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Prairie-Chicken Research Technicians


Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Kansas State University


Western Kansas


United States

Last Date to Apply:

17 Nov 2017


The Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Kansas State University is seeking multiple seasonal research technicians to aid a research project examining the vegetative and population response of lesser prairie-chickens to wildfire. Eligible applicants will be available for work beginning February 26th, 2018 to ~May 27th 2018, with the possibility for extension. Applicants should be prepared to work irregular hours (pre-dawn), with long work days in extreme conditions (hot, dry, windy, or cold). Possible encounters with venomous snakes should be expected. Applicants should be comfortable working on private lands, have a valid driver’s license, and have experience driving off road.


Housing (shared) will likely be provided at a remote site in western Kansas. Applicants should be comfortable living in close quarters with other technicians and graduate students.


Primary Duties: capturing Lesser Prairie-Chickens via funnel traps and dropnets, marking individuals with GPS transmitters, vegetation surveys, finding and monitoring nests, working closely with collaborating researchers, as well as data organization and management. Monitoring of broods in the summer is possible if the positions are extended.


Applicants must be working towards or have a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, biology, or related field. Preference will be given to applicants that have demonstrated experience in field research, handling wildlife, grassland plant ID, vegetation data collection, and habitat surveys related to avian ecology. Successful applicants will have a positive work attitude and strong work ethic.


We also have the possibility of hiring one full-time field technicians. Full time positions would begin February 26th, 2017 and last a minimum of one year. If interested in these positions, please inquire to the e-mails below.


Application Deadline: November 17th or until filled


The selected applicants will be compensated $1500 - $2000 /month DOE


Start date should be no later than March 1, 2018. To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of three references as a single pdf to Dan Sullins (Sullins@ksu.edu), with the subject line as "Prairie-Chicken Technician application <your name>". Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.


Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities, protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check is required.