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  • Wild Turkey Research Technicians: Nebraska

    Sarah Sonsthagen
    • Employer: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
      Location: Nebraska
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/10/2024
      Open Until Filled: No


    The Applied Wildlife Ecology & Spatial Movement Lab and Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (University of Nebraska-Lincoln [UNL]) is recruiting research technicians for a wild turkey ecology in western Nebraska. This study will examine various facets of wild turkey ecology including reproduction, harvest, gobbling chronology, predation risk, genetics, and spatial ecology. The expected results from this research project will be directly applicable to wild turkey management in Nebraska and will contribute critical information to the broader understanding of factors affecting wild turkey population declines across the United States. The success candidate will be expected to assist 3 graduate students with various aspects of field work, though primarily focusing on mesopredator camera trap surveys and assisting with GPS monitoring of male and female wild turkeys, nest and brood monitoring, vegetation surveys, and acoustic monitor maintenance. The field season is anticipated to be completed in August with possible continuation of the position into fall to assist with photo processing (if interested). This a collaborative project with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and faculty at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Georgia. As such, the successful candidates will work with a team of graduate students, private landowners, university faculty, and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission biologists. Field season housing and field transportation will be provided.


    $13/hour with housing and work truck included


    Preference will be given to applicants that have a B.S. in wildlife ecology or a related field. Successful candidates will be expected to have: (1) experience setting up trail cameras; (2) experience with radio telemetry and wildlife tracking (3) experience with vegetation sampling; (4) strong interpersonal skills as daily interaction with landowners, hunters, state agency personnel, and other stakeholders will occur; (5) willingness to work early mornings and late nights and weekends when necessary; and (6) experience operating 4WD vehicles.

    To be considered for these positions, please send a cover letter outlining your interests, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references (name, email, phone, address) combined in a single PDF file with the file name formatted as lastname_firstname.pdf (e.g., doe_john.pdf) with the subject line titled: “Wild Turkey Research Technician” to Dr. Andrew Little (alittle6@unl.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

    The University of Nebraska is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination

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