This position is responsible for coordination of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources volunteer carnivore tracking program and other duties supportive of the wolf management program. This wildlife biologist position is in the Bureau of Wildlife Management under the supervision of the Big Game and Furbearer Section Chief. This position coordinates and collaborates with other federal and state agencies, tribal conservation departments, universities, constituent groups, conservation organizations, and the media on all aspects of the wolf program.
55% Implement effective trapping techniques to safely secure wolves for chemical immobilization and radio collar deployment. Communicate with staff trackers, other WDNR staff, and partners to ensure adequate telemetry coverage supportive of effective wolf population assessment, and provide staff and partners needed assistance with trapping efforts. Maintain inventory of telemetry equipment and ensure all equipment is operable. Recover wolf mortalities and coordinate investigations, record keeping and data entry regarding wolf mortalities. Maintain required immobilization drug logs supportive of the wolf capture program.
15% Develop and coordinate outreach efforts related to the wolf management program, to include working with program staff to schedule and implement Wolf Ecology and Wolf Trapper Education workshops and other public outreach and education events as appropriate.
10% Develop and implement annual wolf monitoring meeting for staff and volunteers. Work with Large Carnivore program staff to summarize and prepare wolf count information.
10% Conduct howl surveys as needed to ensure adequate coverage of Wisconsin's wolf range.
10% Assist Large Carnivore program and Office of Applied Science staff with administration of the wolf monitoring program and related research, analyze data, and participate in carnivore survey design.
1) Communication skills, written and verbal
2) Experience with spreadsheets (Excel, Access) and handling large amounts of data
3) Will be required to complete chemical immobilization training as required by the WDNR Wildlife Veterinarian
1) Experience with trapping canines
2) Ability to communicate knowledgeably with the trapping community
3) Experience with ARC GIS and program R (notably home range estimation)
Position may be combined with another 6 month LTE Wolf Monitoring Program Coordinator position (see other job announcement- Job ID 12363) to provide year-round employment. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for both positions.