Ruffed Grouse Research Technician

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Ruffed Grouse Research Technician


Warnell AD Research

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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6 days per week (up to 40 hours per week).

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$10.25 hourly

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Outside Georgia

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).


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Temporary Technical Paraprofessional





Position Summary:

We are seeking up to 3 field technicians to conduct spring drumming surveys of Ruffed Grouse across North Georgia. Primary duties will be to conduct standard roadside grouse surveys, along with paired off-road surveys. Technicians will also be responsible for set-up, take-down, and monitoring of Automated Recording Units (ARUs). Technicians enter data on a daily basis, and may be asked to enter acoustical sound data from the ARUs.

Technicians will work 6 days per week (up to 40 hours per week). Working hours will vary depending on distance to survey points each morning, but expect very early mornings to early/mid-afternoon work schedules. Field housing and a work vehicle will be provided. Technicians will need a backpack and hiking boots.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

Working towards or have a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience conducting forest bird surveys and working independently in the field.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

1) Strong interest in gamebird management and birds in general
2) Ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound
3) Comfort with navigating off-road locations
4) Organizational skills with attention to detail
5) Strong work ethic and positive attitude
6) Interest in birds and conservation
7) Strong observational and listening skills.
8) Ability to navigate using a GPS.
9) Ability to follow directions and work independently

Physical Demands:

Endure long workdays beginning before sunrise, drive long distances, hike through dense forests, navigate steep/uneven terrain, and work in hot, humid conditions with ticks, chiggers, poison ivy, and the occasional rattlesnake, while sometimes carrying up to 25lbs. of field equipment.

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Posted: 10/28/2020
Application Due: 12/27/2020
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