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Research Project Technician for Wild Turkeys

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Job Field:
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Babcock, Wisconsin
Job Description:


The Wisconsin DNR has two LTE (Limited Term Employee) positions available at our Sandhill Wildlife Area in Babcock, Wisconsin:

• Turkey Tagging Technician

• Turkey Trail Cam Technician

The intention is to hire one candidate to perform both positions. This dual LTE appointment is comprised of two 20-hour positions for an expected total work schedule of 40 hours per week. See below for more information on the available positions.


Position Summary

Turkey Tagging Technician

This position will work with a team of scientists to assess turkey recruitment metrics by comparing brood counts from marked turkeys to brood counts obtained through trail camera photos. This position will lead the trapping and GPS-tagging of turkeys at Sandhill Wildlife Area in winter, and the subsequent tracking of turkeys and flush counts of broods through the spring, summer and into early fall. Late fall and early winter duties include data processing and landowner contacts for the next winter’s field efforts. This position requires a valid driver's license. The selected candidate must be able to drive a state vehicle.


40% - Turkey capture and tagging

- Determining sites for baiting and turkey capture

- Prepping and maintaining sites, vehicles, and equipment for turkey capture

- Organizing trapping scheduling and crews to ensure enough help on trap days

- Leading the capturing, handling, banding, and tagging of turkeys

- Maintain detailed electronic trapping records


30% - Turkey monitoring and brood counts

- Use GPS data and telemetry from marked turkeys to monitor movements and locate nesting hens

- Conduct numerous brood counts of marked hens to track appearance of poults and survival of poults into the fall

- Maintain detailed electronic records of brood counts


20% - Finding trap sites in new study areas

- Assess trail camera photos from Snapshot Wisconsin within a northern and southern study area to identify potential trap sites

- Develop a plan for turkey trapping in additional study areas

- Contact landowners to gain permission to scout and trap turkeys


10% - Other duties as assigned


Trail Cam Technician

This position will work with a team of scientists on trail camera projects to better understand turkey recruitment and estimates of deer population size. A primary duty is to maintain a network of 42 trail cameras at Sandhill Wildlife Area with frequent trail camera checks and battery replacement. The position will perform data quality checks to ensure proper functioning of trail cameras and will keep detailed and accurate electronic records of camera checks and photos collected. This position will organize and classify trail camera photos, paying special attention to photos with turkeys. Photos with turkeys will be carefully assessed for tag identification and poult counts. This position requires a valid driver's license. The selected candidate must be able to drive a state vehicle.


50% - Trail camera grid maintenance

- Navigate to trail camera locations to change batteries and switch out SD cards

- Collect data in the field and enter data electronically

- Carefully assess data quality and replace equipment when needed to ensure high quality data

- Organize photos and distribute photos (online uploads or sending hard drives)


30% - Photo classification

- Expertly classify wildlife trail camera photos, including identifying individual turkeys based on identifiable wing tags

- Keep detailed and careful records of photo classification


10% - Summarize data and write reports


10% - Other duties as assigned


LTE employees are limited to working 1039 hours per position within a twelve-month period.

In order to be considered for this position, you must be a resident of the State of Wisconsin.

The Department of Natural Resources conducts criminal background checks on final applicants prior to a job offer. Please note that a criminal charge or conviction on your record will not necessarily disqualify you from state employment. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the DNR does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.


Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire. The Department of Natural Resources does not sponsor work visas at the time of hire or anytime during employment. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required Employment Eligibility I-9 form upon hire.


The DNR is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.



- Able and willing to work outdoors for long hours in sometimes inclement weather (including extreme heat and cold)

- Able to demonstrate past competency conducting field work in remote environments

- Methodological attentiveness such as detailed data collection and consistent implementation of protocols

- Excellent organizational and time management skills

- Familiarity with trail cameras, field navigation with a map and compass, GPS units, navigating to GPS coordinates.

- Prior experience live-capturing and banding birds

- Able to work well both independently as well as with others

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

- Excellent computer skills

- Able to consistently lift loads of 50 pounds

- Possess a valid driver's license

- Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint



- Formal academic training in wildlife ecology

- Prior experience capturing turkeys

- Prior experience with trail camera research projects, photo organization, and photo classification

- Experience using trailers, snow machines, ATVs, and UTVs

- Proficiency using program R



This is a Limited Term Employment (LTE) position. LTE positions do not automatically lead to permanent state employment or enjoy the same benefits as permanent employees; however, these positions do offer valuable work experience and an opportunity to learn more about career opportunities with the Department of Natural Resources and the State of Wisconsin.

How to Apply:

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Deadline to Apply

Applications must be received by 11:59pm, Central Time, on November 27th, 2023 in order to be considered.

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