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MIGRATORY BIRD FIELD TECHNICIAN – Two seasonal Migratory Bird Field
Technicians are needed to assist the Fish and Wildlife Management Program at
Fort Drum, New York. The incumbent will work on Fort Drum as a participant
with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Location:
Fort Drum is a United States Army installation located 10 miles northeast of
Watertown, New York and in close proximity to Canada, the Thousand Islands,
and Adirondack Park. The base covers approximately 106,000 acres.
Qualifications: The incumbent must be in good physical condition and willing
to work during all times of the day (especially early mornings), in all
types of weather and conditions, and during some weekends. The position
requires a high level of personal initiative, attention to detail, and
ability to work independently and in small groups within general guidelines.
A valid driver’s license is required. Ability to identify grassland birds by
sight and sound is highly desirable; knowledge of flora and fauna of
northern New York is preferred. Primary Duties: The Migratory Bird Field
Technician will be primarily responsible for conducting bird and vegetation
surveys in grassland habitats on Fort Drum. Salary: Pay rate will be
approximately $15/hour. Housing is not provided, although it may be possible
to share in a communal housing arraignment. Duration of Employment:
Employment will begin approximately 1 May 12011 and run into August 2011.
The start date is flexible for students still in classes during May.
Deadline: Applications must be received by Friday, 18 March 2011.
Application Information: Send cover letter, résumé, and names, email
addresses, and phone numbers of three references to the following address
(preferably via email): NATE GROSSE (EM: [log in to unmask]),
28 Monroe Ave Apt #4 Brockport, NY 14420 (PH: 585-313-5336).
SEASONAL BIOLOGISTS/SOUTHERN MAINE (2) – Two full-time seasonal biologists
to monitor and manage endangered least terns and piping plovers in Southern
Maine. Duties include: locating nests, erecting fencing, tracking nest
success and fledglings, monitoring predation, supervising project interns
and volunteers, conducting outreach programs, and negotiating and
implementing management agreements (private and public). Successful
applicants will: have experience working with birds; have excellent
observation skills; be a diplomatic and effective communicator; walk
extensively on soft substrates (sand beaches); lift and carry heavy
equipment (50 pounds or more); have ability and willingness to work outdoors
on beaches in all weather conditions; clean driving record last 5 years;
Bachelor's degree in related field required. These full-time positions run
20 April to 16 August 2011. Some weekend work required. Stipend range is
$460-$500/week depending on experience. EOE. E-mail cover letter, resume,
and contact information for three references to (EM:
[log in to unmask]) or send to Seasonal Biologist Search Committee,
Maine Audubon, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd., Falmouth, ME 04105.
Applications reviewed starting March 4. Search done when positions filled.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. – The Alaska Bird Observatory (ABO) in Fairbanks,
Alaska, seeks an energetic individual skilled in fundraising, public
speaking, outreach, and organizational management to serve as Executive
Director. ABO is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the
appreciation, understanding, and conservation of birds and their habitats
through research and education. The Executive Director will oversee an
enthusiastic and talented staff, and work closely with the Board of
Directors, members, partners, and the public to meet the organization’s
mission. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume, and
three references to (EM: edsearchATalaskabird.org).
Information about ABO and our programs can be found at (URL:
BIRD BANDING INTERN (2) – Mid-May through mid-August. Location: National
Audubon Society, Sharon Audubon Center, Sharon, CT. Qualifications:.
Good birding skills and knowledge of eastern birds; previous mist-netting
and banding experience helpful but not necessary, training provided.
Driver’s license and own transportation is required. Duties:
Operate mist-netting and banding (MAPS) stations in CT and NY. Each summer
Audubon Sharon hires two interns to mist-net and band songbirds that are
breeding on their property. Banding takes place at the Sharon Audubon Center
and the Miles Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, as well as Great Mountain Forest
in Norfolk and the Buttercup Farm Sanctuary in Stamfordville, N.Y. To date
nearly, 5000 birds have been banded. Many of these birds return to breed at
the same locations year after year giving us the opportunity to gain a
better understanding of how old they are and how successful they may be at
breeding and completing their migration each winter. Salary: $260-$330/week
plus housing & mileage reimbursement. Filing date: 15 April 2011.
