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Subject: Bird Jobs -- 24 Oct 2011
We have recently switched to a new job board format
<http://osnabirds.org/Jobs.aspx> which allows for REAL-TIME POSTING by
members of one of the OSNA societies (members must be logged in to the site
in order to see the job posting option). Members may also update their own
announcements and remove them from the list when no longer.
needed Non-members will still need to send their announcements to the
moderator, Cheryl Trine (EM: ctrine AT andrews.edu) for posting, but posting
time should be within 48 hours of receipt.
As before, anyone, member or non-member, can view the postings without any
login. The Birdjobs-L e-list will also continue to be published, at least
Please visit our new site. It is still a work in progress, so if you have
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AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS (5), at University of Illinois--Location:
Savannah River Site, SC. Duration: 4 months. Job Type: Seasonal.
Application Deadline: 2 Dec 2011. Job Description: Avian field technicians
(5) needed to assist with two projects examining snake-bird predator-prey
interactions (3) and avian physiology (2) at the Savannah River Site near
Aiken, South Carolina. Employment will be through the University of
Illinois, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.
Primary duties include nest searching/monitoring, nest videography (to
identify predators), mist netting, snake and bird radiotelemetry as well as
specialized heart-rate telemetry with birds, conducting habitat assessments,
and assisting with behavioral experiments in the laboratory. Field work will
be conducted in a variety of habitat types including shrublands, mature
forest, forest edge, and clear-cuts. Technicians will primarily be expected
to locate and monitor a large number of nests in the early part of the
season with an emphasis on common birds such as Carolina Wrens, Northern
Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, Brown Thrashers, White Eyed Vireos, and Mourning
Doves. Radiotelemetry on both snakes and Carolina Wrens will be conducted
throughout the season. Duties will shift to include other aspects of the
project as the season progresses. Most of the time in the field will be
spent independently so applicants must be self motivated and comfortable
working alone. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field. Expect to
spend a minimum of 8 hours in the field each day so a tolerance for hot,
humid field conditions with biting insects is a must. Expect early mornings
and occasional evening work.
Technicians should be comfortable tracking and occasionally handling
non-venomous rat snakes. Please bring a sense of humor and an ability to
adapt to ever-changing field conditions. Preference will be given to those
with prior nest searching experience. Training will be provided for use of
nest camera equipment, snake handling, and radiotelemetry.
For the physiology project, applicants must be comfortable with working
without direct supervision for extended periods of time. Employment begins 1
April and will continue until 1 Aug 2012. Salary is $11.00/hr, shared
housing is provided, although technicians will share utility costs. To
Apply: Please e-mail cover letter, resume and contact information for 3
references to BRETT DEGREGORIO (EM: baretta66 AT
hotmail.com) and HENRY POLLOCK (EM: henry.s.pollock AT gmail.com). In your
cover letter please indicate if you are interested in the predator – prey
project, physiology project, or both. Positions will be filled as qualified
AVAIN FIELD ASSISTANT – Location: La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.
Duration: 21 Nov - 19 Dec 2011. Application Deadline: 31 Oct 2011.
Number of Openings: 2. Job Description: Avian field assistant needed for a
study of the winter ecology of Wood Thrush in Costa Rica. The goals of the
project are to assess the consequences of winter habitat quality on stress
levels, foraging behavior and the migration ecology of Wood Thrush. Duties
will include territory searching, mist-netting, banding, and blood and
feather sampling. Work will be undertaken at La Selva Biological Station
near the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in Costa Rica. Study sites are
located in primary and secondary forest under hot, humid, and rainy
conditions. There are many biting insects and spiny plants but also an
amazing diversity of plants and animals to explore and opportunities to meet
other researchers working in a variety of fields. Assistants are expected to
work 6 days a week for 8-9 hours (early mornings and late afternoons).
Knowledge of Spanish is not required. Field assistant will be working with a
graduate student. Air fare to Costa Rica and accommodations will be
Field assistant must have previous experience mist-netting and a strong work
ethic. Experience working in tropical environments would be an asset. To
Apply: Interested applicants should send a resume with a short cover letter
to (EM: calandra.stanley AT gmail.com). Please provide 2 to
3 references. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.
No applications will be reviewed after 31 October 2011.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE in Sensory Ecology A postdoctoral research
position is available in the Barber lab to investigate the impacts of
anthropogenic noise on bird and bat distribution, movement and behavior.
This field project will involve the experimental application of noise at
large scales coupled with finer scaled behavioral investigations. We aim to
empirically isolate noise as a variable associated with anthropogenic
disturbance and quantify its effects on animals that rely upon sound to
communicate and forage. We seek a broadly trained ecologist, ideally with
experience in bioacoustics and/or quantitative wildlife ecology with a
demonstrated publication record. The postdoc will lead a team that includes
a graduate student, a part-time technician and several undergraduate
research assistants. There is ample opportunity for the postdoc to shape the
direction of the overall research effort. Empirical fieldwork will take
place in the mountains near Boise; other components will be conducted in one
or more National Parks in the West. In addition to these research and
mentoring efforts there will also be an option to guest lecture in Sensory
Ecology and/or co-teach a graduate seminar with the PI. Boise, Idaho offers
an outstanding quality of life, juxtaposing a vibrant urban community with
endless outdoor recreation opportunities.
Salary is 40K per year plus benefits. Funding is available for two years.
The postdoc and the PI will actively pursue additional funding for
subsequent years. Applicants should provide a cover letter detailing their
interest in the position, a CV, up to three publications and contact
information for three references. Please send all materials to
(EM: jessebarber AT boisestate.edu) The position is opened until filled.
Review of applications will begin 1 Nov 2011 with a start date as early as
15 Jan 2012.
M.S. or Ph.D. ASSISTANTSHIP available to study bird community in Barro
Colorado Nature Monument, Panama. A graduate assistantship through the
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, is
available to a highly qualified student. The student will work with Dr.
Douglas Robinson on community surveys aimed at understanding long-term
patterns of change on Barro Colorado Island and in neighboring forest
remnants. Support will be through teaching assistantships in our distance
education (on-line) program and through a new state-wide bird survey project
in Oregon. The student must have a demonstrated talent for identifying birds
by ear and experience conducting point and transect surveys with distance
estimation. Previous experience in the Neotropics is preferred. The
successful applicant must be willing to live and work in hot and humid
conditions, handle vine-tangled steep terrain with grace and humor, tolerate
ticks and chiggers, and maintain a high level of enthusiasm for field work
as well as record keeping, data analyses, and writing. Experience in
operation of small boats is helpful. Applications will be accepted until
position is filled, but receipt by 15 January is preferred. Additional
information on our department can be found at http://fw.oregonstate.edu.
To apply, send (in a single PDF) cover letter outlining your past
experiences related to those described above, resumé with detailed history
of work experiences with birds, GRE scores, copy of university transcripts,
and email and phone numbers of 3 references to (EM:
douglas.robinson AT oregonstate.edu). Oregon State University is an AA/EEO
FIELD TECHNICIANS (2-4 still needed on a 8-10 person crew) to survey
wintering grassland birds in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. This will be
the sixth field season of a bi-national effort led by Rocky Mountain Bird
Observatory (RMBO) to estimate the distribution, abundance and habitat use
of birds wintering in Chihuahuan Desert grasslands. The position will run
from January 2nd or 9th through February, possibly to March 7th. *DUTIES:
Field season duties will include surveying birds on line transects, simple
veg surveys, data entry and obtaining landowner permissions. The final week
may be spent off-site entering data. The successful applicant will work as
part of a two-person team for RMBO in Arizona, New Mexico and/or Texas.
*REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have previous experience with grassland
sparrow identification; familiarity with the Spizella and Ammodramus genera
are required. Applicants should also have previous bird survey experience
including distance sampling and identification of birds by sight/sound. The
abilities to work independently and as part of a team in remote areas for
extended periods of time are required, as is an interest in long days
driving and camping. Nighttime winter temperatures in the Chihuahuan Desert
regularly drop into the lower 20’s and sometimes into the teens. A patient
and optimistic attitude is required as scheduling depends on landowner
permissions. Impeccable organizational skills and an eye for detail are
required as is a patient and respectful disposition for making calls and
visits to landowners to obtain permission to access private property. A few
days over the course of the season may be spent out of the field printing
maps and datasheets, calling landowners, visiting county assessors’ offices,
and/or entering data, particularly during inclement weather. We will start
the field season with a week-long mandatory training session in Arizona.
*HOUSING: Field crews will likely be housed in a combination of trailers and
hotels but will mostly be camping. Bunkhouse style housing will be provided
during training. *COMPENSATION will be $1800/mo depending on qualifications
and experience. *TO APPLY: Please respond electronically to GREG LEVANDOSKI
(EM: greg.levandoski AT rmbo.org) with a cover letter stating your interest
and relevant qualifications, your resume, as well as phone numbers and email
addresses for three references. Please use "Field Technician Application
2012" as a subject line. Position will be filled as soon as suitable
applicants are found.
SEASONAL AVIAN FIELD BIOLOGIST – Job Description: The Institute for Wildlife
Studies (IWS) is seeking applicants for 4–6 seasonal avian field biologists
to assist with the release and monitoring of the San Clemente Loggerhead
Shrike (SCLS), a federally endangered, endemic subspecies on San Clemente
Island (SCI), California. SCI is the southernmost of the California Channel
Islands, located 68 miles off the coast of San Diego. Start dates will range
between early February and early March and employment will last for 5–6
months depending on start date. Contingent on performance and funding
availability, seasonal employees may be offered promotions to full-time
positions, which include health benefits and paid vacation. Seasonal Avian
Field Biologist duties include, but are not limited to: 1) nest searching
and monitoring; 2) behavioral observation and color-band re-sighting of wild
and captive shrikes; 3) releasing captive-origin shrikes, and providing
supplemental food to captive and released shrikes; 4) cage construction and
maintenance; 5) trapping and banding (depending on permitting
qualifications) nestling and adult shrikes; 6) data management in Microsoft
Access and Excel, and in ArcView GIS; and, 7) day-to-day upkeep of the field
station and IWS equipment. This position requires patience and sharp
observation skills using spotting scopes and binoculars. SCI is owned and
operated by the U.S. Navy as a training facility and personnel will be
required to follow established military protocols and rules. Qualifications:
We are seeking enthusiastic biologists with strong field work and research
backgrounds who are committed to conservation and applied ecology. Due to
military regulations, applicants must be citizens of the United States or be
covered under TN NAFTA work visas and possess (or be willing to acquire
before the position starts) a valid, U.S. driver’s license. Each successful
candidate will have earned a B.S. in wildlife biology, ecology or a related
field and have experience with avian biology.
Preferred qualifications include experience with: nest searching and
monitoring, behavioral observation, color band identification, passerine
banding, and the operation of 4-wheel drive vehicles on primitive roads.
Because of USFWS permitting requirements, only those individuals with
experience banding >200 passerines or small raptors will be allowed to
participate in banding, however, behavioral observations compose the
majority of field time. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition
and be comfortable hiking alone for 3–5 miles with a 30–40 pound pack in
steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain and in temperatures ranging from
40–100°F. Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small research
community in a crowded field station, interacting with biologists working on
other projects, and working with military personnel and members of other
organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities.
Additionally, applicants must be willing to participate in the day-to-day
upkeep of a busy field station, including cleaning work vehicles and shared
Employees work 10 days on island, and then take 4 off (off island). All
employment offers are contingent on the insurability of the applicant by IWS
and applicants will be asked to provide information to verify their driving
record. Additional information regarding IWS research on SCI is available on
the IWS website (URL: http://www.iws.org). Compensation:
Approximately $2000/month (based on an hourly rate). We also provide both
housing and food while on island and transportation to and from SCI via
twin-engine propeller planes flying out of the Naval Base Coronado in San
Diego. Off-island accommodations and food are not provided.
Application Procedure: To apply send a SINGLE file containing a cover
letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references.
The resume should explicitly state the number of adult and nestling
passerines (or small raptors) the applicant has banded. Send application
materials to JUSTYN STAHL at (EM: stahl AT iws.org). Please indicate ‘shrike
job’ in the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed in the order they
are received and we therefore encourage interested parties to apply
promptly. This announcement will be open until all positions have been
HUMMINGBIRD BEHAVIOR FIELD INTERN (2 positions available) - The Little
Hermit is a lek mating hummingbird of Venezuela and Trinidad known for the
peculiar patterns of vocal variation among different regions, between
different leks, and even within a lek. Little is known about how and why
this spatial pattern of vocal dialects occurs in this species.
The project’s main goal is to test hypotheses about the adaptive
significance of geographic variation in vocalizations of the Little Hermit
hummingbird. Field research assistants will participate in data collection
during an intensive 4 month field season of this long-term study. Assistant
duties will include (but are not limited to) nest-searching, behavioral
observations, color band reading, netting, radio-tracking, and playback
experiments. Days will be long and the work will be physically and mentally
demanding, but for those seeking to gain experience in field research you
won’t be disappointed. The work week will typically be 6 days long in the
buggy, snakey, and humid forests of Trinidad; this work will leave you
exhausted at the end of the day!
Assistants will be involved in all aspects of the project, including
discussions of the conceptual framework of the project. Location: Brasso
Seco village, Northern Range, Trinidad. Dates: Early Jan – early-mid May,
2012. College graduates and undergraduates who can take a leave of absence
for the spring semester are particularly encouraged to apply.
Students are encouraged to apply for academic credit for their work at their
home institution. SALARY: Free housing and food (Unfortunately, you will
have to pay your own airfare to Trinidad). DEADLINE: Until positions are
filled. QUALIFICATIONS: Those with previous field experience (especially
those who have mist netting experience) and a strong interest in bird
behavior are highly preferred. Other important qualifications include 1)
willingness to work very long hours in tropical conditions (that means
buggy, sweaty, and very wet), 2) commitment to paying attention to detail
(e.g. writing legibly) for the entire 4 months of work, 3) ability to get
along well with others in a very cramped environment (you will be in close
contact with myself and 1 other field assistant for the whole 4 months), 4)
ability and willingness to work alone in the field and to work in an area
where encounters with poisonous snakes is a very real possibility, 5)
willingness to cook (all meals will have to be prepared ourselves).
Applicants must have a strong interest in field research as a possible (or
definite) career goal (i.e. applying because you’d like to see a tropical
forest before going off to medical school is not something I’m looking for).
APPLICATION: Send a cover letter (1 page attachment) detailing your
interests and career goals and how you see this internship fitting in with
them, a resume or CV (keep it to relevant details), an unofficial transcript
(or simple list of courses and grades on a spreadsheet), and the names and
contact information (email and
phone) of 3 references (ideally with some experience with how you work in a
research/field context) to JULIAN KAPOOR (EM: vak9 AT cornell.edu).
IMPORTANT: apply only if you are relatively certain you can commit to the
entire 4 month field season and you do not require a stipend.