Wildlife Technician Intern: South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks
4 positions- Watertown, SD; 5 positions- Webster, SD
Job Category
$16.71/ hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Interns will contribute and be trained as part of the wildlife damage team in northeastern SD. Primary duties involve working with private landowners in resolving wildlife depredation issues. These positions will be responsible for identifying and resolving crop damage to agricultural fields primarily from Canada geese, turkeys, and deer. Problem solving, communication, being able to work closely as a team, and the ability to manage a large number of requests for services is critical to being successful in this position. Database management is also a critical role with the internship in order to manage a large workload. Depredation tools that interns will learn to use and how they can reduce crop damage will be hazing, flagging, electric fencing, hunting seasons, natural vegetative buffers and others. Other duties may include regular equipment maintenance, assisting with waterfowl banding, and conducting wildlife surveys. This particular internship has a great deal of responsibility and independence. This position may require occasionally working evenings and/or weekends and in adverse weather conditions. Applicants must be able to lift 50 lbs.
Applicants should have a basic knowledge of UTV, truck, and trailer upkeep and maintenance. Individuals will be operating a pick up truck while pulling a trailer on a daily basis, so experience in pulling and backing up trailers is helpful but not required. During training hired individuals will be required to acquire an online ROHVA certificate before operating a UTV. Applicant must be enrolled as a part time/full-time student at a college, university, or technical institute at the time they apply. By the start of the internship, the student should have completed one year (nine months) of their chosen program. All students are encouraged to apply, but preference may be given to applicants with a standing of junior/senior, South Dakota residents, and students of South Dakota institutions.
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Rossman, Nicholas
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