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Wildlife Technician – Wildlife Ecology

Deadline:
Employer:
University of Georgia
Job Field:
Wildlife
Job Type:
Assistantship
Location:
Georgia
Location Detail:
Athens
Job Description:

The University of Georgia is soliciting applications for a Research Technician in Wildlife Ecology to assist with research and management of invasive wild pigs and coyotes on remote barrier islands off the coast of Georgia in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A technician is needed to assist with ongoing monitoring and control efforts of invasive mammals to protect high priority and threatened species, including sea turtles and nesting shorebirds. The selected candidate will be responsible for trapping and removing wild pigs and coyotes, conducting remote camera surveys, and assisting with data collection and other research/management activities associated with this project. 

The anticipated start date for the position is approximately January 10th and will last for 1 year, with the possibility of extension pending availability of funding and performance. Housing will be provided at Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge, and during days off housing will be provided on Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

Qualifications:

A B.S. in wildlife ecology or a related field and at least 1-year professional experience in wildlife research or management is required, although preference will be given to applicants with an M.S. degree. The candidate should have a strong background and interest in applied wildlife ecology. Much of the work will be conducted independently in remote areas. Therefore, applicants must be highly organized, be efficient at problem solving in the field (e.g., mechanical issues), be able to live and work remotely under variable weather conditions, be in good physical condition, and be able to lift heavy objects. Applicants must be able to operate UTV’s, boats, and 4x4 vehicles, and prior experience and demonstration of knowledge of safe use of firearms is required. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience capturing and handling ungulates and/or carnivores. The successful applicant is expected to demonstrate commitment to timely completion of deliverables, effective communication with the PI’s, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively.

How to Apply:

Pease send the following in a single PDF document: 1) cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, 2) a CV, and 3) names and contact information for three references to Jim Beasley: beasley@srel.uga.edu. Applications will be reviewed starting November 8th and will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. Salary will be $35,000-$40,000 per year plus medical and retirement benefits. Housing also will be provided with this position. More information on research in the Beasley lab can be found at: http://www.beasleywildlifelab.srel.uga.edu/index.html