Field Technicians – Franklin’s Ground Squirrel in Illinois

I am looking for three field technicians with a strong work ethic to conduct a statewide survey of Franklin’s ground squirrels in Illinois.  The field technicians should be effective and skillful in data collection, including trapping and handling of Franklin’s ground squirrels.  Field technicians know how to operate and adjust, when necessary, various instruments for data acquisition and are required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.  Successful candidates also need to have many important character qualities for working effectively with private landowners.

Duties and responsibilities include:

Survey – Conduct sign survey and live-trapping of Franklin’s ground squirrels.

Tagging – Implant a passive integrated transponder (PIT) to each newly captured squirrel for identification.

Daily Reports – Submit daily reports on the survey, trapping, and tagging of Franklin’s ground squirrels.

Maintenance – Assist with the maintenance, clean-up, and inventory of the field gear and equipment for trapping and tagging of Franklin’s ground squirrels.


Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in wildlife, environmental science, biology, or related field.  Experiences in working with small mammals in the field are highly preferred.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS is highly desirable.  Willingness to travel and flexibility with work schedule are required.  Successful candidate must be a team-player, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to detail.  Candidate must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety.  Individual must have a personal vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours.

Application: Review of applications will start immediately until the positions are filled.

Starting date: No later than May 11, 2020.

Anticipated ending date: August 31, 2020 or beyond pending the project needs.

Salary: $500-$560 per WEEK (depending on the skills and experiences), with lodging provided.

To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at

1.  Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications;

2.  Resume, including contact information for three references; and

3.  Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).