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Job Title:  Field Coordinator

Organization:  Purdue University

Job:  Full-time Temporary

Start Date:  January 2019

End Date:  June 2019 (estimated)

Application Deadline: 2 November 2018 or until filled

Compensation:  $14/hour

We seek a dedicated individual to assist with research projects focused on the use of cover crops by wildlife in agricultural ecosystems in Indiana.  Projects will investigate raptor use of cover-cropped fields and vole population dynamics and crop damage.  The successful applicant will be responsible for coordination and conduct of fieldwork, supervision of undergraduate students and, cultivation of close working relationships with the graduate students and faculty PI.  Successful applicant must be comfortable working alone in the field and in harsh weather conditions.

The position will focus on raptors in winter and early spring, and voles in spring and early summer.  However, as aspects of these projects rely on the weather and timing of spring planting, flexibility is required.  Some weekend, early morning, and late evening work will be required. All sampling will occur in private farm fields, so the position requires excellent communication skills, a willingness to engage with farmers, and respect for property and landowners.  Attention to detail when collecting data is a must. 


       Bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology or a related natural resources field

       Excellent organizational and communication skills

       Attention to detail and ability to follow a detailed protocol

       Ability to carry up to 50 lbs across uneven ground

       Valid driver’s license with a good driving record

       Professionalism, flexibility, and a positive attitude


       Previous field research experience, preferably in row-crop agroecosystems

       Previous supervisory experience

       Prior experience identifying Midwestern small mammals and birds, especially raptors

       Prior experience with survey techniques, including small mammal trapping and handling, browse transects, trail cameras, and bird surveys

       Prior experience working with ERDAS Imagine and/or ArcMap software

To apply, please send a current resume, 1-page cover letter, and names and contact information for 3 references to Megan Zagorski (mzagorsk@purdue.edu) with the subject line “Purdue Cover Crops Project”.  Review of applications will begin on Friday, November 2, 2018, and continue until a suitable applicant is found.