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Wildlife Damage Management Technician

Texas A&M AgriLife

Angleton ,  Texas
Ecology Wildlife

Major/Essential Duties of Job Obtains agreements from landowners, ranchers, or administrators prior to conducting wildlife damage management services on private lands. May be required to contact adjacent landowners or residents to advise of impending wildlife damage management activities. Maintains rapport and makes regular contact with cooperators. Incumbent will use a variety of various control devices, chemicals, tools, firearms, and related equipment utilized in wildlife and avian damage management operations. Prepares baits and lures and sets control devices such as snares, traps, etc. in accordance with standard operating procedures.

Performs simple, repetitive tasks requiring only a basic familiarity of biological, agricultural, and wildlife damage management operations. Conducts all operations in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Responsible for the maintenance, repair, and safekeeping of tools, supplies, and equipment. When using M-44 or other toxic materials, must maintain records pursuant to the state pesticide statutes and regulations and Environmental Protection Agency use restrictions. Participates as a gunner or ground crew member in aerial hunting activities as authorized by cooperative agreements and in accordance with state ad federal regulations.

Maintains weekly contact with the District Supervisor to report wildlife damage management activities in assigned area. Uses GPS to identify the location of set traps, snares and M-44s. Must demonstrate a respect for safety in all operations, including the operation of motor vehicles, firearms, control devises, and toxicants. Incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner, so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, the general public or property.
Occasional Duties Prepares routine and basic records of daily activities, observations, field conditions, or contacts made for purposes of exchanging factual information. Prepares management information system (MIS) documents weekly or as required. Documents must be prepared accurately and submitted timely.

Other job related duties as required.

Required Education: High school diploma or equivalent combination of training and experience

Preferred Education: Bachelor's degree in wildlife management or courses of study related to the habitats and backgrounds of various wildlife species.

Required Experience: Farm or ranch background.

Preferred Experience: Previous experience as a Wildlife Damage Management Technician, or related experience pertaining to the control and of management wildlife predation.

Required licenses, certifications, or registrations: Current Texas certified pesticide applicator license; must receive Alpha Chloralose certification within within 60 days of employment.

Must have a valid Texas Drivers' License within 30 days of employment.
Preferred licenses, certifications, or registrations: State of Texas Pesticide Certification Lincense; Alpha Chloralose Certified

Required special knowledge, abilities, and skills:

  • Knowledge of the habits, characteristics, and habitats occupied by a wide variety of mammalian, rodent, and avian species that are, or may become, threats to economic interests, public health or human safety.
  • Knowledge of endangered species concepts that may come in conflict with any phase of wildlife damage management programs. Knowledge of integrated pest management. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally to coordinate and organize special projects.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, regulations, or ordinances regarding wildlife damage management activities. 

 

Preferred special knowledge, abilities, and skills: Knowledge of wildlife damage management techniques including toxicants, aversive agents, auditory devices, mechanical devices, adn environmental controls to develop appropriate and effective widlife damage management strategies.



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