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Sample Research Technician

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
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Job Description:

   The Department of Natural Resources is hiring four (4) LTE Sample Research Technicians to assist with the Southwest Deer and Predator Research Project!
   This position will be responsible for capturing and collaring white-tailed deer for the Southwest Deer and Predator Research Project for WDNR. Research technicians will be the primary Department staff accomplishing field work for this project. This will consist of capturing, collaring, and chemically immobilizing white-tailed deer. This position will also perform biological data collection on captured deer, including tooth extraction, blood draws, and tissue biopsies. Other primary duties include prepping capture sites, maintaining vehicles and equipment used for deer capture, conducting CWD sampling, and performing mortality site investigations.
   65% A. Fawn and Adult Deer Capture and Handling
   A1. Determining and prepping sites for deer capture
   A2. Maintaining trap lines and drop net sites
   A3. Maintaining vehicles and equipment used for deer research
   A4. Capturing, chemically immobilizing, conducting biopsies, and collaring white-tailed deer
   35% B. Other Research Needs
   B1. CWD sampling
   B2. Interacting with hunters who have harvested collared deer; collecting data from harvested deer
   B3. Maintaining positive relations with landowners and volunteers
   B4. Other duties as assigned


   Applicants should have academic or professional training in wildlife ecology. Must be willing to work long hours in the field, performing physically strenuous tasks in the outdoors in adverse weather conditions, including extreme cold, heat, and biting insects. Must have prior experience in off-road driving 4-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs, and UTVs and using trailers. Required qualifications also include an enthusiasm for outdoor work with wildlife, reading maps and navigating with GPS, demonstrating organizational, oral, and written communication skills, be detail-oriented, and have an ability to follow study protocols and carefully record data. Driver's license required.
   Highly qualified applicants will have previous experience with wildlife chemical immobilization and handling, particularly large mammals. Desired skills also include prior experience using radio telemetry to locate marked animals, and an ability to cooperate and collaborate with others to accomplish a shared goal. Experience using trail cameras is also preferred.


   **** Due to the nature of this position the Department of Natural Resources will conduct a comprehensive criminal background check on applicants prior to selection. Pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the DNR does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
   Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire.
   The DNR is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

$14.00 per hour - Note: Housing is provided.
How to Apply:

   Submit resume, cover letter and references to:
   Wesley Ellarson
   RE: Job Code 13422
   Application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.