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  • Greater Prairie Chicken Research Technicians - Oklahoma

    Guest Kiera Kauffman
    • Employer: Oklahoma State University
      Location: Osage County, OK
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We seek three technicians to assist with a Greater Prairie-Chicken (GPC) research project in Osage County, Oklahoma. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate GPC chick survival and brood habitat selection in a landscape managed with prescribed fire and grazing. The position will run from mid-March through mid-August (start and end dates are somewhat flexible). Technicians will assist with trapping adult female GPC, nest searching, capturing GPC chicks, attaching radio transmitters, monitoring GPC adults and chicks using radio telemetry, sampling for invertebrates, and conducting vegetation surveys. Other duties include, but are not limited to, equipment maintenance, data entry, and sorting invertebrate samples. In July, technicians will assist with vegetation surveys for a study on the invasive broadleaf plant sericea lespedeza

    Our work schedule will be highly variable. Applicants can expect many early mornings, with workdays starting before sunrise during portions of the season, and likely weekend work. Some work responsibilities involve walking long distances (potentially several miles) over rough terrain, sometimes in low-light conditions. Other challenges associated with working in grasslands include variable weather, biting insects, and potential rattlesnake encounters. Applicants must work well in a team, be able to take directions and work independently, and maintain a positive attitude. Shared housing is provided. The housing is somewhat remote, as the nearest town is over 40 minutes away. Internet and phone reception are available but limited. Although this position has its challenges, it also offers a unique opportunity to live and work in one of the largest remaining areas of tallgrass prairie in the United States and to participate in research on a species of conservation concern.

    Qualifications: Most of this research will take place on private lands, so working well with and respecting private landowners and their property is a must. Preference will be given to applicants who are personable and willing to learn! Experience trapping and handling game birds, vegetation sampling, entering data, and driving UTVs would be helpful but is not required. A valid driver’s license is required.

    To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/cv, and three references as a single PDF document to kiera.kauffman@okstate.edu. Include “[last name] GRPC brood tech” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Interviews will be scheduled as suitable candidates apply, so please apply early! Feel free to contact me with questions about the position at the email address above.

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