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Field Assistant-Wild Turkey – Tennessee
Agency University of Tennessee Location South-Central Tennessee Job Category Temporary/Seasonal Positions Salary $1500/month Start Date 01/08/2018 Last Date to Apply 11/15/2017 Description The Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Department of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is seeking field technicians to assist a graduate student with their Master's research project. The project is a study of Eastern wild turkey reproductive ecology and adult survival. The field work will take place primarily on private land in the south-central counties of Tennessee. The primary job duties will consist of: rocket-net setup and use, adult trapping, poult trapping, radio-telemetry, vegetation sampling and data recording. Candidates with experience trapping and handling upland game birds along with radio-telemetry experience will be given preference. Candidates must be willing to spend long days in extreme temperatures with biting insects. The position will run from January until the beginning of July, with possible extension. Shared housing and a work vehicle will be provided. Qualifications Candidates must have a B.S. degree in wildlife sciences or any related field. A qualified candidate will have experience trapping and handling upland game birds and will also have experience using radio-telemetry. The candidate must have strong communication skills, work ethic and be able to behave professionally while conversing with private landowners, state agency personnel and any other citizens they may encounter. Preference will be given to a candidate with knowledge of southeastern plants and habitat sampling techniques. Being able to maintain a good attitude while working in adverse field conditions and very early mornings is highly sought after. Knowledge and experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles is preferred. Contact Person Vincent Johnson Contact eMail Vjohns18@vols.utk.edu