Wildlife Area Technician
State of Ohio - Sandusky County, OH

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Performs a variety of wildlife management practices for upland, forestland & wetland wildlife & assists area supervisor with project planning for public & private land; performs mechanical & chemical vegetation control, controlled burning, plowing, disking, tree cutting, no-till & conventional seeding, select cutting & timber stand improvement; applies pesticides, plants food plots & trees; maintains dikes & water level control structures, constructs brushpiles; constructs, erects & maintains nest structure; operates various types of trucks, bulldozers, backhoes, tractors, farm & shop equipment (e.g., tillage, mowing, herbicide spraying) necessary to complete upland, forestland & wetland wildlife management practices; conducts field inspections & prepares necessary reports; releases pheasants & turkeys; traps, ages, sexes & bands waterfowl, barn owls, mourning doves & turkeys uses box net & remote detonator); ages & sexes deer at check stations & conducts hunter bag checks; conducts wildlife audio-visual, ro ad kill & tally pole surveys; completes research surveys, including nest structure utilization, furbearer sexing & aging, grouse, turkey, woodcock, barn owls, dove & waterfowl population data collections; assists in evaluation & developing wetland habitat using laserplane level; compiles information, prepares & submits necessary reports; works with private landowners to identify wildlife damage to crops & recommends control measures; captures; handles & transports injured, orphaned, nuisance, & sick wild animals. Assists wildlife area supervisor in project coordination & acts as lead worker for seasonal & volunteer workers on five wildlife areas totaling approximately 3,307 acres; assists wildlife area supervisor with training, scheduling & monitoring work of seasonals & volunteer workers; assists area supervisor with monitoring compliance on co-op farming & timber sale agreements; assists area supervisor with reports (e.g., vehicle, activity) & securing controlled burning permits; identifies vegetation & assists with cover mapping of wildlife areas. Performs maintenance of public use facilities (e.g., cleans, repairs, mows grass, picks up trash, erects signs); maintains buildings, parking lots, access roads, target ranges & trails; maintains equipment used in habitat management including trucks, large tractors, chainsaws, bulldozers, backhoes, mowers, planters, disks, plows, other miscellaneous types of farm equipment; maintains stationary shop & hand held power tools, hand tools, welders, boats & outboard motors; performs carpentry, plumbing & vehicle inspections & updates maintenance records; maintains inventory records on maintenance parts & fluids; drives a pickup truck to get from one work location to another, four wheel drive trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks; tows trailers for transporting equipment. Answers inquiries from the public & distributes general information; assists area supervisor with planning, conducting & presenting area tours & talks to school groups, sportsman clubs & the general public on wildlife habitat management & research activities; assists personnel from other sections (e.g., assists wildlife officers with wildlife violations; picks up & disposes of road killed deer; & assists fish unit with streambank stabilization project & electrofishing surveys.

Minimum Qualifications:
Completion of associate core program in wildlife management or related field of study; valid driver's license.

  • Or 12 mos. exp. in wildlife habitat & conservation activities to include wildlife habitat evaluation, preparation & implementation of wildlife plans, capturing, tagging & collecting data from wildlife species, assisting with wildlife research activities & operation of associated equipment; valid driver's license.
  • Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.
Major Worker Characteristics:
Knowledge of: inventory control; work force planning; lead work; safety practices (OSHA); public relations; natural sciences (wildlife mgt. practices). Skilled in: equipment operation (pickup truck, bulldozer, backhoe, tractor, farm machinery, shop & hand tools, box net & remote detonator, laserplane level). Ability to: interpret variety of instruction in written, oral, picture or schedule form; add, subtract, multiply & divide whole numbers; copy material accurately & recognize grammatical & spelling errors; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; cooperate with co-workers on group projects. -Must possess a current Driver’s License.

Supplemental Information:
Training and Development Required to Remain in the Classification After Employment: Pesticide applicator license as issued by Department of Agriculture within 1 yr. of hire. Unusual Working Conditions : Exposed to inclement weather; pesticides & herbicides; diseased or dead animals. For questions regarding this position contact Kim Adkins @ 614.265.6332.

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