Application: Send resume, letter of interest, and names, addresses and phone
numbers of 3 references to: SCOTT HETH, Sharon Audubon Center, MAPS Project,
325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon, CT 06069 (PH: 860-364-0520 x10 FX:
860-364-5792 EM: [log in to unmask]). Email applications preferred, if
FLAMMULATED OWL FIELD TECHNICIANS (2 to 4) needed to assist with surveys of
Flammulated Owls in Sequoia National Forest, California. (approx. 6 May – 1
July 2011). The study area covers three mountain ranges (Piute, Greenhorn
and Sierra Nevada) within Sequoia National Forest. Technicians will travel
extensively between sites to conduct surveys (sometimes requiring hiking on
uneven, steep terrain). Nocturnal surveys will commence a ½ hour after
sunset and continue into the night. Technicians will also write brief
habitat descriptions and enter and proof field data . Qualifications: 1)
must be enthusiastic, have a strong work ethic and be physically fit. 2)
good hearing and vision, and 3) experience with standardized surveys.
Applicants should also be comfortable with working after dark in remote
areas. All applicants must be able to work alone as well as in a team. Start
and end dates are somewhat flexible.
Housing (in Weldon, CA) and work vehicles are provided. Some camping will be
required and technicians will need to provide their own camping equipment.
Long hours are required for the project, thus the work schedule will
typically be 4 days on 3 days off. The salary is $1,800/month + per diem
(when camping). Applicants should email a cover letter stating their
interest in the position dates of availability, a resume, and names and
contact information (email and phone) of three references to: MARY WHITFIELD
(EM: mjwhitfield.ssrs AT gmail.com) by 25 March. The Southern Sierra
Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SCHOLARSHIP FOR MSc/PhD study at the School of Zoology, University of
Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. Topic: Conservation genetics of the Providence
Petrel. A fully funded research project with scholarship is available for
immediate start. Background to project: Petrels are often important seabird
species with respect to nutrient inputs to oceanic islands, where they
commonly nest. However, on Norfolk Island (southwest
Pacific) a huge colony of Providence Petrels (>1 million breeding pairs) was
hunted to extinction by humans during the early 1800's. In the following 200
years the vegetation of Norfolk Island has declined, with ensuing problems
of erosion, and degradation of habitat for other imperiled taxa such as the
endemic Norfolk parakeet. For these reasons, managers seek to re-establish a
population of Providence Petrel on Norfolk Island by releasing individuals
sourced from Lord Howe Island (over 1000 km away). Similar colony
re-establishments have already been performed successfully for petrel
species on other islands. However, in this case an important conservation
implication is the fate of a small Providence Petrel colony at Phillip
Island (~30 individuals, only 4 km from Norfolk... not the "Phillip Island"
near Melbourne). Individuals at Phillip Island exhibit different behavior
from those at Lord Howe (e.g.
time of return to colony), and could represent the sole-perilously
small-population of a distinct species. The aim of this study is to assess
the distinctiveness of Lord Howe and Phillip Island Providence Petrels. The
project will use a variety of genetic techniques (nuclear introns,
microsatellites, mitochondrial DNA) to determine whether the Phillip Island
colony may require consideration before proceeding with re-establishing a
Norfolk Island colony. Molecular analysis will also be performed on
paleontological Norfolk Island material, to assess the genetic
distinctiveness of this now extinct colony. Comparisons of morphology and
call dialect will also be performed. The breeding season occurs in May, and
a field trip to Phillip Island to collect blood samples in 2011 is a
possibility if a student can enroll in time. The scope of the project can be
varied to represent either an MSc or PhD study. The project is based at the
University of Tasmania (URL:
http://www.utas.edu.au), one of Australia's oldest universities, with great
opportunities for intellectual development and also outdoor recreation. The
Central Science Laboratory contains a large, well-equipped molecular
genetics facility. Work on the paleontological material will be conducted
with Dr. Trevor Worthy (University of New South Wales) and Dr Jeremy Austin
at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (URL:
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/acad/). Dr David Priddel and Nicholas Carlile
from the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change will oversee
fieldwork. Applicants require a BSc with a substantial research component to
part of their study (the latter may have been achieved by different means
depending on the country of study; within Australia this typically
represents a BSc Honours degree).
