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.
65% Oversight and coordination of the volunteer wolf tracking program. Communicate with staff and volunteer trackers and regional tracking coordinators regarding annual wolf track surveys; work with program staff to prioritize survey blocks, develop maps, and assign staff and volunteers to individual survey blocks. Coordinate one tracking region, perform track surveys in 10 - 20 tracking blocks, and compile tracking data for 3 Wolf Harvest Zones.
15% Evaluate, maintain, and coordinate purchase of wolf monitoring equipment, to include performance evaluation and research on GPS collar types and vendors. Field calls for incidentally trapped wolves and coordinate response to collar the animal as appropriate. 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.
10% Develop and coordinate outreach efforts related to the wolf management program, to include public presentations and other outreach and education events as appropriate.
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 Field Biologist position (see other job announcement- Job ID 12360) to provide year-round employment. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply for both positions.