Job no: 229052-TE
Work type: Temporary
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

One field technician needed to assist with winter small mammal trapping project in northern Wisconsin. Technician would be helping collect data for a long-term study looking at how winter small mammal communities are affected by forest management, forest structure, and annual snow cover. Animals will be captured using Sherman live traps and processed in the field. The data collected in this study will be used to inform forest management and understand how climate change and changing snow cover is affecting small mammal communities in northern forests. The project is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin, the US Forest Service, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Wisconsin DNR.
Responsibilities include:
Capturing and processing small mammals using Sherman live traps in snowy winter conditions
Driving and navigating using 4wd vehicles
Collecting and maintaining data in the field and entering data daily
Cleaning/repairing traps

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Position Duties:

List of Duties

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

No Degree Required

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Minimum of 1 year of relevant experience preferred.
Applicants must have a strong interest in wildlife ecology and be willing to work unconventional hours outdoors in extreme winter weather, including snow and sub-zero temperatures while maintaining a positive attitude. Applicants must have experience handling small mammals and/or be willing to learn new techniques required to safely handle and process live animals in harsh conditions. Applicants should be comfortable hiking short/moderate distances in snowy terrain. Applicants must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience trapping/handling small mammals and applicants with experience working in winter conditions. Applicants should be comfortable driving/navigating in winter conditions. Successful applicants will be organized, have a strong work ethic, and be comfortable living/working in small groups.



Work Schedule:

Flexible Schedule.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 1 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


Minimum $14.46 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

You will be asked to upload a current resume/CV a cover letter and three references as one complete upload file, briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position.


Sonia Beyer
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Temporary Employment

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Applications Open: Nov 24 2020 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Dec 31 2020 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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