Wildlife Research/Management Specialist: Iowa (4 positions): Iowa

Agency
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Location
4 Locations (see job description)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$13.81/hour
Start Date
02/14/2022
Last Date to Apply
12/10/2021
Description
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 10, 2021 SALARY: $13.81 per hour HOURS: 40 hours per week; hours will vary by time of year and will include weekends and holidays. HOUSING: Bunk housing or room provided with accommodations varying by location. TENTATIVE START DATE: February 14, 2022 TENTATIVE END DATE: October 14, 2022; the position terminates at the end of the fiscal year (June 30) but will be extended into fall pending suitable job performance. WORK LOCATIONS (4): 1. Odessa Wildlife Unit (Louisa County): 9726 County Road X61, Wapello, IA 52653 2. Rathbun Wildlife Unit (Lucas County): 28248 415th Street, Russell, IA 50238 3. Maquoketa Wildlife Unit (Jackson County): 51576 Green Island Road, Miles, IA 52064 4. Sugema Wildlife Unit (Van Buren County): 23213 Iowa Oak Grove Ave, Keosauqua, IA 52565 JOB DESCRIPTION: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking to hire four (4) Wildlife Research/Management Specialist positions to complete tasks associated with an eastern wild turkey study and a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks at a wildlife management unit in SE Iowa. Successful applicants are expected to display a high level of initiative and commitment towards completing assignments both independently and as part of a team. Employees in this position will work with other wildlife unit personnel and be under the general direction of the Wildlife Biologist(s). Research Tasks: Successful applicants will complete fieldwork associated with a study to evaluate cause-specific mortality factors for wild turkey poults in SE Iowa. Work will be conducted between April and fall (August–October, depending on the number of radio-marked individuals) and include hiking in dense grasslands and forests, biting insects, and inclement weather. Primary responsibilities will include: • Monitoring nest initiation and hatch using radio telemetry equipment. • Tracking and monitoring radio-marked poults and adult females post-hatch. • Investigating mortality events. • Collecting and preserving turkey carcasses for laboratory analyses. • Engaging with private landowners to gain land-access permission. • Tasks require the ability to maintain highly detailed notes on bird locations and nesting status and timely notification of hatch to research staff. Employees must be able to work independently outdoors and in hot, humid weather and rain, and be capable of hiking off-trail to access sites. Management Tasks: Primary responsibilities will vary by time of year and will include general wildlife management activities on State-owned wildlife areas within the assigned Unit counties. Overnight travel will occasionally be required on special projects outside of the assigned Unit counties. Examples of typical job duties may include: • General wildlife management activities, including wetland and prairie management, native prairie seeding, food plot development, edge feathering, tree/brush removal, and spraying, disking, and mowing using large farm machinery, chainsaws, and hand tools. • Prescribed fire for ecological purposes, including fire-line construction, fire-line holding, and mop-up activities requiring periodic work under physically stressful and adverse conditions and proficiency in the use of basic wildland firefighting equipment. • Wildlife surveys, including waterfowl banding, nocturnal spotlight surveys, upland game roadside surveys, spring bird point counts, fall quail covey counts, and chronic wasting disease sampling. Wildlife surveys are conducted during early mornings and at night. • General maintenance, including mowing, sign posting, fence building, fence removal, tree/brush control, and noxious weed control. Activities require the use of hand tools and power equipment such as drills, saws, chainsaws, trimmers, and small mowers. TO APPLY: Send cover letter specifying preferred work location (if any), resumé, and contact information for 3 references to: dan.kaminski@dnr.iowa.gov or Dan Kaminski, Wildlife Research Biologist Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources 1436 255th St. Boone, IA 50036 PLEASE DIRECT QUESTIONS TO: Management tasks and housing: Andy Robbins (Odessa Wildlife Management Unit): andy.robbins@dnr.iowa.gov or 319-551-8459 Wild turkey research study: Dan Kaminski (Boone Wildlife Research Station): dan.kaminski@dnr.iowa.gov or 515-380-0190 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is an EEO/AA EMPLOYER.
Qualifications
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: • College graduate with a degree in wildlife biology, animal ecology, or closely related natural resource field; • Physically capable and willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions; • Capable of engaging and interacting professionally with private landowners; • Experience monitoring wildlife with radio telemetry preferred; • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team; demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail; • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license; • Ability to work weekends, holidays, days, nights, and overnight travel; • Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers; • Successful applicants must display a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently, exhibit honesty and integrity, be self-motivated and detail-oriented, have strong organizational skills, and have a positive attitude.
Contact Person
Dan Kaminski
Contact Phone
5153800190
Contact eMail
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