Demonstrated expertise with molecular laboratory procedures is desirable
(DNA extraction, PCR, DNA sequencing, microsatellite genotyping) but not
essential, as are interests in conservation biology, molecular ecology, and
species delineation. The Scholarship comprises $AUS 22,500 per year
(2 years for MSc; 3 years for PhD with a possible 6 month extension).
Student fees will be required if the you are not an Australian or New
Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident ($AUS 18,400 per year
for MSc; $AUS 19,376 per year for PhD), unless you are able to attract your
own scholarship, in which case the fees will be waived.
Students from a non-English speaking background will require proof of
English-language ability (e.g. an IELTS of 6.5). To apply: Please send a
cover letter expressing your interest (in the form of an e-mail), contact
details of at least two referees, and an curriculum vitae to DR.
CHRIS BURRIDGE (EM: chris.burridge AT utas.edu.au). Applications remain open
until the position is filled.
FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (2) are needed, 16 May through July 2011, to
complete surveys of breeding birds in northern Wisconsin and north-central
Minnesota as part of a research project investigating the effects of green
tree retention on avian and bat species assemblages within managed red and
jack pine forests of the western Great Lakes region. Work will be near
Tomahawk, WI and Brainerd, MN. Daily duties include conducting point counts,
vegetation sampling, and data entry.
Assistants will also have the opportunity to conduct acoustic detection
surveys for bats and carabid beetle activity density surveys. Qualified
applicants must be able to identify Midwestern birds by sight and sound and
have excellent hearing. Other requirements include: the physical ability and
desire to work early and long hours in the field, ability to travel,
tolerance for challenging conditions (e.g., humidity, biting bugs),
orienteering and GPS experience, a valid driver’s license, and the ability
to work well in a team environment. Use of personal vehicle may also be
required. Previous experience with point count, vegetation, and bat survey
techniques are desirable, but training will be provided assuming that bird
identification skills are acceptable. Wages of $9-$11/hour or
$1440-$1760/month (DOE), mileage reimbursement, equipment and training will
be provided. Housing will be provided in either MN or WI, but some camping
may be necessary - applicants must be willing to camp. E-mail letter of
interest, resume, and contact information (name, phone number, address,
e-mail) for 3 references to: KORI HUTCHISON, Graduate Research Assistant,
College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (EM:
[log in to unmask]). Last date to apply is 18 March 2011
WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST – ICF International is seeking an energetic,
self-motivated, and resourceful wildlife biologist to join our team in
Gillette, Wyoming. Primary duties will include project management related to
planning, implementing, and personally conducting biological surveys (aerial
and ground) for big game, grouse, raptors, mountain plovers, and other
terrestrial species. The position also requires supervision of biological
technicians. Client management and resource agency coordination will be
integral to the daily tasks, and strong, verified writing skills are a
requirement. A demonstrated knowledge of short-grass prairie/shrub-steppe
vegetation, NEPA, and conservation planning are desirable qualities as well.
The peak field season (April through June) will require over 40 hours per
week, including early mornings, some weekends, and in potentially
unfavorable weather conditions. Compensation will include a starting annual
salary of $40-45K (DOE) and a competitive benefits package (health, dental,
retirement, etc.). Promotional opportunities are also available depending on
performance. The position is available immediately and will remain open
until filled. Successful applicants will possess a M.S. in wildlife biology
or a closely related field, and previous consulting experience or biological
resource management is a plus. Also required is an overall dedication to
excellence, integrity, diligence, and sense of pride in their work; critical
thinking skills; a demonstrated ability to work independently; solid field
skills including the ability to navigate using maps and GPS; and a working
knowledge of ArcGIS. Experience with AutoCAD and Microsoft Access are
preferred. A valid driver’s license and the ability to operate four-wheel
drive trucks and ATVs are required. If you are interested in a challenging
and rewarding opportunity with a dynamic firm, please e-mail (PDF or WORD) a
cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to (EM:
[log in to unmask]). Include reference code #1000001280 in the subject line. ICF
International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT needed to investigate the relationship between
red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) foraging habitat quality and population
fitness. The successful candidate will be employed by North Carolina State
University but stationed at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South
Carolina. The candidate will develop a thorough critical review of the
literature on foraging habitat and its relation to RCW population
characteristics and conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses of
existing SRS data to assess relationships between RCW demographics and
foraging habitat attributes. The expected start date is
1 April 2011 or as soon as the successful candidate is chosen. The position
is funded for 1-2 years. Applicants should have a Master’s degree in
wildlife biology, zoology, conservation biology, or other related field.
Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge of forest management
and RCW ecology. Ability to use quantitative methods and experience modeling
animal populations also is preferred. Salary is $38,000/year plus benefits.
Interested individuals should send a cover letter outlining experience and
research interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three
references to CHRIS MOORMAN (EM:
chris_moorman AT ncsu.edu). The application deadline is 31 March 2011, but
applications will be evaluated as they arrive.
SENIOR BIOLOGIST-EXPERIENCE WITH ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT for Portland, OR –
Our Portland, Oregon Energy Group is currently seeking a Senior Biologist
with experience in all phases of the Endangered Species Act as well as the
environment of the Pacific Northwest. The qualified candidate should have
experience with large, high-profile projects, which required the preparation
of biological assessments. Experience with depositions and working with
legal staff is desirable. The qualified candidate will have 15+ years of
direct experience and a master's degree or Ph D in wildlife biology or a
related field. The chosen individual must have excellent management skills
and team leadership abilities, and must be able to work on fast-paced
projects, with multi-disciplined teams to meet client expectations.
Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal and technical
communication skills, with the ability to oversee and perform peer review of
technical work products. Tetra Tech EC, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and we value team-oriented workplace and workforce diversity. We
invite resumes from all interested parties including women, minorities,
veterans and persons with disabilities. Tetra Tech offers their employees a
comprehensive compensation package and the opportunity to work on large
scale government projects. Please visit our website at
(URL: http://www.tteci.com or http://www.tetratech.com) to see the array of
services that we provide and exciting projects we are currently working on.
Candidates who are interested in joining our dynamic team should submit a
resume to Tetra Tech EC at (EM:
[log in to unmask]). Resumes should include salary requirements.
Pre-employment drug screen required.
VOLUNTEER SUPERVISOR IN NICARAGUA – 1 person needed for a study on the
hormonal correlates of parental behavior in Rufous-and-White Wrens, which
are hosts for the obligate brood parasite the Striped Cuckoo. This
post-doctoral study is conducted through NSF and Columbia University.
The position runs from 1 June - 1 Oct 2011 in Miraflor Reserve in northern
Nicaragua. Food and lodging will be provided, approx.
$500/month. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel costs.
Responsibilities: supervising and coordinating a group of Nicaraguan field
assistants responsible for nest searching and monitoring. This includes
reviewing data sheets and coordinating nest revisions and mist netting. As
such the applicant must be conversational in Spanish. The applicant will
also be responsible for setting up and checking mist nets and collecting
blood from the jugular and brachial veins, as well as taking morphological
measurements. Must have prior experience with either of these techniques.
Other duties will include behavioral observations, nest revisions, weighing
and banding nestlings, and vegetation surveys. The field site conditions are
mountainous and muddy with frequent rains. Volunteers will be housed with
local families, and should be prepared for local living conditions,
including lack of running water and electricity, and basic traditional
foods. Applicants must also be physically fit, able to navigate with a
compass and map, have excellent communication skills, able to recognize
color bands on birds, have a strong work ethic, and able take meticulous
Applicants with managerial experience preferred. The ability to work in
Spanish is REQUIRED. Please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. MELISSA MARK,
(EM: [log in to unmask]).
