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Avian Research Assistant


University of Wisconsin-Madison


Sandhill Wildlife Area, Babcock, WI


United States

Last Date to Apply:

18 Nov 2017


Avian Research Assistant needed for a winter radio telemetry study of Ruffed Grouse in central Wisconsin. The assistant will be responsible for navigating through dense undergrowth using a GPS and compass, locating radio-tagged grouse daily, taking habitat and snow depth measurements, taking detailed and accurate notes, following all protocols, maintaining field equipment, and entering data. Additional responsibilities may include trapping and banding grouse, and other tasks critical to the project.
We will have access to a truck for transportation around the wildlife area, but the assistant must be comfortable hiking through deep snow to locate radio-tagged grouse.


1-3+ years of field research experience (preferably with birds); experience with radio telemetry; experience working outside in winter in very cold and snowy conditions; ability to hike 2-3 miles carrying a 50lb pack; ability to work independently in the field and as part of a small team; valid driver’s license; ability to drive a 4WD truck and ATV in snow and ice. Preferred Qualifications: Experience trapping and banding birds.


$14.18/hour plus housing in a dorm-style setting (with access to kitchen facilities) at Sandhill Wildlife Area. The assistant must provide his/her own winter field clothing and transportation if traveling outside of Sandhill.


Start date is negotiable but preferably December 1, 2017. End date is approximately April 20, 2018. Please send a brief cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (as one PDF) to Amy Shipley by email: (ruffedgrousetechnician at gmail dot com). Application deadline is November 18, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.