Job title: RESEARCH TECHNICIAN – PEERY
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Company: University of Wisconsin System
Job description: Job Summary:
Up to 4 wildlife technicians are needed to conduct surveys for California spotted owls in Tahoe National Forest. Positions will begin April 3 and end August 4, 2023, and technicians must commit to working through the entire period. Pay starts at $20.00 per hour depending upon experience. Housing will be provided. Wildlife technicians will conduct surveys for spotted owls, assess reproductive status, locate nest and roost trees, assist in the capture and deployment of GPS data loggers on owls, program and deploy Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs), care for equipment/lures, and record sightings of other animals encountered. Wildlife technicians will also record, transcribe, enter data into computer databases, and validate data that was collected in the field.
A typical workweek is 40 hours, and frequent camping is required. Schedules will be irregular. For example, owl work will be primarily nocturnal, but pre-dusk or post-dawn follow-up visits will be required. Work involving the placement and maintenance of ARUs will be diurnal. Technicians may be required to rotate between owl and ARU duties. Work will often require off-trail hiking in steep, forested terrain, during day or night. Technicians must be respectful of others as well as work and live together cooperatively.
Qualified technicians will have a bachelor’s degree in wildlife or related field, and/or have relevant experience conducting wildlife surveys, experience working in remote conditions, the ability to hike in a time efficient manner in steep terrain, and experience safely driving 4-wheel drive vehicles on backcountry roads.
Our results will be translated into recommendations to land management agencies responsible for maintaining viable spotted owl populations such as the US Forest Service.
The application deadline is 20 Jan, 2023, however we will review applicants and conduct interviews on a rolling basis.
Responsibilities: Conducts research experiments with limited supervision. Provides technical support with some degree of independence for research projects and/or labs under moderate supervision.
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Bachelor’s degree preferred in wildlife, or related field, or relevant field experience required.
-Applicants must be physically fit (i.e., able to walk long distances in steep mountainous terrain with field gear in a time efficient manner).
-Ability to follow supervisor’s instructions and adhere to established scientific protocols.
-Ability to take detailed field notes and translate these into electronic databases.
-Ability to work alone and off-trail far from human settlements often at night.
-Ability and confidence navigating unfamiliar terrain on foot at night with a map, compass and GPS.
-Ability to navigate and safely operate 4-wheel-drive vehicles on minimally maintained backcountry roads at night.
-A clean driving record is required, and hiring is contingent upon passing a UW driving background check.
-Must be willing to commit to working from April 3rd through August 4th, 2023.
-Must work and live cooperatively.
Drivers License – Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards
Applicants must become an approved driver through UW-Madison’s driver authorization process. This requires meeting
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A typical workweek is 40 hours, and frequent camping is required. Schedules will be irregular.
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
This position has the possibility to be extended based on need and/or funding.
Minimum $20.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications
A typical workweek is 40 hours, and frequent camping is required. Schedules will be irregular. For example, owl work will be primarily nocturnal, but pre-dusk or post-dawn follow-up visits will be required. Work involving the placement and maintenance of Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs) will be diurnal. Technicians may be required to rotate between owl, and ARU duties. Work will often require off-trail hiking in steep, forested terrain, during day or night. Technicians must be respectful of others as well as work and live together cooperatively.
The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.
How to Apply:
Apply online at “Jobs at UW” ( ) under job number 271079. Applications must be received through UW Madison’s online application system. To begin the process, please click “Apply Now”.
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Applications Open: Nov 23 2022 Pacific Standard Time
Applications Close: Jan 20 2023 11:55 PM Pacific Standard Time