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Become A Wildlife Technician

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Working As A Wildlife Technician

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • $41,650

    Average Salary

What Does A Wildlife Technician Do At State of Massachusetts

* Wildlife surveys including but not limited to: breeding surveys for upland game birds and waterfowl, New England cottontail pellet surveys, deer abundance surveys.
* Vegetation surveys, vegetation impact and deer-browsing surveys, forest inventory and timber marking, wetland delineations.
* Radio/VHF telemetry tracking of collared Black bears.
* Black bear and New England cottontail trapping.
* Record keeping, data entry, and equipment maintenance.
* Other related duties as assigned.
* Daily working hours will not be the standard 9 am to 5 pm, and may include early morning, late evening and weekend work.
* Applicant must have their own transportation to travel to and from work.
* A state vehicle will be provided for all work related activities.
* Valid Drivers License required

What Does A Wildlife Technician Do At Texas A&M University

* Obtain agreement from landowners, ranchers or administrators prior to conducting wildlife damage management services on land, maintaining regular contact with those involved.
* Use a variety of various control devices, chemicals, tools, firearms and related equipment needed for wildlife and avian damage management operations.
* Prepare baits and lures and sets control devices such as snares, traps etc in accordance with standard operating procedures
* Performs tasks in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations.
* Maintains and repairs tools, supplies and equipment.
* Maintain state pesticide records and restrictions
* Participate as a gunner or ground crew member in aerial hunting activities.
* Reports activities to District Supervisor.
* Uses GPS to identify location of traps, etc.
* Operate and maintain safety in all operations of motor vehicles, firearms, control devices and chemicals
* Prepares routine records of activities, observations, field conditions and contacts made.
* Prepares accurate and timely reports and database documents

What Does A Wildlife Technician Do At Rollins, Inc.

* using a ladder within the manufacturer's weight capacity of 275 lbs
* lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs
* access crawl spaces, attics, confined spaces, roof tops, etc.
* ability to work in various weather conditions

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How To Become A Wildlife Technician

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. It is important for prospective biological technicians to gain laboratory experience while they are in school.

Education

Biological technicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field. Most colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs in the biological sciences.

Biological science programs usually include courses in general biology, as well as in specific subfields such as ecology, microbiology, and physiology. In addition to taking courses in biology, students must study chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Computer science courses are helpful for learning how to model and simulate biological processes and for learning how to operate some laboratory equipment. 

Laboratory experience is important for prospective biological technicians, so students should take biology courses that emphasize laboratory work.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Biological technicians need to conduct scientific experiments and analyses with accuracy and precision.

Communication skills. Biological technicians must understand and follow the instructions of their managing scientists. They also need to be able to communicate their processes and findings clearly in written reports.

Critical-thinking skills. Biological technicians draw conclusions from experimental results through sound reasoning and judgment.

Observational skills. Biological technicians must constantly monitor their experiments. They need to keep a complete, accurate record of their work, including the conditions under which the experiment was carried out, the procedures they followed, and the results they obtained.

Technical skills. Biological technicians need to set up and operate sophisticated equipment and instruments. They also may need to adjust equipment to ensure that experiments are conducted properly.

Other Experience

Prospective biological technicians should have laboratory experience. In addition to coursework, students may gain laboratory experience during summer internships with prospective employers, such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers, or in university laboratories.

Advancement

Biological technicians may advance to scientist positions, such as microbiologist, after a few years of experience working as a technician or after earning a master’s degree or Ph.D. Gaining more experience and higher levels of education often allows biological technicians to move into positions such as natural sciences managers or postsecondary teachers.

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Wildlife Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    62.6%
  • Female

    35.0%
  • Unknown

    2.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    86.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    7.4%
  • Asian

    4.8%
  • Unknown

    1.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    54.2%
  • French

    16.7%
  • Dakota

    12.5%
  • German

    8.3%
  • Swedish

    4.2%
  • Portuguese

    4.2%
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Top Skills for A Wildlife Technician

WildlifeHabitatGarminGPSWaterQualityRadioTelemetryDataEntryDataCollectionGoshawkGISATVInvasiveSpeciesControlBiologicalSamplesWildlifeSurveysSmallMammalsArcgisManagementAreaBiologicalDataNuisanceWildlifePestHeavyEquipmentBigGame

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Top Wildlife Technician Skills

  1. Wildlife Habitat
  2. Garmin GPS
  3. Water Quality
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Established vegetation monitoring plots to assess and monitor plant communities for wildlife habitat.
  • Used hand held Garmin GPS, digital camera and topographic maps to navigate and record data.
  • Performed water sampling techniques for research in water quality, temperature, nutrient content and pH.
  • Locate and track hens using radio telemetry to estimate nest success and summer range.
  • Perform data entry, prepare Power Point presentations, construct graphs and data sheets, and perform other computer related activities.

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