Wild Turkey Research Technicians (8): Northeast Missouri

University of Missouri – Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Northeast Missouri (4 positions in Putnam/Schuyler Counties; 4 positions in Monroe/Marion Counties)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10.34 per hour; housing provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The University of Missouri (UM) and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are recruiting 8 research technicians to study survival and reproductive ecology of eastern wild turkeys in northeast Missouri. Six positions are for ~4 months (11/27/2017 – 03/30/2018); 2 positions are for ~8 months (11/27/2017 – 08/3/2018). Among other duties, research technicians will be responsible for capturing, banding, and fitting radio-transmitters to wild turkeys. Technicians will also be responsible for radio-tracking wild turkeys. Other duties include contacting private landowners to obtain access for research activities, as well as working cooperatively with UM and MDC researchers. Technicians will also be responsible for data entry. Technicians will often be required to work long hours outdoors, often in adverse weather conditions. Field vehicles will be provided to conduct research activities and housing is provided.
A Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology or related field is required. Previous field experience is highly preferred. Experience capturing, handling, banding, and radio-marking wild turkeys or other birds is highly preferred, as is experience conducting radio-telemetry, especially for candidates applying for the 8-month positions.

Research technicians must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and possess a strong work ethic and excellent organizational skills. Technicians must work effectively as part of a research team. Applicants must possess excellent inter-personal skills and be able to maintain a positive attitude despite challenging field conditions. Research technicians must be able to work in remote locations, often independently, and conduct field work that is often strenuous. Applicants must be able to work long hours, including early mornings outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Research technicians will often have to wait in blinds for extended periods of time in very cold weather until capture events occur.

Research technicians must possess a valid driver’s license and have a good driving record. Applicants must be able to share field housing with a crew leader and other research technicians.

To apply, send: 1) cover letter stating why you are interested in the position and why you believe you are a qualified candidate; in your letter, please also indicate whether you are applying for the 4-month positions, 8-month positions, or both, 2) CV, and 3) names and contact information (phone and e-mail) for 3 professional references in a single PDF or MS Word document to Jason Isabelle (Jason.Isabelle@mdc.mo.gov). Please put ‘Wild Turkey Research Technician’ in the subject line of your e-mail application.
Contact Person
Jason Isabelle - Resource Scientist - Missouri Department of Conservation
Contact Phone
(573) 815-7901, ext. 2902
Contact eMail
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