Greater Prairie-Chicken Research Technicians – Osage County, Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University
Osage County, Oklahoma
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10 per hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Technicians are needed 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 last from mid-March until late August (start and end dates can be 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, and collecting vegetation and invertebrate samples. Other duties may include but are not limited to equipment maintenance, data entry, and sorting invertebrate samples. Our work schedule will be extremely variable. Expect many early mornings, and likely some weekend work. Workdays will start before sunrise during certain portions of the season. Applicants should be willing and capable of maintaining this schedule for the entire season with a positive attitude! Other challenges associated with working in grasslands include variable weather, biting insects, and possible rattlesnake encounters. Applicants must work well in a team and be able to take directions and work independently. Shared housing will be provided. Housing will be somewhat remote as the nearest town is over 40 minutes away, and internet and phone reception are limited. Though this position is challenging, it offers a unique opportunity to live and work in some of the largest remaining tallgrass prairie in the United States with a species of conservation concern.
The majority of this research will take place on private lands, so the ability to work well with and respect private landowners and their property is a must! Preference will be given to applicants that are personable and demonstrate a willingness to learn. Experience trapping and handling game birds, vegetation sampling, entering data, and driving ATVs would be helpful but is not necessary. Applicants must be fit and able to walk long distances (potentially several miles) over rough terrain in low light conditions. Valid driver’s license required. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/cv, and three references as a single PDF document to 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 any questions about the position at the above email.
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Kiera Kauffman
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