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  • Scaled Quail Research Technician

    Guest Becky Ruzicka
    • Employer: Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation
      Location: NW of Abilene Texas
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/25/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    In March 2007, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation was granted its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as a charitable organization and the deed to our Research Ranch was transferred to the Foundation later that year. Operations began in early 2008, and from that time RPQRF has invested tens of thousands of hours, millions of dollars, and so much more into research, education, and outreach for wild quail both on and off the Research Ranch. Among the largest of those efforts is the emerging science of translocating wild quail to reestablish populations where quail were previously abundant. Currently, RPQRF is conducting a translocation of wild scaled quail from the Permian basin and High Plains to the Southern Rolling Plains of Texas. The objectives of this project are to: 1) assess the efficacy of translocation as a tool to reestablish populations of scaled quail in the Rolling Plains of Texas, and 2) refine practices and techniques and practices of translocation by quantifying their effects on scaled quail abundance, survival, reproduction, and movement. RPQRF is seeking to fill a research technician position for the project. The primary role of this positions will be to carry out trapping of source populations, translocation to the research site, and monitoring of birds on the release site. Major efforts will be in VHF radio telemetry, nest monitoring, quail trapping, helicopter surveys, and habitat evaluation. The successful applicant will receive exposure to a wide variety of data collection techniques, hands on experience in habitat management, ample recreational opportunities, and much more.

    B.S. in wildlife or other closely related field. Experience with field techniques involving upland game birds preferred (e.g., radio telemetry, trapping/handling). Knowledge/experience with ATVs/UTVs, trucks, and trailers preferred. Must be team-oriented but capable of independent fieldwork. Must possess good work ethic and be capable of early morning efforts (call counts) and have ability to work in hot weather. Must have basic computer skills (e.g., Excel, Word). Experience in social media and other non-technical communications desirable. Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

    Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found. Job will run from March 14 - August 15, 2022.Please send resume, cover letter, and three references in a single pdf document to becky.ruzicka@quailresearch.org to apply. Start and end dates somewhat flexible. 

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