Under general supervision performs a variety of tasks to assist with wildlife-related field studies. May act as lead worker over conservation aides. May work independently on assigned portions of a larger project.
Designs and conducts routine field observations and surveys; compiles and enters data for subsequent computer analysis; analyzes and interprets routine information; captures animals to be marked for field studies; maintains field equipment; and supervises others who perform these tasks. Assists with preparation of project reports. Many of these positions are seasonal or temporary.
Considerable knowledge of routine wildlife field methods and procedures; skill in the use of specialized equipment, especially telemetry equipment and devices to capture animals; must be able to follow written and verbal instructions; make accurate observations; compile and analyze data accurately; maintain effective working relationships with others; and work effectively in potentially adverse circumstances of weather, terrain, and handling wild animals.
Research Assistant requires the equivalent of a high school diploma and four years of relevant experience.