GRASSLAND BIRD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (1-2) are sought for an ongoing study of
population demographics of grassland birds. The field sites are located on
wildlife management areas, refuges, waterfowl production areas in
southwestern Nebraska. The primary objective of this project is to develop
predictive models that will assist in management actions for game and
non-game birds alike. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to
gain experience in many of the field techniques used in avian research and
have the opportunity to work and interact with graduate students conducting
innovative science at the sites. Field work and data collection for the
project will involve surveying birds, vegetation and mesopredator occupancy
throughout much of Nebraska, requiring considerable time spent in the field
with transportation between field sites provided. Qualifications: A
successful applicant will be highly motivated, with a strong work ethic, a
passion for field work, excellent communication skills, and the ability to
work in collaboration. Proficiency in avian point count surveys is strongly
desired. Familiarity with handling birds, GPS, vegetation sampling, and
trail cameras is preferred. Applicant must be willing to work before sunrise
and in harsh weather conditions. A valid driver’s license is required; a
driver’s license check will be conducted. The project runs from ~25 April
and ends ~25 July. Starting dates may be flexible.
Workers will be expected to work 40hrs/week at $10-$11/hr depending on
experience. Hours may vary. No benefits. Position is grant funded. The
application process has already begun and will continue until all positions
are filled. TO APPLY: Please send as a PDF or Word document a letter of
interest describing your experience, your resume and the email addresses and
phone numbers of 3 references to: (EM:
[log in to unmask]). Application Deadline: 1 April 2011
MEXICAN SPOTTED OWL FIELD TECHNICIAN needed to conduct protocol surveys in
the Carson National Forest in north-central New Mexico (near Tres Piedras).
Likely project dates: April - July 2011. If not previously certified to
conduct MSO surveys, technician will be expected to attend training
workshops prior to beginning field work. Upon successful completion of
training, technician and crew leader will conduct nighttime surveys, either
as a team or independently in the same general area. Terrain at the site is
rugged coniferous forest; expect to hike off-trail regularly in steep,
rugged terrain, sometimes under difficult conditions. Most fieldwork will
occur at night, but daytime follow-up visits will be conducted if responses
are detected. Technician must be able to work independently with minimal
supervision; have prior experience conducting avian surveys in remote,
mountainous areas; be experienced with backcountry navigation (w/ maps,
compass, and GPS); and be physically capable of off-trail hiking for long
periods in darkness.
Degree in a biologically related field is preferred. The standard work
schedule will be ten days on/four days off. Primitive camping, often without
phone service or facilities, will be required at the site. A valid driver's
license, personal vehicle (4WD preferred), proof of auto insurance,
binoculars, camping gear, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm are required.
Monthly salary of $1,800-$2,500 DOE, plus mileage and a modest lodging
stipend (reimbursed). Please e-mail a cover letter including dates of
availability, resume, and at least three references
to: (EM: gail AT hawksaloft.org). visit our website: (URL:
PRBO SIERRA NEVADA SONGBIRD PROGRAM One position available on PRBO’s
songbird monitoring project in the southern Sierra Nevada of California.
Project dates: ~25 April through 31 July 2011 (end date is flexible after 15
July). Primary duties include multi-species point counting, call-playback
surveys, vegetation surveys, data entry, orienteering and driving 4x4
vehicles. This project offers a unique opportunity to explore and observe
birds across a wide range of habitats and help guide forest management in
the ecologically significant Sierra Nevada. Field work covers a vast range
of elevations and habitats, including, aspen, oak, meadow, and coniferous
forest. The position is based in the southern Sierra Nevada, on Sierra and
Sequoia National Forests. Survey sites are located mostly in front county
areas but also include sites in the John Muir, Ansel Adams, Golden Trout and
Domeland Wilderness. The candidate will be part of a 2-person team that
spends 95% of the field season traveling and camping throughout the southern
Sierra and needs to be comfortable with the isolation and hazards involved
(safety training is provided) and comfortable with a large amount of driving
(often 2-4 hours per day). Successful candidates must be able to identify
over 100 bird species by sight and sound following three weeks of training
and be able to hike cross-country in mountainous terrain. Compensation is
$2773/month with work vehicles provided. Housing will be secured at
approximately $200 – 300/mo. Candidates must have previous experience in
western bird identification by sight and sound, specifically, conducting
point counts. Experience in backcountry navigation, backpacking and strong
physical fitness is also required. We also require self-motivation, an
enthusiasm for travel and camping, willingness to spend long hours in the
field observing birds and the ability to work well independently and in a
team environment. In one document (PDF or MS Word), email a letter of
interest describing your qualifications, specific dates of availability, a
resume, and contact information for three references to: ALISSA FOGG (EM:
afogg AT prbo.org).
CROSSBILL BIOLOGISTS (2) in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho – Two field
assistants needed from 1 June – 20 August to continue a long-term research
project with crossbills in the South Hills of Idaho. The field site is
located in south-central Idaho in the Cassia district of he Sawtooth
National Forest about 40 miles southeast of Twin Falls, ID.
Research is directed at conservation of the South Hills Crossbill, a
resident Red Crossbill population restricted to lodgepole pine forest.
Duties consist of extracting birds from mist-nets, resighting banded
individuals, conducting bird point counts, taking basic vegetative
measurements, and data entry. Summers are usually dry and temperatures range
from 40s at night to highs in the 70s to 80s during the day, although during
the first two weeks of June snowfall is likely.
Assistants are expected to work 5-7 days per week. Qualifications: Must have
experience handling and removing songbirds (especially finches) from mist
nets and be comfortable living in a remote location with few amenities. A
good sense of humor, positive attitude, creativity and patience are a must
when trying to determine how to handle daily field situations. Good
communication skills, ability to walk on uneven terrain with a 30 lb
backpack, experience conducting point counts, and experience collecting
basic habitat measurements are also desired.
Experience driving 4WD/ATV vehicles a plus. A competitive applicant will be
responsible, detail-oriented, hard working, comfortable working alone in
remote locations, and interested in avian ecology and conservation.
Personal transportation required. Compensation: Housing, worker’s
compensation insurance, on-site mileage reimbursement for work-related
tasks, and $380/week. Application: Please send a cover letter, resume, and
contact information for three references to JULIE HART at the University of
Wyoming (EM: [log in to unmask], PH: 802-770-0107). For more information, visit
(URL: http://www.uwyo.edu/benkman/). Applications accepted until positions
AVIAN FIELD BIOLOGIST: The Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab at The Ohio
State University seeks two avian field biologists for a study on the
stopover ecology of migrant landbirds near Lake Erie in Northwestern Ohio, a
region used by immense numbers of migratory birds. The study will go from
Mid-April until the end of May/early June 2011 (with the possibility of
extension). Field biologists will be involved in conducting point counts for
migrants in areas near Lake Erie, quantifying vegetation, and potentially in
mist-netting and tracking migrants via telemetry units. Qualifications:
extensive prior field experience in bird identification and an ability to
effectively identify eastern breeding birds by sight and sound is essential.
Familiarity with avian survey techniques is important. Must be willing to
work long hours in variable conditions (weather, insects, terrain) and work
well both independently and as part of a team. A valid driver’s license is
required. Those with a strong work ethic and passion for birds are strongly
encouraged to apply. To apply: send a resume, cover letter, and contact
information for 3 references as a single document with your last name in the
document’s title to the email address below. Review of applications will
begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Please
indicate start/end date availability in your cover letter as well as your
abilities in identifying eastern birds by sight and sound. Last date to
apply: 15 March 2011. Salary: (URL:
http://twel.osu.edu/) Contact: PATRICK JOHNSON (EM: patricklyonjohnson AT
2-3 FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS are still needed for Dr. Tom Martin's
long-term research project which examines the evolution of life-history
traits as well as the influence of predation rates, habitat structure, and
microclimate on breeding behaviors in birds. We are hiring for the following
positions: songbird bander (2) and egg/nestling measuring assistant (1).
Field research assistants will have the opportunity to gain exposure to many
of the techniques used in avian field research such as nest-searching,
mist-netting, target-netting, territory mapping, re-sighting, vegetation
surveys, nestling and egg measurements, and video-taping nests. The study
site is located in North Central Arizona in the Coconino National Forest at
8,000 ft. elevation in montane forest. The field camp is remote and requires
tent living (you must provide your own tent). Pay for these positions is
$1176-$1250/month DOE. The project runs from 1 May 2011 and will end no
later than 25 Jul 2011. Applicants should have a strong work ethic as well
as enthusiasm and appreciation for scientific research. One season of
banding experience is preferred for the banding positions, but at a minimum
candidates for these positions must have some familiarity with extracting
birds from mist nets. For the egg/nestling measuring assistant position we
would prefer candidates who have some experience with one or more of the
following: measuring nestlings, weighing eggs, banding nestling or adult
birds, and/or nest searching. Candidates for the egg/nestling measuring
assistant position must have a valid U.S.
driver's license and be comfortable driving large SUVs (automatic
transmission) on rugged gravel roads. For position details, please see our
Review of applications is occurring now, and will continue until positions
are filled. Please submit 1) a cover letter stating your interest in the
project as well as your desired position and relevant experience 2) a resume
3) the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:
(EM: arizona.bird.crew AT gmail.com). We prefer email submissions, but if
you must surface mail application materials you may send them to: Arizona
Hiring C/O JEN OLSON, Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, 205
Natural Science, Missoula, MT
59812 (PH: 406- 243-6007). Enthusiasm and a strong work ethic are more
important than experience!
ONE PH.D. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP is available within the Wyoming Cooperative
Fish & Wildlife Research Unit and Department of Zoology & Physiology at the
University of Wyoming, leading to a degree in Zoology or Ecology. The fully
funded project will focus on testing the efficacy of using sage-grouse as an
umbrella species for the conservation and management of other
sagebrush-associated non-game species. The project will entail spatial
modeling, experimental, and observational approaches, and has a
multi-taxonomic (songbirds, small mammals, pygmy rabbits and reptiles)
focus. The successful candidate will have the flexibility to add additional
research components of interest provided the primary project objectives are
met. The project will be especially ideal for students interested in spatial
ecology, conservation biology, wildlife-habitat relationships, and/or
sagebrush ecosystems. Start date:
Fall semester (late August), 2011. Support: The successful candidate will be
provided a competitive annual stipend (approximately $21,060), and tuition
and health coverage. Serving as a teaching assistant within the department
will be required for a maximum of 2 semesters.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in a
biology-related field, GPA of 3.3 or greater, GRE scores of 1100 or greater,
genuine interest in the project, and strong work ethic. Desired
qualifications: M.S. degree related to ecology/wildlife biology, GRE scores
greater than 1200, considerable field research experience, experience with
avian field research techniques (especially nest-searching and monitoring),
interest in both conceptual and applied wildlife ecology, ability to
respectfully interact with diverse entities (e.g., other scientists, agency
biologists, land owners, lab-mates, advisor), proficiency with GIS, and
solid quantitative skills.
Application procedure: Please send (via email attachment) the following
materials to DR. ANNA CHALFOUN (EM: [log in to unmask]) ASAP: (1) Letter
articulating interest in the project and lab and highlighting relevant
qualifications, (2) a resume, (3) names/contact info for three references,
and (4) GPA and GRE scores (unofficial). Candidates should not submit a
complete application package to the Department unless requested to do so.
Lab webpage for more information (URL:
BOBWHITE RESEARCH TECHNICIAN: The Ohio Bobwhite Project is looking to hire
one technician for the 2011 dispersal and breeding season. This project is
conducted in southwest Ohio in Highland and Brown Counties.
Position will extend from 1 April (or mid-May) to at least the end of July.
Primary duties will include daily telemetry of radio-marked bobwhites, nest
searching, and vegetation measurements at nest sites.
Wild bobwhites will also be continually captured, banded, and outfitted with
radio-transmitters. Applicants should be working towards or already have a
degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a related field. They should be in
good physical condition and be able to walk long distances carrying up to 25
lbs. A valid driver’s license is mandatory. Telemetry experience is a plus
but not required. Mist-netting experience is a plus but not required. This
project is conducted almost exclusively on private lands so applicants must
be able to work and interact with landowners. Applicants should also be able
to work independently as well as in a group setting and demonstrate
attention to details. Housing is provided at the field site in Hillsboro,
OH. Pets are welcome.
Technicians are responsible for getting to the field site but vehicles are
provided for transportation during project duties. Technicians are paid a
competitive hourly salary and are compensated for a 40-hour work week with
one day off per week. Applicants should anticipate longer hours during at
least the first half of season. This project involves long days and hard
work but is very rewarding. Expect to experience a diversity of grassland
bird and plant species and learn valuable field techniques. Enthusiasm and
good working relationships with other project members are more valuable than
previous work experience for this position. Applications will be reviewed as
they are received and the position will be filled ASAP. Interested
applicants should email a resume and contact information for 3 references to
MAURI LIBERATI (EM:
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ONE FIELD TECHNICIAN is needed to assist a graduate student with field
surveys of grassland birds in northern Texas. The project will explore
occupancy and density patterns and raptor flight behavior as they relate to
wind energy development. The position is scheduled to start as soon as
possible and continue for a minimum of 4 months, with a possible opportunity
for extension. Start time is flexible; however, sooner the better. The
schedule for weekly field work may vary from 5-7 days a week of survey with
the majority of surveys conducted between sunrise and 2 pm, weather
permitting. Data QA/QC and entry is expected daily after field surveys are
complete. Primary Duties: will include conducting morning avian point count
surveys; avian flight path and behavioral surveys; vegetation surveys, data
entry/proofing and having fun! Prior to surveys, you will receive field
methods for review and on-site training will be provided. You Will Gain
Experience In: Bird sample techniques, plant sample techniques, distance and
height estimation, grassland bird identification, GIS (depending on level of
interest), climbing over barbed-wire fences! Qualifications include
Preferably a minimum of two field seasons conducting avian-related work.
Successful candidates must have some experience in grassland bird
identification by both sight and sound. A sharp eye and sharp ear is needed.
Must be able to read and interpret topographic maps and operate a GPS,
rangefinder and clinometer. In order to operate field vehicles, a valid and
reasonably clean driver’s license is required. No DUI’s. Ability to work
independently while maintaining good communication with the field supervisor
is essential. Must have an attention to detail, meticulous data recording
skills and ability to adhere to survey protocols. Ability to work in
variable temperatures that may range <32 - >100 degrees F.
Preference will be given to those with a B.S. degree or higher in a wildlife
management, biology, or a related field, but everyone possessing the
criteria listed above are encouraged to apply! Please send a brief cover
letter, resume and three references (contact information required) in a
single document attached to the email listed below. Please apply ASAP as
this position will be open until filled.
Salary: $9.00-10.00/ hour DOE, apartment-style housing and field vehicles
are provided. Questions? Contact: ERIK JANSEN (PH:
806-445-2863; EM: erik.jansen AT ttu.edu)
ARCTIC SHOREBIRD FIELD RESEARCH AIDES – The Institute of Arctic Biology is
seeking 2-3 Arctic Shorebird Field Research Aides for a study of
post-breeding shorebird foraging in the coastal lagoons of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. The work will be conducted from the first
week of July to the end of August. Primary duties include shorebird surveys
and collecting invertebrate samples from mudflats.
Additional duties may include capture and banding of shorebirds using
mist-nets. Field camps are located in remote areas along the coast; aides
will live with one or two other people and housing is a tent.
Physical demands include strenuous walking of at least 10 miles a day in
muddy conditions. The weather on the coast is foggy, wet, windy, and cold
most days. The scenery can be spectacular and the experience is a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in this part of Alaska.
Experience identifying shorebirds is preferred. In addition, experience with
boats and living in remote field camps are weighted heavily in the selection
process. Camps are remote with official calls only through satellite phone,
and so there is no regular phone access or internet.
All applicants should be able to maintain a positive attitude while working
long days in difficult field conditions, and be able to work independently
and in groups. Appropriate training (e.g. boat, bear, firearms, first aid,
bird capture and handling) will be provided.
Applicants must have a strong interest in biology and especially
ornithology. An undergraduate degree is suggested, but qualified
undergraduates with a strong interest will be considered if the season fits
in their schedule. The position closes on 2 Apr 2011. Pay is dependent on
experience, and will range between $12.76 and $14.77 per hour. Please apply
for this position on the UAKjobs website: (URL:
http://www.uakjobs.com/hr). The Posting Number is: 0061556. If you have
trouble applying to this job posting, please contact the UAF Human Resources
office (PH: 907-474-7700). If you have questions about the position please
contact ROY CHURCHWELL (EM: rchurch AT alaska.edu).