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Wildlife Worker

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Wildlife Worker assists the Field Coordinator in monitoring the population of red-cockaded woodpeckers on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, assisting base natural resource personnel in managing the woodpecker population, and carrying out research on the biology of the woodpeckers and other aspects of the longleaf pine ecosystem.

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in biology, wildlife biology or related field; ability to walk up to 6 miles per day and to climb up to 60 feet using Swedish ladders; ability to navigate through undeveloped forested habitat using GPS and maps; ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicles; ability to interpret instructions and complete assignments independently or as part of a team; ability to operate power drills in order to construct artificial cavities for red-cockaded woodpeckers.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with red-cockaded woodpeckers; experience banding birds and reading color bands; experience identifying birds by sight and sound; experience constructing artificial cavities for red-cockaded woodpeckers; experience working on a military base.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

October 1, 2021 

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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