Wild Turkey Technician – Maine

Maine Department Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)
Bangor, Maine
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$15.00 per hour/40 hour work week
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
1 full-time seasonal technician is needed from January 2, 2019 to June 30 2019 for a study of Eastern Wild Turkey in and around Bangor/Orono, Maine. This project is a collaboration between MDIFW and University of Maine Orono to gain better understanding of wild turkey ecology in the state of Maine while also exploring questions regarding population size estimation, seasonal movement, and nesting behavior of wild turkey using VHF and GPS transmitters. Duties: January-March, primary responsibilities will be maintaining trapping locations, assisting with rocket net/drop net trapping of wild turkeys, and telemetry monitoring of marked individuals. Following the trapping season, the technician will be responsible for rigorous monitoring of marked turkey for nesting behavior. The technician must be comfortable working alone in the field, hiking potentially long distances, and driving on gravel and dirt roads. The bulk of duties will be in central Maine, near Bangor and Orono, although some traveling to other parts of the state may be necessary to assist in trapping and telemetry in other regions. Bunk room style housing is available if needed. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to Matt Gonnerman (matthew.gonnerman@maine.edu) and Kelsey Sullivan (kelsey.m.sullivan@maine.gov). Applications will be considered as they are received. If you have any questions, feel free to email Matt Gonnerman for more information.
•Completed Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biology, ecology, or related field •Experience working alone outdoors, collecting field data, telemetry monitoring, handling wild animals (+20lbs), interacting with private land owners, and data entry •Good communication skills and ability to follow instructions •Ability to work a variable schedule as there will be some need to work on weekends and during early mornings OR into the evenings for trapping. •Capable of working alone in adverse conditions (cold weather, heavy snow, heavy insects) •Be able to lift 50lbs and hike moderate distances across various terrain •Valid driver’s license, familiarity with driving in snowy, muddy and off road conditions.
Contact Person
Matthew Gonnerman and Kelsey Sullivan
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