Department: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC)
Division: Wildlife Management
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Appointment Type: Temporary (3 months) – December 2018 – February 2019
Office Location: Swanquarter, NC
Area of Work: Dare, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties
Housing: Field housing provided
Description of Work:
This position is responsible for assisting with NCWRC research efforts on coyote, red wolf, and other canids on the Albemarle Peninsula of North Carolina which includes Dare, Hyde, and Tyrrell counties. This position will work closely with NCWRC staff to effectively carry-out job responsibilities. Duties will include, but are not limited to, assisting with the capture of canids, collecting morphometric data, deploying GPS and/or VHF radio-collars, and conducting radio telemetry. Field work may require use of immobilization/euthanasia drugs or other techniques to restrain, capture, and/or handle live animals. Work may include wildlife disease/mortality investigations (including field necropsies) and collection of a variety of biological samples. Office work will include submission of administrative paperwork and data entry. Field work will be conducted in a variety of relatively remote habitats, including dense forests and rural agricultural areas. This position will require work in harsh weather conditions (e.g., rain, heat, humidity, cold, etc.) and frequent exposure to a variety of potentially irritating environmental factors (e.g., ticks, biting flies, chiggers, snakes, etc.).
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities/Competencies:
• Ability to work as part of a team, but also work independently, and effectively coordinate and prioritize work assignments • Ability to provide clear, timely, and effective updates to supervisor • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of wildlife management, including knowledge of wildlife habitats and species requirements • Ability to safely capture and handle wildlife • Ability to accurately collect and log field data • Skilled use of computers for word processing and information management • Knowledge and ability to use basic wildlife research tools and equipment, including GPS, telemetry gear, and capture equipment • Ability to operate and maintain equipment and vehicles (e.g., ATV, 4WD truck, boat, etc.) used in wildlife research • Physical stamina to work outdoors for prolonged periods of time in adverse conditions • Ability to work a flexible schedule, with potential night and/or weekend work
Minimum Education and Experience:
Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in wildlife or fisheries management, zoology or biology from an appropriately accredited institution and one year of experience in wildlife or fisheries management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred Qualifications: Experience trapping and handling large carnivores.