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Requisition ID:  10575

Research Technician

Job Summary

At this time, this position is recruiting and accepting applications.


The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is seeking a Field Research Coordinator. This position will conduct field research on a multi-investigator integrated deer management research project in Indiana. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to: 

  • Providing training, mentoring, and supervision of undergraduate and bachelor's-level seasonal employees for field data collection  
  • Participating in all field sampling including remote camera trapping, deer fecal pellet and browse transects, pellet collection for DNA barcoding, planting of seedlings, creation of stump sprouts, and construction of enclosures
  • Working closely with Project Coordinator to acquire access to properties, scheduling field activities, and serving as quality control for data collection
  • Coordinating field crew logistics throughout the academic year, including transportation and work schedules
  • Maintaining research equipment and inventories
  • Conducting and providing oversight for initial data entry and for screening of images from remote cameras and aerial sampling
  • Assisting with deer sight ability trials
  • Making recommendations on hiring and termination decisions of undergraduate and bachelor's-level seasonal employees
  • Participating in some department-led extension activities



  • Bachelor's in wildlife science, field ecology, or related natural resources discipline
  • 1 year experience with field research
  • Knowledge of white-tailed deer biology and ecology
  • Ability to identify Midwestern plants
  • Ability to adhere strictly to approved sampling protocols
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft database software such as Excel, Access
  • Ability with handheld GPS and orienteering
  • Working knowledge of wildlife and plant sampling techniques
  • Ability to work outdoors under a variety of weather conditions


This position is a benefits eligible, academic year - limited duration position through May 2021.

  • Field research in deer and vegetation sampling methods such as camera trapping, fecal pellet counts, browse transects and aerial surveys
  • Experience with white-tailed deer, hunting and hunters, chainsaws, fence construction, tree planting, and 4-wheel drive vehicles
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse teams
  • Experience supervising student workers


Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply