Avian Natural Resource Technicians

Avian Natural Resource Technicians
Agency:  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Location:  Northwest Minnesota
Salary:  $16.62 / hour, limited to 40 hrs / week
Start and End Date:  8/20/2018 – 11/30/2018
We are hiring two temporary field technicians for a study examining sharp-tailed grouse response to brushland management such as burning and mowing.  The technicians will work throughout northwest MN conducting grouse pellet and vegetation surveys along transects, collecting and entering data into Excel, communicating with local managers, navigating to field sites with maps and GPS, using ArcGIS to locate study sites and transects, and organizing and maintaining field equipment.  Field work will require walking up to 8 miles a day, often through difficult field conditions and with sometimes minimal detection of pellets or grouse.
Hours and days will be variable, but generally will consist of a 4 day 10 hour work week and will not exceed 40 hours per week. Housing will be provided at no cost at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area.  Housing is a shared open bunk house.  A DNR truck will be provided for work use only.
Required Qualifications:
Strong work ethic with a positive attitude.
Willingness to work long hours in difficult field conditions with minimal supervision.
Ability to use Garmin GPS units and ArcGIS for navigation and data collection.
Experience conducting data entry in Excel.
A valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Physical ability to walk up to 8 miles a day, over difficult terrain, while carrying <10 lbs.
Must be available to begin August 20, 2018 and work through mid-late November.
Preferred Qualifications:
B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or a related field.
Job-related experience using ArcGIS.
Familiarity with brushland plant species identification in the upper Midwest U.S. 
To apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references (name, telephone, and E-mail) as a single attachment in an E-mail toCharlotte.Roy@state.mn.us and Lindsey.Shartell@state.mn.us.  Applications must be received by April 30, 2018.