3) contact information for three professional references. Please save the file in the following format: last name_first_name_2020 (e.g., Darwin_Charles_2020) and put “Field Technician Application” or “Lead Technician Application” in the subject line of your e-mail. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled.