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PROFESSOR IN TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY/CONSERVATION BIOLOGY University of Toronto Scarborough -- The Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the areas of Ecology and Conservation Biology. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2017. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct innovative research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, externally funded research program. Candidates must have a PhD in Ecology, Conservation Biology or close equivalent by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Applicants must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research, as demonstrated by publications in top ranked and field relevant academic journals, presentations at significant conferences, awards for work in the field, and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing. Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate student training and supervision. Evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, letters of reference and the statement of teaching philosophy submitted as part of the application. The successful candidate will work in the areas of urban and rural terrestrial ecology, and the management of ecosystem services in human-modified landscapes. They will have an active field program, with potential to capitalize on the network of urban-rural greenspaces local to the campus, including the Rouge National Urban Park, Canada’s first National Urban Park (http://bit.ly/OMSt3K); the University of Toronto’s Koffler Scientific Reserve, an internationally recognized site for research and education in biodiversity, ecology and conservation biology (http://ksr.utoronto.ca/; and the Ontario Greenbelt (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page187.aspx). The University of Toronto is an international leader in biological research and education and the Department of Biological Sciences enjoys strong ties to other units within the University. The successful candidate will join an expanding and dynamic group of faculty working in the areas of Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation, and will contribute to both the undergraduate curriculum and graduate teaching in Conservation and Biodiversity as part of a professional Master’s program. They will be expected to participate in the Graduate Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto (http://www.eeb.utoronto.ca/)to maintain an active research program centered at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and to foster and facilitate inclusivity while working in one of Canada's most diverse institutions. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on this link https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1601572. Applications must include a CV, statements of research and teaching interests and three representative publications. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. We recommend combining attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Applicants should also arrange that letters of reference (on letterhead, signed and scanned) from at least three referees familiar with the candidate’s research and teaching be emailed directly by the referees to: (EM: biologygeneral AT utsc.utoronto.ca). Applications lacking reference letters will not be considered. If you have questions about this position, please email (EM: biologygeneral AT utsc.utoronto.ca). All materials must be received by December 8, 2016. Further information on the research and teaching activities of the department can be found at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~biosci/. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of color, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
RAPTOR COUNTER NEEDED to conduct, as a contracted service, the 2017 full season spring raptor migration count at Onondaga Audubon Society's Derby Hill Bird Observatory located in Mexico, N.Y. from March 1 - May 31, 2017. Applicants must be adept at identifying and enumerating eastern hawks, falcons, eagles and vultures at a distance using a standard protocol. The counter is responsible for daily counts, data entry and preparation of a daily log for publication on the Observatory website five days/week (no less than 40 hours/week) as coordinated with the Operations Manager. As appropriate, the counter is expected to engage site visitors about the Observatory's mission and natural history. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated computer skills, including data entry and use of MS Office, be in good physical condition and willing to work outdoors for extended periods. The counter is expected to provide his/her optical equipment and reliable transportation. On site housing is provided. Contracted services include the preparation of a report of the count and observations at the conclusion of the season. Compensation for contracted services will range from $4,500 - $5,000 depending upon experience. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2017 or until a qualified candidate is selected, whichever occurs first. Applicants must be US citizens or posses required documentation that they are eligible to be contracted within this country. Please email cover letter and resume outlining relevant experience (including contact information and three references) to DAVID FITCH (EM: dfitch52 AT gmail.com).
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of Biology and DIRECTOR, Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island at Bowdoin College. Website: https://careers.bowdoin.edu Location: Brunswick, Maine (US). Duration: beginning Fall 2017; Open. Job Type: Professor. Application Deadline: 1 Feb 2017. Job Description: Bowdoin College, located along the coast in Brunswick, Maine, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Biology and Director, Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island beginning Fall 2017. The successful candidate will play a leadership role in fostering a thriving intellectual environment at Bowdoin College’s Scientific Station on Kent Island (https://www.bowdoin.edu/kent-island/). The station, located on Kent Island, New Brunswick, Canada (44 35'N, 66 45'W), was established in 1935 as a research facility and sanctuary for nesting seabirds, and has been a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations since 1988. Population, community and behavioral ecologists are encouraged to apply and applicants should demonstrate that their research takes advantage of this unique island setting. We are particularly interested in candidates who are committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and who will enrich and contribute to the ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity of the Department and College faculty. The summer research season typically includes 6-10 fellowship students conducting research during the summer months under the guidance of the Director, an Assistant Director - the search for whom will be led by the successful candidate - and a vibrant community of international researchers. We especially welcome applications from those with quantitative strengths in, for example, statistical analyses, demographic modeling, or the use of genomic and bioinformatic approaches to ecological questions. The yearly teaching load on the main campus includes a core course in general ecology, participation in introductory biology or non-majors biology and an upper level course in Biology. Bowdoin faculty are committed to providing research opportunities for undergraduate students and the successful candidate will be expected to mentor student-led independent projects and to actively encourage student involvement in research. Excellent opportunities exist for disciplinary and interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations with Bowdoin faculty in Biology, Earth and Oceanographic Science, and Environmental Studies along with other departments and programs at the College, and for synergies with Bowdoin’s Marine Lab and Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island ME. The Coastal Studies Center, a 20-minute drive from main campus, is a 114 acre facility that includes over 100 acres of coastal forest, a marine laboratory with flowing seawater, access to 5 miles of coastline, and a small boat fleet to access Casco Bay and the greater Gulf of Maine. Qualifications: Ph.D. required; postdoctoral experience preferred. Bowdoin College offers strong support for faculty research and teaching. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College will attempt to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty. To Apply: Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans, statement describing teaching philosophy/experience, a statement of directorial vision for the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation upon request. Review of applications begins February 1, 2017. A highly selective liberal arts college on the Maine coast with a diverse student body made up of 31% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and is an equal opportunity employer. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, marital status, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability status in employment, or in our education programs.
RING-NECKED PHEASANT FIELD CREW LEADER at Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Nebraska Game and Parks. Website: http://snr.unl.edu/necoopunit/ Location: Southwest Nebraska. Duration: 2-year term. Job Type: Permanent. Application Deadline: 1 Jan 2017. Job Description: The Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Nebraska Game and Parks are recruiting a field crew leader to study survival, nesting ecology, and movement of Ring-Necked Pheasants in Southwest Nebraska. Employment is a full-time, 2-year term position, eligible for benefits. The crew leader will be responsible for supervising up to five research technicians and coordinating field research activities on a daily basis. Among other duties, primary field responsibilities expected of the crew leader will include: capturing, banding, and fitting radio-transmitters to ring-necked pheasants, tracking pheasants using telemetry equipment, tracking and locating pheasant hens and broods, and performing nest visits, brood flushing, and vegetation sampling. In addition to supervising field activities, the crew leader will be responsible for scheduling technicians, data management, reporting research progress to supervisor, and maintaining equipment, inventory, and research vehicles. Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology or a related field and relevant field experience is required. Previous leadership experience is highly desired, though not required. Successful applicants should have experience capturing, handling, banding, and radio-marking birds, as well as tracking animals using telemetry equipment. Basic GIS skills will be beneficial, though not necessary (ArcMAP or QGIS). Those that apply should have an enthusiasm for field work and upland game bird ecology, and be physically fit – capable of walking long distances through dense vegetation and working long days in inclement weather. The crew leader will be expected to coordinate field efforts to meet research project goals, objectives, and deadlines, while supervising a team of field technicians. Therefore, those that apply must possess strong leadership qualities, be detail-oriented and self-motivated, and have a strong work ethic. All applicants are subject to University of Nebraska-Lincoln hiring requirements, including a criminal background check and satisfactory driving record. If selected for employment, applicants will be required to complete CPR, First Aid, and AED certification prior to beginning field work. Employment is a full-time, 2 year term position, eligible for benefits. Shared field housing is provided in Culbertson, NE. Compensation: $15.50/hr + shared housing provided To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to JENNY FOGGIA (EM: jfoggia AT unl.edu). Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Individuals not selected for an interview/hiring will be notified after the closing date. For information about Upland Bird Research at UNL, visit: http://snr.unl.edu/prairiebirds/ For information about the Fontaine Lab at UNL, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/tjfontaineunl/
RESEARCH COLLECTIONS & CITIZEN SCIENCE COORDINATOR at Mohonk Preserve. Website: http://www.mohonkpreserve.org Location: New Paltz, NY. Duration: Open. Application Deadline: 25 Nov 2016. Job Description: As part of our commitment to expanding our Conservation Science programming, we are recruiting for a 2-year full-time, partially grant-funded position, renewable contingent upon funding. Under the direct supervision of the Director of Conservation Science, the Research Collections and Citizen Science Coordinator carries out the ecological monitoring and Citizen Science Program of the Mohonk Preserve, and curates the research, specimen, and data collection at the Daniel Smiley Research Center. This position will support Conservation Science Department initiatives, outreach opportunities, and Preserve events in support of the Preserve’s mission. Considerable time will be dedicated to developing a new Citizen Science Program in conjunction with a Watershed Monitoring and Inventory Program, as well as to overseeing efforts to digitize our vast natural history records database. This job announcement is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position. There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned. No phone calls please. For more information about the Preserve, visit our website: www.mohonkpreserve.org<http://www.mohonkpreserve.org> Mohonk Preserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, or related field required; MS preferred. Expertise in any area of Ecology/Biology will be considered, though preference may be given to candidates with expertise in botany or pollination biology; • Ability to work well with volunteers, interns, external researchers, the general public, partner organizations, Board members, donors and Preserve staff. Experience with cross-disciplinary partnerships, collaborative research efforts, or networked organizations preferred ; • Fluency with standard computer software. Proficiency with one or more programming languages (e.g. Python, Perl, R, shell scripting) and experience working with specimen/records-based databases (e.g. Specify, Emu, Sybmiota) a plus; • Demonstrated knowledge of biostatistics and standard ecological research methodology; • Exemplary communication and presentation skills; • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to balance multiple projects per season; • Familiarity with natural history/specimen collections • Knowledge of leading trends in environmental and ecological research; strongly preferred: experience in field studies and/or familiarity with field station or similar natural area research program; • Willingness to work occasional (sometimes frequent) weekends and holidays; some irregular hours, including evenings, required. Mohonk Preserve has a flex policy to balance hours worked during the pay period. • Ability to navigate and traverse back-country, off-trail land conditions over mountainous terrain, sometimes while carrying equipment for several hours at a time; willingness and ability to work in difficult weather conditions including heat, rain, and snow. • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record to ensure ability to drive Mohonk Preserve vehicles. Compensation: Salary: Mid to upper $30’s based on experience. Generous benefits including health, life, long-term disability insurance, retirement plan. To Apply: Applications accepted via e-mail only. Please submit as a single PDF: cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for 3 references by November 25, 2016 to (EM: employment AT mohonkpreserve.org).
VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS: behavioral ecology of lance-tailed manakins in Panama. at Florida State University. Website: http://www.bio.fsu.edu/duval/ Location: Isla Boca Brava, Republic of Panama. Duration: 4 months. Job Type: Volunteer. Number of Openings: 2. Application Deadline: 20 Nov 2016. Job Description: Positions are available 15 Feb to 10 Jun 2017 for an ongoing behavioral study of female mate choice and male display behavior in lance-tailed manakins (Chiroxiphia lanceolata) in Panama. Females of this small, lekking bird “shop” among males that display in cooperative pairs on dispersed display territories. Successful applicants will be involved in work investigating questions such as how indirect genetic benefits affect female mate choice and maternal investment, why dominant males tolerate subordinate cooperators, and how male experience affects display performance and cooperative behavior. Responsibilities include resighting color-banded birds, daily maintenance of a video detection system, conducting many hour-long behavioral observations at display sites, nest-searching through dense secondary-growth dry tropical forest, and mistnetting birds for banding and blood sampling, as well as data entry and organizational tasks. Experience in one or more of these areas is strongly preferred. Applicants should have a very strong interest in animal behavior, birds, and field biology. The full field crew includes 4-5 adults and one four-year-old (!) who will live and work on a remote island off of Panama's Pacific coast and share housing with close quarters. The site may have limited internet access and cell phone reception: experience working in isolated field settings and/or shared living situations with little privacy is highly desirable. Qualifications: Applicants should be enthusiastic, physically fit, and emotionally grounded. Expect to work long days (6am-6pm six days a week), be woken at 4 am by howler monkeys on a regular basis, and see some amazing bird behavior. A sense of humor, ability to work independently, and willingness to accommodate unpredictable changes is especially important as this year’s research team includes a 4-year-old child. Conversational Spanish ability is strongly preferred for this position. Assistants are also required to complete online animal care and use training shortly after being hired. Compensation: Food, housing, and required transportation within Panama will be provided, as well as a $500 honorarium upon completion of the field season to help defray costs of health insurance and personal purchases. Assistants will be reimbursed for round-trip airfare to Panama City, Panama (up to $750) and snake gaiters (~$75) upon completion of the field season. Food, housing, and required transportation within Panama will be provided. For more information on the research, see (URL: http://www.bio.fsu.edu/faculty-duval.php). Panamanian citizens are encouraged to apply, and assistants not requiring airfare to reach the Republic of Panama would receive a modestly increased personal honorarium. To apply, send: 1) coverletter explaining your motivation and suitability to work on this project, 2) resume, and 3) email and phone numbers of three references familiar with your field skills, personality, and motivation to: DR. EMILY DUVAL and ELLIOT SCHUNKE, Florida State University Department of Biological Science, (EM: elliot.schunke AT gmail.com). Please use the subject line “Lance-tailed Manakin field assistant application.” Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Note that the DuVal Lab is also searching for competitive graduate student applicants for Fall 2017 (1 Dec 2016 application deadline).
SNAIL KITE RESEARCH TECHNICIAN at University of Florida. Website: http://wec.ufl.edu/coop/ Location: Kenansville, FL. Duration: 6 months. Job Type: Temporary. Number of Openings: 2. Application Deadline: 2 Dec 2016. Job Description: The Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is based out of the University of Florida in Gainesville and oversees several ongoing wetland-related research projects. We are seeking two highly motivated field technicians to assist with the long-term study of the endangered Snail Kite. We are monitoring the Snail Kite population via mark-recapture methods as well as making behavioral observations and collecting data related to foraging ecology. Field work for this project is conducted throughout the wetland ecosystems of central and south Florida from the Kissimmee chain of lakes in the north (near Orlando) to the Everglades in the south (near Miami). The field work involves the extensive use of airboats. Applicants must be willing to work LONG, flexible hours in a HOT, humid environment amidst alligators, snakes, and biting insects. Some days involve working from sunrise to sunset. All of the necessary training will be supplied, including airboat operation and maintenance. Duties include trapping, handling and banding of Snail Kites, behavioral observations, mark-recapture surveys, nest searching, data entry, snail trapping, vegetation sampling and maintenance of field equipment and boats. Assistance on peripheral projects related to the project may also be required from time to time. Housing will be provided at the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area south of St. Cloud, FL. Applicants should be comfortable living in a field house in a remote area with only a few other coworkers. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife, or a related field is required. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license. Experience with engine repair/maintenance and boats including trailering is a major plus, but not necessary. Ability to comfortably handle wild raptors is also a plus. These positions start in late January and run through the end of July/beginning of August. These field technician positions can potentially be extended for several years, and may lead to an opportunity to enter a masters research program. Compensation: $11.00/Hr To Apply: Interested persons should send a resume with a cover letter and three references to JESSICA PADILLA via e-mail at (EM: snailkites AT gmail.com) by December 2, 2016. For questions see our website (URL: http://www.wec.ufl.edu/coop) or contact Jessica Padilla via email (preferred) or by phone (PH: 352-494-7485).
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INTERN at Audubon Sharon. Website: http://www.sharon.audubon.org Location: Sharon, CT Duration: 6 months (mid/late February through mid/late August). Job Type: Intern. Application Deadline: 2 Jan 2017. Job Description: The Sharon Audubon Center is an environmental education center owned and operated by National Audubon Society in a diverse and beautiful setting in northwestern Connecticut. Duties: Primary responsibilities of the Environmental Education Intern include assisting with the teaching of environmental education programs to school groups. During the month of March, this person will also be heavily involved with the Center's Maple Sugaring Operation. During the summer, primary responsibility is to oversee the Sharon Audubon Center Summer Nature Programs for children ages 4-12. Children visit the Center for 6-8 hours each day during weeklong sessions. Activities range from discovery hikes, pond explorations, live animal programs, nature crafts and games. The summer naturalists design the curriculum for these programs and conduct the programs with the help of volunteer assistants. Environmental Education Interns are expected to help with other aspects of a nature center, such as helping with special events, wildlife rehabilitation, public education programs, answering requests for information from the public, answering the telephone, running the Nature Store, feeding resident education animals as needed and helping with many other facets of a Nature Center's day to day operation. Supervision: The Environmental Education Interns work under the guidance of the Education Program Manager, however, the entire staff is available to interns for special interest sessions, guidance and assistance. Housing, Salary and School Credit: Interns have a furnished apartment with shared bedrooms (during the summer), kitchen, bath and living room. Salary is $10.10/hour ($353.50 per week.) Students should arrange for school credit with their advisor beforehand, if applicable. Position: This internship position is a six month seasonal position and runs mid/late-February through mid/late-August. Closing date when filled. Work week is typically Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm in the spring and 8am-4pm Monday through Friday in the summer, although hours may vary slightly. Some evening and/or weekend hours as needed. Qualifications: Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental or life sciences. Some teaching experience and/or curriculum development is necessary. Summer Naturalists must be confident in leading a group and initiating activities, working independently and team teaching. The most important assets are a strong work ethic, natural history background, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and with children. Physical Requirements: Ability to walk all major trails of the Sharon Audubon Center and on uneven terrain, and must be able to sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time. Compensation: Interns have a furnished apartment with shared bedrooms (during the summer), kitchen, bath and living room. Salary is $10.10/hour ($353.50 per week.) Students should arrange for school credit with their advisor beforehand, if applicable. To Apply: All applications must be done online at the following link (URL: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3001/environmental-education-intern/job). No mailed, emailed or faxed applications/resumes will be accepted. Please be sure to include a cover letter. Application deadline: January 2, 2017.
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW – Survival strategies and seed dispersal by the threatened Micronesian Starling at Colorado State University. Website: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/38621 Location: Guam, Mariana Islands. Duration: up to 2 years depending on start date. Job Type: Post-doc. Application Deadline: 4 Dec 2016. Job Description: This research position is part of a larger collaborative DoD SERDP project aimed at restoring ecosystem function (specifically seed dispersal) to Guam’s forests. Native seed dispersers have been extirpated or greatly reduced on Guam, largely due to predation by the invasive Brown Treesnake. Micronesian Starlings are the only remaining native avian frugivore on Guam; the population is largely restricted to Andersen Air Force Base and presumably remains because of its ability to utilize urban and suburban environments and its capacity to persist in areas under snake control. By understanding how this species has survived on Guam, we might be able to develop ways to expand its population, and thus the ecological functions it provides. The responsibilities of this postdoctoral position, based largely on Guam, are to investigate the diet of Micronesian Starlings and their movement patterns to understand which tree species benefit and predict the area over which an individual bird could provide seed dispersal services. By comparing diet and movement of Micronesian Starlings between Saipan, where data has already been collected, and Guam, we can gain valuable information on the functions they are performing on Guam and how their diet and capacity to disperse seeds may have changed due to the lack of competitors and/or high snake predation pressure. Telemetry will be used to determine movements, roosting locations, and to study post-fledging survival. The successful candidate will lead data collection by the field crew and have primary responsibility for analysis, presentation, and publication of the research. The incumbent will work collaboratively with others involved with the project. Applicants must be able to work in rugged terrain and in hot, humid conditions. Airfare and some relocation expenses provided. Qualifications: Required: 1) Ph.D. by the appointment start date in a discipline related to the research described above, 2) Practical experience in the design, conduct, and statistical analysis of ecological field studies, 3) Demonstrated ability to prepare and submit professional manuscripts in refereed journals, 4) Excellent written and oral communication skills, 5) Eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. FWCB will not provide visa sponsorship for this position. Desirable: Experience in 1) Analysis of avian habitat use and movement patterns, 2) Mist-netting and banding birds, 3) Post-fledging survival, 4) Avian seed dispersal, 5) Radio-telemetry, 6) GIS, and 7) Collaborative projects. Additionally, past experience supervising a field crew, and working in challenging conditions is desirable. Compensation: Competitive. To apply, upload a cover letter that includes how you satisfy the required and desirable qualifications and your research interests; curriculum vitae; representative publications; and contact information for at least 3 professional references to the following address (URL: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/38621). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 4, 2016. Anticipated February or March 2017 start (later spring start dates will be considered). The position duration is up to 2 years depending on start date. For more information contact: Dr. JULIE SAVIDGE (EM: julie.savidge AT colostate.edu, PH: 970 491-6510). CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.
WILDLIFE EDUCATION ASSISTANT at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Website: http://www.birdconservancy.org/ Location: Scottsbluff, NE. Duration: 5.5 months. Job Type: Temporary. Application Deadline: 10 Dec 2016. Job Description: APPROXIMATE EMPLOYMENT TERM: January 16- June 30, 2017 (5.5 months) LOCATION: Office located in Minatare, NE- but programs are located throughout the Nebraska panhandle SCHEDULE: Monday- Friday, some weekends and evenings may be required Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory) is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats (www.birdconservancy.org<http://www.birdconservancy.org>). We achieve our mission through Science, Education, and Stewardship programs throughout the western United States and Mexico. Bird Conservancy, in partnership with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, has formed a unique partnership. This partnership has outlined conservation and educational activities and actions that will inform and educate students, teachers, landowners, and resource professionals about the shortgrass prairie and ponderosa pine ecosystems of western Nebraska. We work with a diversity of partners including state, federal, other non-profits, and private landowners. We are looking for a motivated, dynamic education assistant who will bring wildlife conservation topics to a variety of audiences. Duties of the Wildlife Education Assistant include, but are not limited to: ?Assisting with implementation of educational programs including classroom presentations for all ages, field trips,outreach events, after school programs, citizen science events, and partner events. ?Assisting with development/expansion of educational programs and materials. ?Be responsible for organizing registration, program and inventory data. ?Assisting with general educational project day to day operations. ?Assisting with development of reports for various projects and grants. ?Dissemination of Bird Conservancy/NGPC’s conservation messages. ?Coordinating with partners on education projects as needed. ?Organizing education schedule as needed. Qualifications: The successful candidate will have: ?Undergraduate degree in environmental education or environmental studies, with an emphasis in education, environmental science, ornithology, wildlife/ecosystem conservation, or related fields. Preference will be given to an applicant with previous environmental education experience. A background in shortgrass prairie wildlife ecology and birds preferred ?Public speaking skills and the ability to work with people of all ages ?Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate through multiple media (print,TV, radio, Internet, public events, etc.) ?Experience and demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Adobe, and Microsoft Publisher ?Responsible, creative, relational, enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated and resourceful team player ?The ability to multi-task, prioritize and display excellent time management skills ?The ability to carry out duties and directives independently under limited supervision ?A valid U.S. driver’s license and personal transportation. Must be willing to travel to program sites in western Nebraska. NGPC vehicle provided but some use of personal vehicle may be required ?Ability to lift 40 lbs, stand and walk for extended periods of time ?Ability to communicate (speak, read, write) in Spanish a plus (but not required) Compensation: SALARY: $13 per hour, full time, 40 hours per week (housing not provided) To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references in a single pdf document to: AMBER SCHILTZ, Nebraska Wildlife Education Coordinator, (EM: amber.schiltz AT birdconservancy.org). CLOSING DATE: December 10, 2016- although position may be filled earlier if a suitable applicant is found.
CAMPS AND FAMILY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Website: http://www.birdconservancy.org Location: Brighton, CO. Duration: Open. Job Type: Permanent. Application Deadline: 1 Dec 2016. Job Description: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is looking for a motivated, dynamic educator and camping industry professional who will offer transformative experiences in the natural world to a variety of audiences, specifically through day and overnight summer camps, family, and homeschool programs. POSITION DETAILS: Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Location: Brighton, CO; The position is based out of Bird Conservancy’s Headquarters and Environmental Learning Center, with some travel to partner organizations around the Denver metro area and Front Range required. Reports to: Education Director Supervises: Seasonal Staff, Interns, and Volunteers Classification: This is a full-time regular, non-exempt position. Schedule: The position will be required to work several weekend days a month, plus extended program weeks and hours during overnight camps and some day camps. Thus, applicants will need to be flexible and accommodate a variable weekly schedule. OVERVIEW OF ORGANIZATION, PROGRAMS, AND PHILOSOPHY: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through science, education and land stewardship (www.birdconservancy.org<http://www.birdconservancy.org>). Our work radiates from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through partnerships. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and educate diverse audiences. The Bird Conservancy was founded in 1988, and educational programs built around its banding stations and Bald Eagle Watch were part of operations from the start. Since then, Bird Conservancy’s educational agenda has grown to also include K-12 School Field Trips and In-Class Programs, Home School Programs, Adult Education Programs, Family and Community Programs, a Volunteer Naturalist Program, a variety of Citizen Science projects, and Day and Overnight Summer Camps. Bird Conservancy engages approximately 36,000 people each year across a broad geographic spectrum, with around 650 of this number participating in our Summer Nature Camps, 425 in Homeschool Programs, and 850 in Family Programs. The majority of these programs are based out of the organization’s headquarters and Environmental Learning Center at the north end of Barr Lake State Park in Brighton, CO. Using birds as the hook, Bird Conservancy’s Summer Nature Camps offer day and overnight camp sessions for youth between the ages of 2 and 17, with an emphasis on providing opportunities to safely explore and learn about the natural world, science, and conservation. Camp sessions are designed as part of a progression to introduce children to the outdoors at a young age and build their skills over time, taking our youngest participants from basic, sensorial interactions with nature to a more sophisticated appreciation and understanding of their place in the natural world. Camps range from two-hour experiences with 2 to 5 year-olds and their parents to ten-day overnight camps for 15 to 17 year-olds, the latter of which has participants learning about, conducting, and presenting scientific research projects and exploring careers in natural resources. Monthly Homeschool Programs have become extremely popular over the last few years, with sessions filling within days of opening registration. Topics of these programs are wide-ranging and include orienteering, winter ecology and survival, nocturnal adaptations, and bird banding and migration. Family Programs also occur monthly and cover many of the same topics, along with larger annual events like the Christmas Bird Count for Kids, Birding by Canoe, and Birding4Buck$. Ultimately, the goal of all of our programs is to provide transformative experiences with participants in the outdoors, for them to become more interested in the world around them and, subsequently, better informed and engaged citizens. DUTIES/DESCRIPTION: This position will be responsible for fostering the growth of Bird Conservancy’s Summer Nature Camps, Homeschool, and Family Programs by: • Planning, marketing, administering, leading, and evaluating day and overnight camps for 2-17 year olds and parents during the summer and over school breaks. • Leading the development and implementation of the Leaders-in-Training program, a summer camp volunteer/leadership program for 12-17 year-olds. • Maintaining relationships with local and remote summer camp and homeschool families/clients through regular communication, events, and programs throughout the year (reunions, family programs, etc). • Planning, advertising, leading, and evaluating monthly family programs, partnership events with Barr Lake State Park, and Early Childhood Education programs. • Developing, scheduling, advertising, coordinating, leading, and evaluating monthly Homeschool Programs. Other responsibilities include: • Leading the Bird Conservancy’s annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids and coordinating with local organizations to promote other events around the metro area/state. • Leading the Bird Conservancy’s annual fundraiser for camp scholarships, Birding4Buck$. • Assisting with other education programs as-needed, including: a. School field trips at the Environmental Learning Center in the spring and at the Barr Lake Banding Station in the fall. b. In-class School Programs throughout the school year. c. Off-site outreach events. d. Bird Tales (a therapeutic environmental education program for individuals experiencing dementia). e. Other off/on-site interpretive programs for adults and Community organizations (at libraries, senior centers, rec centers, etc). • Tracking all participant numbers, scholarships, and budget information for grant reporting purposes. • Assisting with training, scheduling, and supervising of volunteer naturalists. • Supervising education assistants, interns, and other staff as needed. • Building partnerships and work with local communities and organizations to increase awareness of Bird Conservancy and our programs by representing the organization at community events and meetings. • Provide public relations/customer service and disseminate the Bird Conservancy’s conservation messages to parents, guardians, and participants to ensure a positive impression of education programs. • Seeking out and applying for additional funding for this position, the education team, and scholarships for programs. • Implementing and utilizing evaluation efforts for all programs of primary responsibility. • Performing other duties as assigned, including facility, grounds, and site-based projects around the Environmental Learning Center. Qualifications: QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS: • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources or life sciences area, environmental interpretation, or education, with two years of working experience in a related field required; Master’s degree preferred. A combination of degrees or experience in the areas of wildlife biology, environmental science, or education is a plus. • Experience developing, marketing, administering, leading, and evaluating environmental education/interpretation programs, especially day and overnight summer camps. • Solid understanding of camping industry standards and risk management. • Strong facilitation and teambuilding skills. • Experience and confidence delivering scientific messages to diverse audiences. • Professional communication skills, both oral and written. • Outstanding interpersonal, networking, and customer service skills with proven ability to cultivate relationships with parents, children, families, and colleagues. • Excellent organizational, logistical and time-management skills with proven ability to handle multiple tasks and roles efficiently with little direct guidance. • Must possess a strong work ethic, be able to rapidly adapt to changing environments, prioritize, and meet deadlines. • Demonstrated leadership, fundraising, and event-planning experience and willingness to work as a team member for a growing non-profit organization. • Experience coordinating and supervising volunteers, interns, and seasonal staff. • Experience in budget and grant management. • Strength in building and maintaining partnerships with diverse organizations. • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and Publisher), and experience with various email, software, and social networking platforms. • Responsible, creative, relational, enthusiastic, flexible, and resourceful team player; self-motivated, results and detail-oriented, and dedicated to providing clients with quality and enriching experiences. • Must be in good physical condition, able to lift/carry 40 pounds, and able to hike long distances at elevations above 8,000’. • Specific knowledge and experience regarding bird identification, bird banding, ornithology, and natural history of the Front Range desired. • Must possess a valid Driver’s License. • Must successfully complete both pre-employment background and Motor Vehicle Record checks and pre-employment drug screen. • Current CPR and First Aid Certifications (American Red Cross Emergency Response Certificate and/or Wilderness First Responder Preferred). • Ability to speak, read, and/or write Spanish a plus. Compensation: Salary: $32,000 - $34,000/year, commensurate with qualifications. Bird Conservancy offers generous paid time off (holidays, annual leave, and sick leave), a Simple IRA match, and health, dental, and vision insurance. Bird Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume with at least three references (names, phone numbers, and email addresses), and answers to the supplemental questions below in a single document to: TYLER EDMONDSON (EM: tyler.edmondson AT birdconservancy.org). SUPPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS (each should be answered in 2 paragraphs or less): 1. Please describe a profound experience in the natural world you have facilitated for another person. 2. In your opinion, what role do summer camp programs play in the lives of today’s youth and families? 3. In your opinion, when camp staff talk about the “magic” of camp, what are they referring to? 4. How would you lead the Bird Conservancy’s camp programs to establish differentiation from other local camps? 5. Why are you best suited to continue fostering community among our camp and homeschool families? 6. What would make this job the best ever for you? 7. Describe a significant leadership experience you have had. What were the successes and challenges of this experience? What did you learn? CLOSING DATE: December 1, 2016, or until filled if a suitable applicant is found. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. Once we receive your application, we will review it thoroughly. If we decide not to move forward with your application, you will receive an email. If we are interested in moving forward, we will schedule an initial interview with you to take place in-person, or via Skype or Google Hangout if you are from outside the area. If you are selected to move forward after the initial interview, we will follow up to schedule a second round interview. We will then do a thorough reference check with no less than 3 references. Once we gather all of this information, we will make a final decision and let you know if you have been selected for the position.
RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER TECHNICIAN at FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Website: http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/three-lakes/ Location: Kenansville, FL. Duration: 4 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 30 Nov 2016. Job Description: RCW Technician (1) needed March 1st – June 30th, 2016, for seasonal position working on red-cockaded woodpecker population monitoring in central Florida (Kenansville). The job will include identifying birds by reading color bands, nest searching, nest monitoring, climbing trees using Swedish sectional ladders to clean cavities, and data entry. Qualifications: Applicants must be willing to work a flexible schedule to include early mornings and evenings, hiking in hot and humid conditions and must be able to navigate rough roads with ATVs and 4-wheel drive trucks. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience reading color bands, using GPS, and navigating in the woods. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Compensation: $10.00/hr. Housing included To Apply: Please send (via e-mail or regular mail) AS ONE DOCUMENT a cover letter explaining your interest in the job and relevant experience, a resume, and the names, phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses of three references to: JON HOCH, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 1231 Prairie Lakes Rd., Kenansville, FL 34739. (EM: Jon.Hoch AT myfwc.com)
FIELD BIOLOGIST at University of Illinois. Location: Fort Hood, Texas. Duration: ~24 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 4. Application Deadline: 10 Dec 2016. Job Description: The University of Illinois is seeking to fill four full-time seasonal biologist positions for the Adaptive and Integrative Management (AIM) program 2017 field season. The biologists will work as a team under the supervision of the AIM program specialist and crew leader. The AIM program is responsible for migratory bird research and conservation on Fort Hood. Biologists must be able to work both independently and as a team, preforming multi-disciplinary teamwork with biologists, contractors and Army personnel. Incumbent must be physically fit and able to stand or walk for long periods of time in extreme weather conditions. The typical work day will begin between the hours of 5:30 – 6:30 am, and end between the hours of 2-3 pm. There will be weekend and holiday work. Preference will be given to candidates with experience handling/banding songbirds, nest searching, and identifying birds by sight and sound. Excellent communication skills and ability to work as a team are invaluable. The successful applicant will be available to start work March 2017. The position end date is August 11, 2017. Major Duties: • Conduct avian point-count surveys using standardized methods. • Identify birds based on sight and/or sound with binoculars • Use GPS units, and other tools to determine exact locations of project areas and identify habitat types. • Survey large scale projects for nesting birds, educate contractors and army personnel on Migratory Bird Treaty Act laws and best management practices, interact with contractors and site workers, and manage and provide QA/QC. • Conduct nest checks across the cantonment area in housing quarters, motor pools and buildings. • As time permits, assist with graduate research. • Safely and efficiently band birds that are captured passively or target netted. Birds must be correctly identified, aged, and sexed. Other data collection/measurements maybe required. • Meticulously maintain and organize all data sheets and keep a detailed field book of all daily activities, and details about the data collected. • Accurately enter all data into an excel spreadsheet daily. • Maintain all field equipment: vehicles, GPS units, binoculars, range finders, PPE, banding tools, nets, etc. • Assist the pollinator crew as needed. • Assist with various outreach/environmental education events. • Work in potentially difficult field settings including inclement weather, rough terrain, etc. Qualifications: • A bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology or a related field. • Significant experience with avian surveys. • Excellent observational skills including good vision and hearing. • Ability to work independently and interact effectively with project managers, clients, landowners, other technicians and agency personnel if applicable. • Applicants must be well organized, provide strict attention to detail, and be willing and able to work in potentially difficult field settings including inclement weather, rough terrain, etc. • Valid driver’s license is required. • Ability and willingness to drive in rough terrain. • Background check will be conducted on final candidates. Compensation: Hourly rate of 13.50 To apply, please submit your letter of interest and resume to (EM: aimseason2017 AT gmail.com) with “Field Biologist Position” in the subject line. Applications are due by December 10, 2016 or until filled.
AVIAN TECHNICIAN at FL DEP - Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. Website: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Kissimmee-Prairie Location: Okeechobee, fL. Duration: 3/20/2017 - 7/30/2017 Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 3. Application Deadline: 31 Jan 2017. Job Description: Field technicians (up to 3 positions; pending available funding) with avian point count and/or nest searching experience are needed for the 2017 breeding season of the critically endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (savannarum ammodramus floridanus) at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve in south-central Florida. A successful applicant must be willing to conduct early morning surveys 5 days a week. Other duties include nest searching, data entry, habitat assessment, GIS analysis and predator surveys/control. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve is a 54,000 acre parcel and home to over 30 listed species. The preserve is fairly remote with the closest store being 45 minutes away. Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: 1) Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biological sciences, or related discipline with an interest in wildlife biology, restoration, or behavior; 2) current driver’s license with good driving record; 3) Experience with 4X4 vehicles (ATVs, UTVs, trucks, etc.); 4) Ability to learn to identify small grassland birds via only song/call/warble; 4) Experience with GIS, nest searching, remote locations and avian point count surveys Compensation: $12/hour depending on availability of funding. Simple housing is provided. To Apply: Please contact SHAYNA JACQUES (EM: Shayna.Jacques AT dep.state.fl.us, PH: 863-462-5360) Basic email interviews will be followed up with in person interviews. If applicant is not within range, phone interviews will be conducted.
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANTS NEEDED for a study of Black-throated tits and Silver-throated tits in China at Beijing Forestry University. Website: http://www.luckytit.cn Location: Henan Province, China. Duration: 2-3 months. Job Type: Volunteer. Number of Openings: 2-. Job Description: Volunteer assistants are needed for a field study of the breeding biology and behavioral ecology of Black-throated tits and Silver-throated tits in the Dongzhai National Nature Reserve of central China. The project will start in January and will last until the end of May, 2016. Volunteers are expected to assist in monitoring the color-banded populations, starting from the beginning of February and stay through the end of April or mid-May. Main duties include mist-netting birds, searching nest, blood sampling, behavioral observation, watching nest-monitoring videos, data entry, as well as any other possible works involved in the field. Assistants will work with researchers from Beijing Forestry University. All expenses in China during work period (i.e. housing, foods, and local travels, etc) will be covered, but there is no salary, and the assistants are responsible for their travel to and from China. Volunteers will have opportunities to learn field skills of ornithological research, see many bird species of central China, and experience Chinese tradition and culture. Qualifications: A serious attitude towards work is always important. Previous experience with birds is preferred, but not essential. Basic training such as bird banding, behavioral observation, blood sampling, will be provided. Volunteers are expected to get used to Chinese diet, have strong interests in birds and animal behaviors, physically fit, and be willing to work for long and irregular time in the field, and share rooms with other crew members. To Apply: Please contact Haohui GUAN at “516960405 AT qq.com”. When applying, please include a cover letter, a resume, and two recommendation letters (it would be greatly appreciated if the recommendation letters are directly sent by references to the above email address).
MANAKIN HYBRIDIZATION ECOLOGY FIELD ASSISTANT at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Location: Bocas del Toro, Panama. Duration: 4 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 1 Dec 2016. Job Description: Field assistants wanted to assist graduate student with field activities and data collection on manakin hybridization in Bocas del Toro, Panama starting in ~ March 1st and ending ~ June 30th 2017. We are investigating the effects of natural selection and sexual selection on a unique hybrid zone between the white-collared manakin and the golden-collared manakin. This is a great opportunity to work in the tropics in an area rich with avifauna. Activities will include: -Mistnetting and banding -Bleeding birds for genetic analysis -Nest searching and monitoring -Monitoring of courtship behaviors on leks -Possibly radio telemetry Qualifications: Ability to work long hours in hot and humid conditions. Mandatory skills and experience in mistnetting and banding. Preferred skills/experience in bleeding and nest searching. Spanish language skills are helpful and preferred. Ability to drive a vehicle with manual transmission preferred. Compensation: A monthly stipend, housing, and transportation will be provided. To apply, send a single pdf document containing 1) cover letter 2) resume 3) contact information for 3 references to KIRA LONG (EM: kira2 AT illinois.edu).
AVIAN REHABILITATION INTERNSHIP at Raptor Education Group, Inc. Website: http://www.raptoreducationgroup.org/ Location: Antigo, WI. Duration: 3 months. Job Type: Intern. Number of Openings: 3-4. Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2017. Job Description: REGI is looking for 3-4 hardworking, energetic, flexible, and fun interns for the summer of 2017. The intern’s main responsibilities will include assistance in avian rehabilitation, feeding, facility upkeep, cleaning, observing avian behavior, and handling. Training will be provided for all these areas. Interns are expected to work long hours. We are working with live animals that do not adhere to an 8-hour schedule. Some days will be a normal 8-hours, but when care is needed for a sick or injured bird longer days will be required. Interns will have 1 day off per week. Interns will reside on-site for full immersion in the wildlife rehabilitation experience. *If a special project is needed to complete your internship for credit we are happy to work out those details with you individually based on your interests. Qualifications: Intern should have a strong interest in avian rehabilitation and care. Candidates should be pursuing a degree in wildlife, captive wildlife, biology, or closely related field. Other fields of interest will be considered. Dates: Mandatory orientation date May 23, 2017. Internships continue through the end of August. Ending date is flexible. Compensation: Unpaid, but housing is provided onsite. To Apply: E-mail resume and cover letter by February 28, 2017 to (EM: Elise AT RaptorEducationGroup.org). *Interviews begin in January
WADING BIRD AND BLACK RAIL PROJECT TECHNICIANS at South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Website: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/species/wadingbirds/ Location: Coastal South Carolina. Duration: 6-7 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 2. Application Deadline: 30 Nov 2016. Job Description: The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) plans to hire two seasonal technician to assist with the Wading Bird and Black Rail Projects during the spring and summer of 2017. The positions will begin in early February and end in late August or September. We are looking for highly motivated people who are willing to work a flexible schedule that often varies from day to day. Early morning, night and weekend work will be required. One technician will focus on the Black Rail Project and the other technician will work on both projects. Black Rail Project responsibilities will include: trapping and tracking black rails using radio telemetry, conducting call-response (playback) surveys for black rails and other secretive marsh birds, operating 4-wheel drive trucks in remote areas, deploying and retrieving heavy equipment, reviewing audio recordings for rail calls, and data entry. The climate of coastal South Carolina during the summer can be very hot and humid, and many of the components of this project include walking long distances in difficult marsh terrain. Snakes, alligators, and mosquitoes are abundant in the study area. Wading Bird Project responsibilities will include: counting/estimating birds (wood storks, egrets, herons, etc.) during aerial surveys from a small plane, canoeing through swamps, climbing trees and capturing stork chicks for banding, monitoring individual wading bird nests throughout the season, analysis of aerial photos, and data entry. Aerial surveys are a major component of the project, so the technician must be able to fly in a small plane comfortably and must be able to quickly estimate numbers of nests in rookeries during flights. This would not be an enjoyable position for someone prone to motion sickness. Some aspects of the position are very physically demanding. The technician will need to climb cypress trees from a canoe to capture chicks and will be working in hot, humid conditions. The technician working on the wading bird project will also participate in many of the activities described in the black rail project description. The SCDNR office and many of the survey sites are located in the ACE Basin of South Carolina, a spectacular undeveloped area that offers a variety of excellent birding and outdoor recreational activities. Shared housing at a wildlife management area will be provided. The office where the technician will be based is located in Green Pond, SC (Donnelley Wildlife Management Area). Walterboro is the closest town, and Charleston is approximately an hour drive away. A personal vehicle will be required since the location is remote and there is no public transportation, but we plan to provide a DNR vehicle for most work duties. Additional information about study species: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/species/wadingbirds/ http://www.dnr.sc.gov/swap/supplemental/birds/blackrail2015.pdf Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong interest in avian research, an excellent work ethic, a positive attitude about working in buggy conditions, a high tolerance of heat and sun, and should be in good physical condition. Required skills and qualifications include: valid US driver’s license and good driving record, prior field work experience, and professionalism when interacting with people from different backgrounds. Prior experience identifying marsh birds by sight and sound, surveying wildlife from a small plane, monitoring bird nests, tracking wildlife using radio telemetry, and familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Access, and ArcGIS is highly desired. Applicants should be self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team. Must be a United States citizen or be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. Compensation: Approximately $1,600-$2,200 per month depending on number of hours worked. Housing provided. To Apply: Please send a SINGLE email attachment containing a cover letter describing any prior experience relevant to these specific positions, a resume/CV, and contact information for three references to CHRISTY HAND (EM: handc at dnr.sc.gov). Indicate if you are interested in only one of the positions or in both positions. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the positions may be filled prior to the application deadline.
SENIOR COASTAL SCIENTIST at The Nature Conservancy. Website: http://www.nature.org Location: Eastern Shore of Virginia. Job Type: Permanent. Application Deadline: 27 Nov 2016. Job Description: The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) is currently recruiting for a Senior Coastal Scientist to be based from our Nassawadox office on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. This position will provide VCR and the Virginia Operating Unit of TNC with technical scientific leadership to inform, plan and develop conservation strategies related to coastal resilience adaptation, coastal restoration, land and water conservation and protection, barrier island management, avian monitoring and management and other emerging conservation issues. Strong candidates should have experience directing a major program of strategic importance, working/communicating with diverse audiences, an established record of strong scientific writing, and supervisory experience. More details can be found by reviewing the position posting found at http://nature.org/careers (position #44808). This position will be open through 11/27/16 and applications will be accepted online only. EOE
SEASONAL COWBIRD FIELD BIOLOGIST at University of Illinois. Location: Fort Hood, Texas. Duration: 13 February to 30 June 2017. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 30 Nov 2016. Job Description: Primary Position Function/Summary (1-2 sentence summary): Conduct management of the endangered Black-capped Vireos (Vireo atricapilla) at Fort Hood Military Installation and offsite locations in Texas. Major Duties and Responsibilities (detailed duties): • Operate up to 35 cowbird traps • Locate and monitor traps at sites that optimize target captures and minimize non-targets captures • Organize and maintain a supplies, seed, and water cache • Mow herbaceous vegetation around traps with a gas-powered weed trimmer • Collect and accurately record and verify data • Operate a 4 wheel drive motor vehicle on unimproved roads When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations using a government vehicle, lifting and moving items that may occasionally weigh up to forty (40) pounds and frequently weigh up to twenty (20) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. Education: • Required: Bachelor’s Degree • Preferred: Bachelor of Science in Biology or related field, relevant wildlife or biology coursework Training (needed to be considered for the position; do not include any on-the-job training needed): • Required: Valid state driver’s license • Preferred: Handling songbirds via nets and songbird euthanasia Qualifications: Experience: • Required: None • Preferred: Six months experience on Fort Hood, off-road driving, navigation with GPS, map-reading, and bird euthanasia. Compensation: $13.00/hour. To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to (EM: forthoodbhco2017 AT gmail.com)
AMWO/GWWA AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANT at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Location: Pennsylvania or Minnesota. Duration: 3 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 10-14. Application Deadline: 10 Dec 2016. Job Description: AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS (10-14) needed early April – Late July (2016) to monitor Golden-winged Warbler and American Woodcock in privately- and publicly-owned forests of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia, New York, Wisconsin and Minnesota. April and early-May surveys will consist of evening counts of American Woodcock on the singing grounds, while mid-May-June surveys will focus on morning passerine surveys and vegetation sampling. Technicians must be happy to measure vegetation characteristics, enter data, and perform other field activities as these things will also be important for the field crew to function. Housing with 1-3 other technicians and field vehicles, fuel will be provided. Technicians will be given an opportunity to provide preference of primary location (Pennsylvania or Minnesota). Start date for PA crews is 4/10/2016, for MN is 4/22/2016 with some limited flexibility. Qualified candidates will possess strong skills for identifying native birds by sight and sound and be familiar with the process of conducting point counts. Although American Woodcock and Golden-winged Warblers will be the focus of our surveys, technicians must be able to identify all birds encountered during passerine surveys. Point count experience is greatly preferred, however, Eastern bird identification experience is a must. Successful applicants should have the ability to measure vegetation characteristics, enter data, and perform other field activities, however training will be provided. Strong applicants will also have a passion for spending early mornings (and some late evenings) observing birds, be physically fit and capable of working in a rugged forested setting (with insects, poison ivy, etc.). The ability to communicate with private land owners and public land managers, navigate using GPS, and work well in teams (especially paired with a partner) is also a must. Compensation: $1800-2000/month depending on level of experience To Apply: Please send a cover letter highlighting your related field experience, a resume, your earliest starting date, and contact information of three references to: D.J. MCNEIL and KIRSTEN JOHNSON at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (EM: darin.j.mcneil AT gmail.com, ke.johnson1987 AT gmail.com)
AVIAN POINT COUNT TECHNICIAN at Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/tjfontaineunl/TJ-Fontaine Location: Nebraska - statewide. Duration: 3 months. Job Type: Temporary. Number of Openings: 3. Application Deadline: 14 Apr 2017. Job Description: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit are seeking 2 full-time and 1 part-time avian point count technicians to conduct statewide grassland bird surveys for the 2017 breeding season. Technicians will support collaborative research on landscape scale studies of grassland bird species abundance and distribution, and habitat relationships. The results of this study will help to improve our understanding of species and community response to land use and climate change, and will guide conservation and management efforts within the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project to conserve declining grassland bird species and species of cultural importance. This position provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience while working in a diversity of habitats ranging from the Sandhills, Rainwater Basin, High Plains, and Platte Valley, to the Pine Ridge of Nebraska. The field season will run from 1 May to mid-July 2017 with some flexibility in start/end dates. We will pay technicians $1,600 - $2,000 per month DOE, provide a field vehicle for work, and provide field housing (some camping will be required). We are also interested in applicants seeking part-time employment based out of Lincoln or SE Nebraska. Technician duties include: 1) conducting daily standardized multi-species point count surveys with distance sampling; 2) collecting data on weather conditions following standardized protocols; 3) driving long distances to remote areas navigating by map; 4) data entry and management; 5) assisting the project leader as necessary. Significant travel time will be required for this position; technicians will be working very early mornings and should be comfortable with an unpredictable work schedule depending on the weather and may include working on weekends. Housing will be very dynamic – 2 full-time technicians will regularly move around the state of Nebraska between multiple field housing sites. Qualifications: Applicants with experience conducting bird surveys and the ability to identify Eastern birds (particularly grassland species) by sight and sound are preferred. Additional qualifications include the ability to navigate with maps and GPS to find study sites, passion for field work, excellent communication skills, ability to live and work in remote areas, a strong work ethic, willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team. State issued driver’s license, a good driving record, and CPR/First Aid certification are required. Compensation: We will pay technicians $1,600 - $2,000 per month DOE To apply, please send letter of interest describing applicant qualifications and where you heard about the job, resume, and contact information for three references via email to (EM: efstuber AT gmail.com). Please enter “2017 Point Count Application” in the subject line. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions have been filled.
PHD STUDENT IN AVIAN BEHAVIOR AND COMMUNICATION at University of Northern Colorado. Location: Greeley, CO. Application Deadline: 31 Jan 2017. Job Description: Funding is available through a teaching assistantship for a PhD student in the Benedict Lab at the University of Northern Colorado (UNCO). The Benedict lab studies avian social behavior, bird song, and signal evolution. UNCO’s School of Biological sciences offers a unique PhD in Biological Education which trains graduates in the teacher-scholar model. Our graduates are well prepared for future positions which value both teaching and scholarship. More information about the Benedict Lab can be found here: http://www.unco.edu/biology/lbenedict/index.html. More information about graduate programs at UNCO can be found here: http://www.unco.edu/nhs/biology/programs/graduate/. MS candidates will also be considered. Qualifications: The right candidate for this position is one who wants to conduct a research-based PhD studying avian behavior or communication, and who also wants training in pedagogy and teaching techniques. We are particularly seeking students with experience in field techniques, strong writing skills, good ability to work collaboratively, and a passion for ornithology. Students may work on existing research projects in the lab or develop their own research projects. Compensation: PhD students with teaching assistantships at UNCO receive a graduate stipend of $17,081 per year plus additional summer funding and scholarship opportunities. This comes with a tuition waiver for up to 10 credits per semester. To Apply: Before applying, interested parties should send a CV and a brief statement of interest to Dr. LAURYN BENEDICT (EM: lauryn.benedict AT unco.edu). Full applications will require transcripts and GRE scores and will be Due by March 1, 2017.
REFUGE BIOLOGY VOLUNTEER at US Fish and Wildlife Service. Website: http://fws.gov/midway Location: Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Duration: 6 months. Job Type: Volunteer. Number of Openings: 4. Application Deadline: 31 Dec 2016 Job Description: Volunteer work emphasizes habitat restoration including native plant propagation and out-planting, seed collection and processing, removal of invasive plants both by hand and through chemical application of herbicide, and monitoring plant populations. Other work includes seabird and Laysan duck monitoring, marine debris removal, data entry, and equipment maintenance, along with other tasks depending on current projects and refuge needs. Volunteers are expected to work 40 hours/week with additional weekend work when necessary. Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is a remote site and accessible by plane twice a month. Because of the isolated nature of this work, safety is of the utmost importance. Volunteers should be aware that evacuation for emergencies or medical issues can typically take at least 24 hours and be potentially very expensive. All volunteers will need to carry medical-evacuation insurance. A current passport is required for travel to and from Midway. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel to Honolulu. Volunteers are responsible for the proper upkeep of their living quarters. The “Clipper House” on Midway serves cafeteria-style food with a wide variety of dishes, including vegetarian options and a full salad bar, courtesy of Midway’s hydroponic garden. There is also a small convenience store on Midway that provides some basics: toiletries, refreshments, etc. Because Midway is a small community where volunteers will be working and living with FWS employees and contractors, we cannot stress enough our zero tolerance policy for harassment or abuse of any kind, including alcohol or drug abuse. Selected applicants will be sent a packet of additional information on the island, duties, and suggested items to bring, as well as required forms. These items must be submitted before the volunteer arrives for duty in Honolulu. A current physical, tetanus shot, and TB test are also required. Qualifications: Must be physically fit and able to confidently ride a bike, hike up to three miles in the sand or on uneven terrain while carrying a spray pack, lift 50 pounds and be willing to spray herbicide with proper protective gear. Successful applicants must also be willing to handle albatrosses and other seabirds for banding, monitoring studies, and disentanglements. Must be able and willing to perform all duties in sub-tropical wind, sun, rain and humidity extremes. Must be able to swim. Volunteers should have a strong work ethic along with the ability to live and work closely with a small group of people for six months. Preference will be given to those with an educational or professional background in biology, conservation science, or botany. Habitat restoration, plant propagation, weed control, remote field, and/or bird handling experience preferred. Compensation: Round-trip flight between Honolulu and Midway provided. Housing on-Refuge and three meals/day provided. Volunteer living quarters include individual bedrooms, a common living area, and a full kitchen. To Apply: If you are interested in applying, please email a single .pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume outlining relevant education and work experience, and three work-related references (with phone and e-mail) to (EM: meg_duhrschultz AT fws.gov). Please title the file in this format: YourLastName_Spring2017. For more information, please call: MEG DUHR-SCHULTZ (PH: 808-954-4819).
ENDANGERED FLORIDA GRASSHOPPER SPARROW CREW LEADER (1) AND TECHNICIANS (3) at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Location: Kenansville, Florida. Duration: 5 months (or longer). Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 4. Application Deadline: 6 Jan 2017. Job Description: Crew leader (17 Feb-1 Sept 2017, with potential promotion to permanent employee), Seasonal Technicians (20 March-1 Sept 2017. Experienced crew leader needed to supervise demographic research and nest protection management of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (17 Feb-1 Sept 2017, with possible promotion to permanent employee). Three experienced seasonal field technicians are also needed to assist with important data collection and nest protection activities (20 March-1 Sept 2017). These positions are an exciting opportunity to protect and conserve one of the rarest birds in the United States while contributing to a large-scale demographic research project. Florida’s dry prairie offers breathtaking grassland sunrises and frequent encounters with some of Florida’s finest wildlife. Field housing is in remote and beautiful natural landscape with plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, fishing, and boating, and only 10 min from field site. This work was recently featured in NPR’s All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/2016/10/20/498736786/last-gasp-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow-from-extinction and a video highlighting the project can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-UX2_QCPzI Conducting point count surveys, color banding adult and juvenile sparrows using mist nets, collecting blood samples for disease analysis, banding nestlings, finding and monitoring grassland bird nests with nest cameras, protecting nests with predator deflection fencing, conducting behavioral observations, and resighting color banded birds. Approximately 70% of work time will be spent in the field observing sparrows and searching for and monitoring nests. The remaining time is spent entering data and maintaining cameras and other field equipment. Qualifications: Candidates must be passionate about the conservation of critically endangered wildlife, able to tolerate and excel in hot, humid, and buggy conditions, flexible to changing work schedules, and capable of walking long distances in rubber boots. Preferred candidates should have extensive experience searching for and monitoring grassland bird nests. Previous experience trapping and banding passerines and resighting color-bands using a spotting scope is also desired. Applicants must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be authorized to work in the United States. Applicants should be proficient at entering data using Excel or Access. Previous experience driving four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs in wet conditions is also preferred. Dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail when working with a critically endangered bird is a must. Compensation: Pay is $14.00/hr for crew leader and $13.00/hr for seasonal technicians (40hrs/week) and includes air-conditioned shared housing and 4x4 field vehicles. To Apply: If interested, please send a brief cover letter, CV and the contact information for three professional references to Dr. ERIN RAGHEB (EM: Erin.Ragheb AT MyFWC.com). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
AVIAN ECOLOGY INTERNSHIP: EVERGLADES AND FLORIDA KEYS at Florida Atlantic University. Website: http://www.science.fau.edu/biology/gawliklab Location: South Florida (Everglades/Florida Keys). Duration: 2-5 months. Job Type: Intern. Number of Openings: 1-2. Application Deadline: 1 Dec 2016. Job Description: Florida Atlantic University’s Avian Ecology Lab is seeking 1-2 avian ecology field interns for a seasonal position studying wading birds, their habitats, and prey assemblages in Florida Bay and lower Florida Keys. Field sites are accessed by boat and kayak. Housing is provided. Applicants can apply for an early-term position (March 1 – April 30), late-term position (May 1 – July 31), or full-term position (March 1 – July 31). Primary field duties include wading bird abundance surveys, throw-trapping aquatic fauna, submerged aquatic vegetation surveys, wading bird behavioral surveys, and hydrologic data collection. The late-term position will include handling nestling wading birds and collecting diet samples. Lab duties include data entry and processing of fish and macroinvertebrate specimens. This position provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to develop their field and lab skills and interests in ecology and conservation. Interns will have the opportunity to see a diverse variety of endangered and threatened species in a subtropical ecosystem and participate in a research project linked to the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem. Interns should expect to gain: - Various field sampling techniques - Avian and aquatic fauna identification - Marine navigation skills - Boating experience and maintenance - Spatial data organization using ArcGIS - Experience handling wading bird nestlings (late-term or full-term position only) Qualifications: Applicants should have, or are in the process of earning, a bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources or related field. Applicants should be highly motivated, physically-fit, able to work dawn to dusk in subtropical, sometimes unpredictable, coastal marine field conditions (heat, humidity, rain, rough water, biting insects, jellyfish), and maintain a positive attitude. Applicants should have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. The ability to work without supervision at a high level of performance and efficiency is mandatory. Preference will be given to applicants with experience identifying wading birds, conducting point counts, kayaking, and boating. Compensation: Housing provided. To Apply: Applications must be received by December 1, 2016. Applications should be submitted via email as a single PDF that contains (1) a letter of interest highlighting relevant experience, clearly indicating the position type (early-, late-, or full-term), (2) a resume or CV, and (3) the names and contact information for at least 3 references. Please use the subject line “Avian Ecology Field Internship Application.” Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. Although applicants with limited availability will be accepted, preference will be given to those available for the full time period of the position. Send applications to MARISA MARTINEZ (EM: marisamartin2015 AT fau.edu). For more information about the Avian Ecology Lab visit: http://www.science.fau.edu/biology/gawliklab.
FIELD ASSISTANT at Louisiana State University. Location: Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Duration: 3 and a half months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 2. Application Deadline: 15 Dec 2016. Job Description: FIELD ASSISTANTS (2) Seeking two additional field assistants for studies of Seaside Sparrow and Marsh Rice Rat in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, 15 March – 30 June, 2017. Fieldwork will take place in Louisiana coastal salt marsh and there are opportunities to enjoy the spectacle of spring migration along the Gulf of Mexico. Duties may include capturing/tagging birds and rodents, collecting and processing blood and tissue samples, finding/monitoring bird nests, and data management. Qualifications: Experience with mist-nets, nest-searching, resighting color-banded birds, taking blood samples from birds, trapping and ear/PIT-tagging small mammals, and managing field data desirable. Ability to trailer and pilot a small boat highly desirable for one of the positions. Motivation is a primary consideration: the work is hard and demanding. The team of 3 field assistants and 2 graduate students will be expected to work both independently and cooperatively, be self-motivated and demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills, and be willing to do minor manipulative research with animals. A demonstrated ability to work in hot and often buggy environments is required. Compensation: Stipend is equivalent to $1280 - $1800/month, depending on qualifications. Housing is provided. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and a list of 3 references (with phone #s and/or email addresses) to: ANNA PEREZ-UMPHREY (EM: aperezumphrey AT gmail.com), or Renewable Natural Resources Bldg. Rm 227, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. LSU AgCenter is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Deadline to apply: Dec. 15, 2016.
VOLUNTARY RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP NEEDED IN SEABIRD BEHAVIOUR AND ECOLOGY at Hokkaido University. Location: Hokkaido, Japan. Duration: 2 months. Job Type: Volunteer. Application Deadline: 10 Jan 2017. Job Description: We use bio-logging devices (e.g. geolocators, GPS recorders) on two species (Rhinoceros Auklets and Black-backed Gulls) to study behavioural ecology of colonial seabirds. Most work will involve assisting a long-term monitoring project and behavioural studies of post-doc fellows and graduate students from Hokkaido University coordinated by Yutaka Watanuki, with the daily monitoring breeding birds and their chicks, and the deployment and retrieval of tracking devices. It will also involve entering data collected in the field into databases. Qualifications: We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking young biologist to work as a voluntary Research Assistant to help with our seabird research on Teuri/Rishiri Island, Hokkaido, Japan, between May 1st and June 30th 2017. Previous experience in the field or in harsh conditions is desirable, but not essential. Work on Teuri/Rishiri requires long hours (with some work at night and at dawn) spent in a cold and wet environment and considerable manual work. A successful candidate should be able to work independently and have a reasonable level of fitness. Planning to embark on further research degrees in the future would be preferable. It is also important that the assistant feels comfortable sharing sometimes crowded accommodation with a number of colleagues over long periods of time, and can cope with the occasional untidiness inevitably associated with fieldwork. Compensation: Unfortunately we cannot provide a stipend but accommodation (shared and basic) on Teuri/Rishiri will be covered. However, the project is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in modern field ornithology, with bio-logging techniques. There will also be opportunities for the assistant to learn some analytical techniques applied to animal movement data or chemical analytical techniques in the wet-lab. Teuri/Rishiri has mobile coverage and some access to Internet, however movements to and from the mainland are limited because of unpredictable wind conditions. Teuri/Rishiri is an inhabited island and there are small restaurants and grocery stores. There is a small community of other researchers, ringers and volunteers at our shared accommodation. To Apply: If you are interested, please email a CV and a statement of interest and arrange for two letters of reference to be emailed to (EM: akikosho AT gmail.com (with ywata AT fish.hokudai.ac.jp in cc)). The deadline for submitting applications (including reference letters) is the 10th January 2017. We will interview the shortlisted candidates (on Skype) shortly after and we expect to make a decision by late January.
PHD CANDIDATE at Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria. Website: http://cogbio.univie.ac.at/ Location: Grünau im Almtal, Austria. Duration: 3 years. Job Type: Student. Application Deadline: 2 Dec 2016. Job Description: The research group of Prof. Thomas Bugnyar at the Department of Cognitive Biology has funding available for a three year PhD position in Animal Behaviour. The PhD candidate will be part of a new FWF-project on Social Dynamics and Social Knowledge in wild ravens and should develop his/her own project within this framework. Tests of social knowledge shall include playback designs, thus expertise in bioacoustics and interest in animal communication are essential. The 3-year PhD position is fully paid (30 hours-week) and is based mainly at the Konrad Lorenz Research Station in Grünau im Almtal, about 200 km West of Vienna. The PhD candidate will be enrolled at the Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria (http://cogbio.univie.ac.at/) and will interact with its members on a regular base. The working language of the Department is English and we welcome scientists and students from all over the world. The PhD candidate will be embedded in the newly founded Vienna Doctoral School (VDS) for Cognition, Behaviour and Neuroscience (CoBeNe) at the University of Vienna (https://vdscobene.univie.ac.at). The main goal of VDS CoBeNe is quality assurance in PhD training and education. In addition the organization stands for promotion of inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge exchange. Qualifications: Profile: • Above average masters degree in either zoology, psychology, neuroscience, engineering, or computer science • Proficient knowledge of English • Excellent academic standing • Research experience in analysis of animal behaviour and communication • Strong computational and bio-acoustical skills • Genuine interest in studying behaviour under field-like conditions Further desirable qualifications • Publications in international, peer-reviewed journals • Previous experience in studying animal communication • Previous experience in playback studies, video analysis, cognitive experiments • Previous experience in working in a research team • Ability to work in a team is essential Compensation: The 3-year PhD position is fully paid (30 hours-week) To Apply: Letters of application including CV, photograph, 2 letters of recommendation and a statement of research interests should be sent to Mrs. SIGRID HAGER by email (EM: vds.cobene AT univie.ac.at) until December 2nd, 2016. Planned starting date is February 1st, 2017. The University of Vienna promotes the employment of woman in fields of work in which they are under-represented and therefore encourages qualified women to apply to this opening. Disabled people will be preferentially treated if qualified.
PAID FIELD INTERNSHIP IN NUTHATCH BEHAVIOR at Tall Timbers Research Station. Website: http://talltimbers.org/ Location: Tallahassee, FL. Duration: 10 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 20 Dec 2016. Job Description: PAID FIELD INTERNSHIP IN NUTHATCH BEHAVIOR to participate in a study of the behavioral ecology of the brown-headed nuthatch (Sitta pusilla). Location: Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, Florida Duration: 10 weeks from mid-February 2017 to mid-May 2017; applicants must commit to full 10-week field season. Project Description: Brown-headed nuthatches inhabit open pine forests throughout the southeastern United States. These cavity-nesting birds are cooperative breeders, and this project investigates the evolution and function of cooperative behavior, specifically how cooperative groups form and the benefit of helpers throughout the breeding season. Duties: Responsibilities of the field assistants include: setting up video cameras at nesting sites, conducting behavioral observations of color-banded brown-headed nuthatches and other bird species at nesting sites, re-sighting color-banded birds, and assisting in field experiments. Field assistants will also be expected to enter data, maintain and manage equipment, and assist with additional research activities. There will be opportunities to assist in mist-netting and banding birds, learn basic GIS operations and database management, and assist with prescribed burns. Interns are also encouraged to undertake a small, independent project that relates to the broader study of nuthatch behavior. Qualifications: Applicants should be physically fit and capable of being out in the woods for full field days (approximately 6:00 am – 6:00 pm), be able to carry up to 40lbs of equipment, should have a strong interest in animal behavior and birds, capable of interacting well with others and able to work independently in the field. Successful applicants should have strong field skills, experience with behavioral observations, bird species identification, and the ability to read color bands and conduct behavioral observations on small, fast moving birds (using scope and binoculars). Experience collecting blood samples from birds is preferred, but not required. Assistants should expect long field days that range in temperature, be able to independently navigate through a large matrix of pine forest, be prepared for encounters with venomous snakes and various bugs including chiggers. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, and basic video camera skills are preferred. Applicants should be working towards or have recently completed a B.A. (B.S.) in biology, ecology, or related field. Individuals that are working towards or have recently completed an M.S. in biology, ecology, or related field will also be considered. All applicants must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and a good driving record Compensation: A weekly stipend of $245 and housing at Tall Timbers Research Station will be provided. To Apply: Send a SINGLE document containing the following: 1) cover letter explaining your motivation and qualifications to work on this project, 2) CV, which should include your field experience and any additional relevant experience, and 3) contact information for three professional references who are familiar with your field experience, personality, and interests (include their email and phone numbers) to: JESSICA A. CUSICK Florida State University Department of Biological Science Email (EM: jcusick AT fsu.edu). Email Subject Line: “2017 BHNU Field Assistant Application” Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled