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GRADUATE STUDENT OPPORTUNITY IN BLACKBIRD ECO-PHYSIOLOGY at North Dakota State University, Department of Biological Sciences. Location: Fargo, ND. The Greives lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University (NDSU), in collaboration with Dr. Page Klug and the USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center, is seeking a graduate student (M.S. or Ph.D.) interested in participating in research projects aimed at understanding the influence of cross-seasonal interactions on timing of life-history transitions and reproductive success (e.g. influence of overwintering habitat on reproductive timing and success) in Red-winged Blackbirds. This is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in the interface of ecological and evolutionary physiology, animal behavior, and wildlife management in agroecosystems. Specific projects can vary based on research interests but may include investigations on the influence of overwinter habitat on pre-migratory and reproductive endocrine function or the use of stable isotopes to uncover a link between overwinter habitat and seasonal reproductive timing and output. The student may either earn their degree in Biological Sciences or through the Environmental and Conservation Sciences graduate program at NDSU. Year-round funding (full tuition waiver and stipend) is available as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Biological Sciences Department at NDSU through a cooperative agreement with the USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center. Additional funding is available to support research and to attend conferences and training opportunities. Expected start date is August 2017. If you are interested in this position please contact Dr. TIM GREIVES (EM: timothy.greives AT ndsu.edu). Please include in your email your research background and interests as well as your GPA and GRE scores.
AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS – The Missouri River Bird Observatory seeks two skilled, motivated and flexible individuals as our Avian Field Technicians from 26 March – 15 July, 2017. The Technicians will primarily work on various aspects of MRBO’s Grasslands Project but will have several opportunities to be involved with our Wetland Bird Survey Project and with various education events. The positions begin with a training period followed by six weeks (April 2nd – approx. May 12th) of assisting with a low-volume bird-banding station located on a prairie restoration-in-progress. Following the spring migration season, the Technicians will engage in sight-and-sound surveys of all species on prairie (and occasionally wetland) sites throughout the state of Missouri (approx. May 13th – June 30th). Concurrently, nest-searching and monitoring on experimental patch-burn grazing sites will be conducted (approx. late May – 15 July). This position involves extensive travel and the ability to work independently after the initial six-week banding session. Work is conducted 5-7 days a week in response to weather and the need to cover a lot of ground during the short breeding season window. Qualifications: · Excellent bird ID by sight and sound in a variety of habitats. · A strong conservation ethic. · Outgoing, professional demeanor with ability to interact with agency staff, private landowners and members of the general public. · Flexibility to work and live in close quarters with a small group or one other individual. · Willingness to camp for several days occasionally, and possession of basic camping equipment. · Ability to work independently and complete tasks efficiently. Location: Variable. Training takes place in Arrow Rock, MO; field season involves camping in southern Missouri and shared housing in El Dorado Springs, MO. Salary: $1400/month + housing & travel reimbursement. Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to (EM: dana.ripper AT mrbo.org with a cc to ethan.duke AT mrbo.org). Please use the subject line “Avian Field Technician” and address your qualifications as listed above. Application deadline is January 15th, 2017 but applications will be reviewed as they are received.
GRASSLAND BIRD TECHNICIAN – The Missouri River Bird Observatory seeks one Grassland Bird Technician for line-transect surveys and nest-searching/monitoring from 1 May – 15 July. The Grasslands Technician will complete a team of four working on this project. MRBO’s grasslands project is entirely conservation-focused, and target species include some of the most precipitously declining species in North America. Surveys are conducted by 400-m transect, include all species by sight and sound, and involve covering most public and some private grasslands throughout western Missouri (almost 50,000 acres). Nest-searching is concentrated on a sub-set of sites near Eldorado Springs, MO. Data are collected via ArcGIS Collector, with no additional data entry needed; we do ask that technicians take brief, general habitat notes and several photos of each property. The grassland bird breeding season is a short but intense field season where at least 6 days/week are needed. Extensive travel throughout central, northern, and southwestern Missouri is required. Qualifications: · Excellent bird ID by sight and sound in a variety of habitats. · A strong conservation ethic. · Outgoing, professional demeanor with ability to interact with agency staff, private landowners and members of the general public. · Flexibility to work and live in close quarters with a small group or one other individual. · Willingness to camp for several days occasionally, and possession of basic camping equipment. · Ability to work independently and complete tasks efficiently. Compensation is $1400/month salary, mileage reimbursement for personal vehicle use at $0.35/mile, and shared housing. Camping will be required while on the road, which may be several nights in a row. Cost of camping and, in the case of inclement weather, motel stays will also be reimbursed. Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to (EM: dana.ripper AT mrbo.org with a cc to ethan.duke AT mrbo.org). Please use the subject line “Grassland Surveyor App” and address your qualifications as listed above. Application deadline is January 15th, 2017 but applications will be reviewed as they are received.
WETLAND BIRD SURVEY TECHNICIANS – The Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) seeks two Wetland Bird Survey Technicians from 26 March – 30 June 2016. Following a week training period in central Missouri, the technicians will conduct all-species surveys by sight and sound in private wetlands (approx. 60 sites) throughout the entire state. The survey methodology is a hybrid between line transects and spot-mapping with all data collected on iPads. On each transect, there is a stop at mid-point to conduct audio broadcasts in hopes of eliciting vocal responses from target marsh bird species. These include the rare King, Black, Virginia and Yellow Rails and Least and American Bitterns, all species of high conservation concern. In addition to daily surveys, technicians must provide photos and brief write-ups of habitat conditions at each site surveyed. This is a great opportunity to contribute to private lands conservation while encountering rare and elusive birds in beautiful, sometimes remote, wetlands. Applicants must: · have outstanding bird ID skills (over 200 species, some very unusual, have been detected on the wetland survey project). · have experience working independently with a reliable, responsible work ethic. · be able to present an amiable, professional face to private landowners on whom this project depends. · be comfortable traveling extensively for three months and camping alone or as part of a team of two. · maintain a good attitude in the face of constantly-changing logistics. · Couples and friends with relevant qualifications are encouraged to apply, as the logistics of the wetland survey project are tackled better as a team. This project is conducted in partnership with state and federal agencies and represents a significant contribution to the conservation of wetland birds in Missouri. Compensation is $1300-1500/month DOE plus mileage reimbursement for personal vehicle use and camping/lodging expenses. Please send a letter of interest addressing the qualifications listed above, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to (EM: dana.ripper AT mrbo.org and ethan.duke AT mrbo.org). Please use the subject line “Wetland Surveyor App”. Experienced birders with great ID skills but no formal survey experience are welcome. Application deadline is January 15th, 2017 but applications will be reviewed as they are received.
GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH POSITION at Humboldt State University. Website: http://www2.humboldt.edu/wildlife/faculty/johnson/index.html Location: Arcata, California. Duration: 2 years. Job Type: Student. Application Deadline: 1 Feb 2017. Job Description: Seeking applicants for a Master of Science student to join our lab in Fall 2017. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to manage a small ongoing bird banding program (MAPS station) and develop an independent project within the lab’s overall emphasis on habitat ecology and our current work, which includes projects on barn owls and their effects in winegrape vineyard ecosystems as well on the relationship between wildlife and habitat management on tribal lands. See examples of current & former student projects: http://www2.humboldt.edu/wildlife/faculty/johnson/research_studentprojects.html Qualifications: Applicants should possess a strong understanding of basic principles of ecology and conservation, have experience running mist-nets and banding birds, and have an interest in applied wildlife conservation consistent with current lab projects. Experience with statistical analyses, GIS, and database management experience are preferred. Additional desirable qualities include an aptitude for working independently, strong communication and analytical skills, enthusiasm for field research and analysis, evidence of an ability to think creatively, and a good academic record. Successful applicant must meet the HSU Natural Resource graduate program requirements: GRE scores minimum of 150 Qualitative 150 Verbal. Minimum GPA requirement 3.0. Compensation: Funding includes a tuition waiver (~$8,400 value), plus a stipend in the academic year and summer for field research ($5,000), and some modest funds for travel and supplies (~$4,000). To Apply: Formal applications to HSU are due 1 February 2017 (http://www2.humboldt.edu/gradprograms/future-students), but potential candidates should first contact Dr. MATT JOHNSON by email (EM: matt.johnson AT humboldt.edu) by 2 January, including a brief statement of research interests and a CV. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis.
AVIAN ECOLOGIST at Smithsonian Institution/Colorado State University. Location: California Channel Islands/mainland California. Duration: 3 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 15 Dec 2016. Job Description: Field technician is needed to work closely with a PhD student studying genomic signatures of adaptation and physiological responses to temperature in song sparrows on the California Channel Islands. The technician will be responsible for mist-netting, banding, measuring, and assisting with physiological experiments on song sparrows. Duties also include collecting environmental data, performing observational studies of banded birds, and entering data into a computer database each day. Field work will be conducted on mainland California (Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles County) and Santa Cruz Island. The field technician will be living in close quarters with other island researchers and NPS personnel. Housing, utilities, and transportation between the island and the mainland will be provided. Pets are not permitted. Field technician will be responsible for his/her own food and personal field gear and may be asked to plan resources accordingly to remain on island for one month at a time. Approximate start date: February 27, 2017; approximate end date: June 1, 2017. Qualifications: * Experience mist-netting, handling, and collecting blood samples from small passerines * Good color vision and experience working with birds outside of the classroom * A valid U.S. driver’s license and the ability to drive a 4WD, manual transmission vehicle * Positive and self-motivated with a good sense of humor Compensation: $500/week. To Apply: Send cover letter, CV, and contact information for 2 job references to MAYBELLENE GAMBOA (EM: cisongsparrows AT gmail.com). Please include all application materials as a single email attachment. Put “SOSP Field Technician” in the e-mail subject line. Applications will be reviewed in the order received, and the position will be filled as soon as possible. Deadline: December 15, 2016
SEASONAL AVIAN ECOLOGIST at Smithsonian Institute / Cornell University / Wellesley College. Location: Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hamsphire. Duration: 8-12 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 12. Application Deadline: 15 Feb 2017. Job Description: Participate in a long-term, ecological study of breeding birds at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Current National Science Foundation-funded research focuses on effects of climatic variation on bird abundance and population dynamics. Two positions are available: Warbler Technician (8) and Survey Technician (4). Both positions require good color vision, the ability to hike long distances and to work alone in remote, rugged, and steep terrain, and an interest in avian behavioral and population ecology. A positive attitude, flexibility, and eagerness to learn are requirements! Fieldwork starts in early to mid-May and lasts 8-12 weeks (late July to early August). We typically work six days per week from 5:30 am to 1:30 pm in the field plus time for data entry after returning from the field. We can only work full days when the weather is favorable. A stipend of $420/week plus lakeside housing, utilities costs, and internet access are provided. Many opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and birding can be found in the immediate area. Qualifications: Warbler Technicians must have prior experience finding and monitoring passerine nests; experience with banding and taking blood samples from small passerines is preferred. Additional duties include insect and small mammal surveys, measuring vegetation, and transcription of video-recordings of nestling provisioning. Survey Technicians must be able to identify New England forest birds by sight and sound and have prior experience watching or studying birds outside of the classroom. Previous work conducting avian point-counts is preferred. Compensation: $420/week stipend plus lakeside housing, utilities costs, and internet access are provided To apply, send cover letter, CV, and contact information for 2 job references to (EM: btbw2017 AT gmail.com). Please include all application materials as a single email attachment. In the email subject line, indicate the position you seek along with your last name as follows: “Last Name_Warbler Technician” or “Last Name_Survey Technician;” use “Last Name_Avian Ecologist” if you want to be considered for both positions. Address any questions to Danielle Aube. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
VOLUNTEER SEABIRD RESEARCH ASSISTANT at Point Blue Conservation Science. Website: http://www.pointblue.org/ Location: Southeast Farallon Island, CA. Duration: Minimum 8 weeks. Job Type: Volunteer. Number of Openings: 5-7. Application Deadline: 15 Jan 2017. Job Description: VOLUNTEER SEABIRD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (5-7) needed for spring/summer 2017 on Southeast Farallon Island, 30 miles west of San Francisco, California. Become part of the longest continuous study of seabird ecology in the Northern Hemisphere. Our studies examine upper trophic marine predators as bio-indicators of natural and anthropogenic variation in the marine ecosystem. RA duties include censusing and monitoring seabird and marine mammal populations, conducting demographic investigations on cormorants, gulls, and alcids, and conducting feeding ecology studies on alcids. RAs also contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the research station. RAs will work full-time, 7 days a week, with a variable schedule that includes long days and night work. Long term RAs will receive some break time off the island. Some field work requires rigorous physical activity including strenuous hiking and climbing. Qualifications: Applicants should enjoy working independently with a high level of responsibility in field work and data entry as well as working frequently with a partner or team. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in biology or related field and prior ecological research experience. Enthusiasm for intense field work in windy, cold conditions is essential. The ability to coexist on a small, isolated island with aggressive gulls and overworked humans is important. If the thought of going several days without updating your Instagram or Facebook page is shocking, then this is not the job for you. Positions are available 18 March through 9 September, 2017 with a minimum 8-week commitment. Compensation: We provide great food and island housing. Transportation to boat in San Francisco not provided. More information can be found at www.pointblue.org<http://www.pointblue.org> To Apply: Please send a cover letter explaining interests and dates of availability, resume, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 3 references to RUSS BRADLEY (EM: rbradley AT pointblue.org), Farallon Program Manager, Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO), 3820 Cypress Drive #11, Petaluma, CA, 94954. Email applications are preferred. Applications accepted until 15 January 2017 but applications will be evaluated starting at the beginning of the New Year so some positions may be filled before the deadline.
SENIOR PARK AIDE/ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES INTERN - SNOWY PLOVER AND LEAST TERN at California Department of Parks and Recreation. Location: Oceano, CA Duration: 7 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 4-5. Application Deadline: 19 Jan 2017. Job Description: Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area is currently recruiting for several Senior Park Aide/Environmental Services Intern (ESI) positions for the 2017 Western snowy plover and California least tern nesting season (March to September). General Duties include: • Conduct monitoring for two federally listed bird species, the threatened snowy plover and the endangered least tern, including monitoring adults, nests, chicks and broods • Fence, sign, and nest exclosure installation and maintenance • Collect scientific field notes, data entry, and technical report writing • Work with the public as a State Park representative and with an interdisciplinary team ESI Specific Duties Include: • Analyze and evaluate data • Report writing • Gain experience in the methods and ethics of professional conduct and practice • May perform more independent duties in areas of particular expertise Weekend, holiday, early morning (before dawn), and evening shifts will be required. You will receive full training and work with some of the best experts in the field! Qualifications: Applicants should have the following qualities: • Be flexible, open minded, and able to reason logically • Have interest and aptitude in the work • Be able to take direction and establish and maintain effective working relationships • Work well with the public as a State Park representative • Ability to work under adverse conditions such as in heavy wind and moving sand • Be able to cope with sitting for extended periods monitoring by spotting scope • Be able to lift up to 50 pounds • Ability to read and record color band data • Willingness to do routine work in order to learn • Have experience writing scientific field notes and reports • Ability to draw sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations • Have a clean Class C Driver license and be able to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle • Have knowledge of general concepts related to biological and environmental issues • BA/BS in biological sciences or related field required for qualification as an ESI • Birding experience preferred Compensation: $12.40/hour (Senior Park Aide) or $12.53/hour (ESI), with one week paid sick after a qualifying pay period (160 hours) and vacation time after six months of employment have been completed. Housing is not provided. To Apply: Please mail a Standard State Application (URL: http://jobs.ca.gov/pdf/std678.pdf) to: Mr. RONNIE GLICK, Senior Environmental Scientist Oceano Dunes District 340 James Way, Suite 270 Pismo Beach, CA 93449 For more information, contact Ronnie (PH: 805-773-7180, EM: ronnie.glick AT parks.ca.gov).
GRADUATE ASSISTANT (PHD IN EEB) at Boise State University. Website: https://biology.boisestate.edu/gcebirds/ Location: Boise, ID. Duration: 4 years. Job Type: Student. Application Deadline: 20 Dec 2016. Job Description: GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) - at Boise State University. A position is available for a motivated graduate student to study the phenology of migratory landbirds, using American kestrels as a model species, and the impacts of climate change. This project will include widespread sampling of kestrels across their North American range and the development of an individual-based model to test hypotheses about carry-over, genetic, and environmental effects on breeding and migration phenology. The student will work as part of a large team that consists of other students, technicians, faculty, and NGO scientists. This project will involve extensive travel and coordination with several partners. Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have quantitative skills, field experience working with birds, an enthusiasm for studying ecology, and enjoy being part of a team. Master’s degree, a background in individual-based models, and experience in remote-sensing is preferred but not necessary. Please address your qualification for each of these points in your cover letter and note any Spanish language skills. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2017. The Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD is a new graduate program at Boise State University. To learn more please visit: https://biology.boisestate.edu/graduate-programs/eeb/. Compensation: The student will be supported by an assistantship that provides a 12-month stipend (~$25,000) and a tuition/fees waiver. To Apply: send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to JULIE HEATH (EM: julieheath AT boisestate.edu). Please put “Kestrel PhD application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until 20 December 2016. If you do not have GRE scores by the deadline your application cannot be considered.
GRADUATE ASSISTANT (MS IN RAPTOR BIOLOGY) at Boise State University. Website: https://biology.boisestate.edu/gcebirds/ Location: Boise, ID. Duration: 3 years. Job Type: Student. Application Deadline: 20 Dec 2016. Job Description: GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (M.S. in Raptor Biology) - at Boise State University. A position is available for a motivated graduate student to study the consequences of breeding and migration phenology on American kestrel reproduction and survival. The student will work as part of a large team that consists of other students, technicians, faculty, and NGO scientists on a range-wide, year-round study on the ecology and phenology of kestrels. This project will involve extensive travel and coordination with several partners. Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a strong interest (preferably experience) in remote-sensing/GIS, quantitative analysis and R programming, and field work. Please address your qualification for each of these points in your cover letter and please note any Spanish language skills. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2017. The Raptor Biology Master’s Program at Boise State is a well-supported MS program and our alumni work in a variety of academic, agency, and non-profit settings. Compensation: The student will be eligible for a teaching assistantship that provides a 9-month stipend (~$12,390) and a tuition/fees waiver and summer salary ($3,000). To Apply: send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references, copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K.) and GRE scores and percentiles (not combined) to JULIE HEATH (EM: julieheath AT boisestate.edu). Please put “Raptor MS application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until 20 December 2016. If you have not yet taken the GRE your application cannot be considered.
PROJECT MANAGER at Boise State University. Website: https://biology.boisestate.edu/gcebirds/ Location: Boise, ID. Duration: 1 year with potential for renewal. Job Type: Permanent. Application Deadline: 20 Dec 2016. Job Description: PROJECT MANAGER - at Boise State University. We are looking for a project manager to help run our range-wide, full-year study of American kestrels. This project is a large collaboration between several University, NGO, and state and federal agencies. The project manager will be a point person to assist with managing the project and research activities; help write reports about research and outcomes; work to ensure that all permitting requirements and reporting is being met; coordinate sampling across North American, Mexico, and the Caribbean; help with data entry and management; and conduct field work. The project manager should be organized, professional, thoughtful, responsible, an independent worker, problem-solver, and someone who enjoys working as part of a team. Qualifications: Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred), some experience conducting field research, skills with databases and communication, and a positive attitude. Please address your qualifications and skills in your cover letter and please note any Spanish language skills. The position starts as early as February 2017. This is a multi-year project. Compensation: The position pays $38,000 and includes a full benefits package. To Apply: send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references to JULIE HEATH (EM: julieheath AT boisestate.edu). Please put “Kestrel Project Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until 20 December 2016.
AMERICAN KESTREL RESEARCH APPRENTICE at Brandywine Zoo. Website: http://www.BrandywineZoo.org Location: Wilmington, DE. Duration: 1 year. Job Type: Intern. Application Deadline: 1 Jan 2017. Job Description: The American kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon species. Since the 1960s, kestrels have seen a decline of 88% in their population. More research is necessary to determine the cause of decline in this small, insect-eating bird, but evidence suggests that pesticide accumulation, increased predation by more urban-adaptable raptors, as well as habitat loss may be primary factors. The Delaware Kestrel Partnership is working with multiple organizations, including The Brandywine Zoo, DE Fish and Wildlife, Delmarva Ornithological Society, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, and the Peregrine Fund's American Kestrel Partnership, a citizen science program, to focus on kestrel populations in the United States. The Brandywine Zoo is working as a facilitator for this program in the state of Delaware. Research apprentices will be responsible for the maintenance and monitoring of kestrel nest boxes across the state of Delaware, logging data and creating research parameters. The goals of this research at this point in time is identifying kestrel habitat as well as presence and absence, in order to collect baseline information for Delaware for future research. RESPONSIBILITIES • Maintenance of currently installed kestrel boxes in various state parks in DE (currently 48 installed around the state, with more to come). • Site location identification and installation of new kestrel boxes. • Outreach to potentia partners for kestrel sites or program support. Continuing relationship with Delaware Kestrel Partnership program partners. • Regular, weekly check-ups on kestrel boxes during nesting season (Feb/Mar-July/Aug). Starling nest abatement. • Logging data, data analysis, uploading data to, and communicating with, American Kestrel Partnership. • Creation of reports on kestrels in DE. • Installation of camera traps and analyzing camera trap photographs. • Recruitment of volunteers to assist in kestrel monitoring or data analysis. • Development of educational resources for the American kestrel. Forming partnerships with local schools for kestrel box monitoring. Delivery of kestrel programming to school groups. • Grant writing for continued support of Kestrel Program TERM: 1 year: Position runs winter 2017 through winter 2018 (flexible start time, upon arrangement). • Candidates must be responsible, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as in a team. HOURS 35 hours per week, this position may include regular hours on weekends. Qualifications: QUALIFICATIONS • Research techniques; research methodology • Bird of prey identification; Plant identification • American kestrel natural history knowledge • GPS/GIS applications; use of appropriate equipment including but not limited to GPS, GIS, motion-sensored cameras, etc. • Grant writing • Educational programming experience (teaching and writing); and data recording, analysis, and presentation. • The position is physically demanding at times, requiring outdoor work in a variety of temperatures and sometimes challenging conditions. Candidates must be able to climb a ladder. • Must have a valid driver’s license and at times provide own transportation to field sites. • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • At least 18 years old with valid driver’s license and reliable transportation • Provide proof of negative TB Test within the last 12 months before start date • Good physical condition: able to stand/walk for extended periods of time, kneel, crouch, and able to work in all weather conditions. • Be able to lift up to 25 pounds • Must be fluent in the English language (verbal and written communication) • Overall GPA must be 2.5 or higher • Good organizational skills • Able and willing to read and follow verbal and written work instructions and work independently • Willing to assist with administrative, customer relations, and housekeeping tasks and possibly animal care • Able to commit to upholding all Zoo safety and personnel policies, and support the overall mission • Able to professionally represent the Brandywine Zoo in all interactions with visitors, staff, and other members of the community • Complete a project of the intern’s own design, and approved by zoo staff, during the internship period Compensation: $100/week stipend, housing available on a first-come basis. Housing Housing may be available free of charge, upon request, depending upon vacancy Stipend Kestrel apprentices will receive $100/week stipend. Interns are not employees of the State of Delaware- they are considered volunteers and are not paid for their service. Qualified interns may be selected to receive a stipend to help cover expenses incurred during their volunteer intern service. The stipend is a fixed amount of $100 per week for service of 32 or more hours per week paid biweekly. Taxes: No taxes are withheld from the stipend. Interns selected to receive the stipend will complete IRS Form W-9 Request for Tax-Payer Identification as self-mployed and will receive a Form 1099 at the end of the year that reports the amount of income from the stipend. The stipend is not a wage, but does count toward the total income on which the intern’s tax obligation is based. Interns receiving less than $600 in a calendar year are not subject to receiving a Form 1099. TO APPLY: 1) Complete online intern application at https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=2130268842 2) Indicate Preference for American Kestrel Apprentice position 3) You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator of the Brandywine Zoo for screening and interviewing.
VOLUNTEERS - AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS at University of Groningen. Website: http://www.rug.nl/research/institute-evolutionary-life-sciences/ceg/ Location: Groningen, The Netherlands Duration: 2 months. Job Type: Volunteer. Number of Openings: 2. Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2017. Job Description: we are seeking two volunteers to help us collecting breeding and behavioural data on Pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) next spring 2017 (estimated start April 1st 2017-end of June 2017). Our current research focuses primarily on identifying how natural and sexual selection act on animal “behavioural syndromes” (or personality) and behavioural plasticity. The candidates will work closely with an international team consisting of one post-doc, one technician and several students. Duties include intensive behavioral observations (aggressiveness and boldness), mist netting (for a translocation experiment), nest monitoring, bird handling (ringing, measuring), data entry and data management Qualifications: Candidates should have a BSc in Biology or a related field in preferably have proven experience with bird handling and/or behavioural observations in the field. Candidates should be highly motivated, willing to work independently, well organized and have a valid drivers’ license. Field work will involve long hours and work in the week-end while still maintaining a positive attitude. Non-EU applicants should make sure that they eligible for extended stay in Europe Compensation: We will provide free housing in the lovely field site in Drenthe (~60 km south Groningen). To Apply: Applications will be accepted until February 2017 or until the position is filled and should include (1) a statement that highlights relevant experience, and (2) a short resume or CV and contact information for references (up to 2). Send applications to: MARION NICOLAUS (EMail: nicolaus.marion AT gmail.com); Conservation Ecology Group, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Science (GELIFES), University of Groningen, PO Box 11103, 9700 CC Groningen, The Netherlands
MAINE SUMMER SEABIRD RESEARCHERS at USFWS, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Website: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/mainecoastal/ Location: Coastal Maine. Duration: 11 weeks. Job Type: Intern. Number of Openings: 8. Application Deadline: 10 Feb 2017. Job Description: Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge needs several field researchers (island supervisors and technicians) to monitor seabird colonies on islands along the Maine coast. May 15 - July 28, 2017 (six positions), and May 24 - August 11, 2017 (two positions). Seabird species to be studied include: common, Arctic, and roseate terns, common eider, laughing gulls, black guillemot, Leach’s storm-petrel, Atlantic puffin, and razorbills. While living on the islands, researchers will: conduct an annual census of all nesting seabird species, monitor productivity, observe chick feedings, trap and band adult seabirds, band chicks, read adult bands, and monitor predators and competitors. Researchers will be living on the island for the entire 11-week period with the exception of one (2-3 day) break. Housing is provided in lighthouse keepers’ houses or cabins, with propane lights and refrigerators, limited solar electricity for computers, but no running water. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a US Citizen, have a Social Security Number, and a US Bank account for electronic payments. Qualifications: We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living with other researchers on remote islands with limited amenities. Applicants will work outdoors in variable weather conditions, and need to be able to hike over rugged, uneven terrain and lift and carry 50 pounds. Prior experience with bird identification and seabird ecology preferred, but not required; self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of field work (long hours) are a must. Compensation: Housing is provided; $290 to $385 per week (varies with level of supervision and experience) To Apply: Interested seabird researchers should email the following materials to (EM: michael_langlois AT fws.gov): cover letter, resume and contact information for three references (name, phone number and email address). Consideration of candidates will begin on January 15th and continue until all positions are filled. For more information, call Maine Coastal Islands NWR (PH: 207-594-0600 ext. 3) or check out our website (URL;http://www.fws.gov/northeast/mainecoastal/) and the island blog describing the experiences of previous island researchers (URL: http://mainecoastalislands.wordpress.com/).
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER SURVEY CONTRACT BIOLOGIST at The Institute for Bird Populations. Website: http://www.birdpop.org/docs/jobs/Biologists_Black-backed_Woodpecker_and_Multi-Species_Point_Counts.pdf Location: Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades, CA. Duration: 2.5 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 4. Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2016. Job Description: BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER SURVEY CONTRACT BIOLOGISTS needed early May - mid July 2017 to survey Black-backed Woodpeckers and conduct multi-species point counts in burned areas and beetle-killed forest stands located on National Forests throughout the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades, California. Crew members will be camping out most nights in front country camp sites or in the backcountry on the occasional backcountry trip. Qualifications: Prior fieldwork experience, ability to identify Western US songbirds by sight and sound, and experience conducting point counts is required. Some long hikes and occasional back country trips will be required to access survey sites. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, a desire to learn more about Black-backed Woodpecker natural history and fire ecology, and an appreciation for recently burned montane landscapes. Compensation: Selected candidates will be classified as seasonal IBP staff, and will receive $2,400 per month (before payroll taxes), project-related mileage reimbursement ($0.37/mile), and campground fee reimbursement, but no fringe benefits. To Apply: Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of two references to: BOB WILKERSON, The Institute for Bird Populations, at (EM: bwilkerson AT birdpop.org). Electronic submissions are preferred. If that is not possible, please email to obtain appropriate mailing address.
PIPING PLOVER INTERN at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Monomoy/ Location: Chatham, MA. Duration: 14 weeks. Job Type: Intern. Application Deadline: 13 Jan 2017. Job Description: Duties include but are not limited to: daily productivity monitoring of approximately ~45 pairs of piping plovers from egg laying to chick fledging: monitoring nesting activities in several least tern colonies: posting nesting areas: erecting predator exclosures and electric fencing: lethal and non-lethal predator management (avian and mammalian): data entry: and general maintenance. The selected intern may have the opportunity to be involved in other Refuge activities including: assistance with piping plover trapping and banding: monitoring productivity of common and roseate terns, and American oystercatchers: banding tern chicks: trapping and resighting adult terns: and tagging spawning horseshoe crabs. Responsibilities may vary due to the strengths of individuals. Intern is required to live in a remote field camp with no electricity or running water for up to one full week at a time. Internship is 14 weeks. Intern must be able to start between 17 April and 1 May (absolute latest start date). The position involves working long hours, nights, weekends, and holidays. Schedules may exceed 40 hours per week and will vary frequently in the length of day and start time. Days off may not be consecutive. Staff will live in one of two field camps on the island with other refuge staff for at least 5 days at a time. There is no heat, electricity, or running water in field camp. A background check will be required to gain necessary computer access at the Refuge. Qualifications: Applicants must have the ability to perform the physical duties of the position including being able to hike long distances (extensive beach walking, average of 40 miles per work week) and being able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds. Applicants must be able to work with minimal supervision, be very independent and easy-going, and be able to work with the public of all ages in a professional manner regarding sensitive conservation issues. Previous experience with piping plovers, field work in a field camp setting, data collection, bird identification, and an academic background in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental science or a related field are preferred. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, a social security number, and a bank account located in the United States. Compensation: Stipend will be $285 per week for 14 weeks through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). The position includes free housing. For approximately 12 weeks, interns will spend time alternating between two remote field camps on South Monomoy during the work week and will have free dormitory style housing at the Refuge headquarters in Chatham, MA on their days off. To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references (must include email and phone number for each reference listed) by email to: (EM: kate_iaquinto AT fws.gov). DO NOT send applications by mail. Closing Date: January 13, 2017, however hiring WILL BEGIN well before the closing date, so applying earlier is strongly recommended.
BIOLOGICAL INTERN - TERNS at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Website: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/monomoy/ Location: Chatham, MA. Duration: 14 Weeks. Job Type: Intern Number of Openings: 2-3. Application Deadline: 13 Jan 2017. Job Description: Internships are 14 weeks. Intern must be able to start between 1 May and 15 May (absolute latest start date). The position involves working long hours, nights, weekends, and holidays. Schedules may exceed 40 hours per week and will vary frequently in the length of day and start time. Days off may not be consecutive. Staff will live in field camp on the island with other refuge staff for at least 5 days at a time. There is no heat, electricity, or running water in field camp. A background check will be required to gain necessary computer access at the Refuge. Duties include but are not limited to: monitoring daily productivity from laying to fledging of common and roseate terns: conducting daily observational stints and weather observations: trapping and banding terns: lethal and non-lethal predator management (mammalian and avian): tagging horseshoe crabs: erecting piping plover predator exclosures: data entry: and general maintenance. Responsibilities may vary due to the strengths of individuals. Intern is required to live in a remote field camp with no electricity or running water for up to one full week at a time. Qualifications: Applicants must have the ability to perform the physical duties of the position including being able to hike long distances (extensive beach walking) and being able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds. Applicants must be able to work with minimal supervision, be very independent and easy-going, and be able to work with the public of all ages in a professional manner regarding sensitive conservation issues. Previous experience with beach nesting birds, field work in a field camp setting, data collection, bird identification, and an academic background in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental science or a related field are preferred. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, a social security number, and a bank account located in the United States. Compensation: Stipend will be $285 per week for 14 weeks through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). This position includes free housing. For approximately 12 weeks, interns will spend time alternating between two remote field camps on South Monomoy during the work week and will have free dormitory style housing at the Refuge headquarters in Chatham, MA on their days off. To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references (must include email and phone number for each reference listed) by email to: (EM: Kate_Iaquinto AT fws.gov). DO NOT send applications by mail. Closing Date: January 13, 2017, however, hiring WILL begin before the closing date, so applying earlier is strongly recommended.
NORTHERN GOSHAWK AND SPOTTED OWL TRACKING CREW LEADER
at The Institute for Bird Populations. Website: http://www.birdpop.org/docs/jobs/Crew%20Leader%20for%20Northern%20Goshawks%20and%20Spotted%20Owls%20in%20the%20Sierra%20Nevada.pdf Location: Sierra Nevada, CA. Duration: 2.5 months Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2017. Job Description: This position will involve supervising a team of 2+ volunteer technicians, and working closely with project partners and investigators. Early in the season, the Crew Leader will join a team of surveyors and a capture team tasked with capturing and fitting approximately twenty birds with tracking devices. Once equipment is deployed the Crew Leader will be responsible for establishing protocols and schedules for tracking marked birds and downloading data from remote devices. A number of marked birds will be tracked in areas receiving management treatments, and the Crew Leader will be responsible for coordinating pre- and post-treatment vegetation surveys on those and other sites. The Crew Leader will also be responsible for ensuring that tracking systems remain operational throughout the season. On a typical day, the crew will wake up before dawn, drive and/or hike 30min - 1.5 hrs, and spend the morning deploying automated tracking equipment, or downloading data from marked birds. Afternoons will be spent conducting vegetation assessments within bird territories, organizing data, and planning travels for subsequent days. Work will be moderately physically demanding involving off-trail hikes into data collection sites. The typical work schedule will be either 5 days on and 2 off, or 10 days consecutive work followed by 2-3 days off (early in the season and during trapping). Qualifications: We are seeking candidates with prior raptor and/or owl tracking and study experience, familiarity with radio telemetry and other geospatial technologies, and prior supervisory experience. Prior experience with raptor handling, territory/nest monitoring, and GIS software is also preferred. Other requirements include a tolerance for aggressive and carnivorous birds, and a robust understanding of raptor and owl natural history. Survey work will occur in the Sierra Nevada near the town of Quincy, and substantial vehicle travel will be required. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork, and the ability to keep your cool when engaging study subjects that can be more intelligent (and certainly more frustrating) than humans is important. Many sites are remote, and transit and equipment movement can be physically demanding. Portions of the season will include long work days that may begin well before dawn and/or late into the evening, wet and cold weather, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes and biting flies, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. Successful candidates must be in excellent physical condition and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering (training provided). Compensation: The Crew Leader will be considered an IBP seasonal staff member, and will receive payment of $2,400 per month (before payroll taxes) and project-related travel mileage reimbursement ($0.37/mile), but no fringe benefits. Free shared housing will be provided. To Apply: MORE INFORMATION: For more information about this IBP program, please contact DYLAN KESLER (EM: keslerd AT mac.com). TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to MANDY HOLMGREN, Biologist (EM: mholmgren AT birdpop.org).
BACKCOUNTRY POINT COUNT FIELD TECHNICIANS
at The Institute for Bird Populations. Website: http://www.birdpop.org/docs/jobs/Back-country_Point_Counts_in_Sierra_Nevada_National_Parks.pdf Location: Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, CA. Duration: 3 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 3. Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2017. Job Description: The field season will begin with an intensive 3 week training session in visual and acoustic bird identification skills, point count techniques, tree and plant identification, backcountry orienteering and safety, and wilderness camping skills. These skills will be honed further throughout the field season. Field technicians will acquire substantial expertise in western bird identification, general natural history, and backcountry living, while exploring one or more of the beautiful, rugged national parks in the Sierra Nevada. Working in teams of two, field technicians will hike into the backcountry for up to seven days at a time. On a typical day, they will wake up before dawn and spend the morning conducting point counts and brief vegetation surveys at each point count site. The afternoon will then be spent breaking camp, hiking to the beginning of the next day's point count transect, and setting up camp once again. Work will be extremely physically demanding, sometimes involving hiking 15 miles or more per day with a heavy pack, and requiring substantial off-trail travel. A 3-day break will usually follow each backcountry session. Some computer data entry will also be required. Qualifications: We are looking for candidates with prior birding experience and familiarity with (or ability to quickly learn) the songs and calls of western montane birds. Even more important than prior birding experience, however, is a strong desire to learn more about western montane birds and natural history, and a willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor. These rigors include (but are not limited to!) physically demanding work, long work days that may begin well before dawn, wet, cold weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and less-than-glamorous housing. Successful candidates must be in excellent physical condition and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering with map and compass (training provided). Field technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars and backpacking gear, including hiking boots, tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc. A personal automobile is a plus, but is not strictly required. Compensation: These backcountry point count positions in the national parks are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important bird conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in a fantastically beautiful environment. Additionally, we will provide a per diem of $39 (amounts to $975 per month) to help with food and general living expenses, mileage reimbursement for all project-related travel, and free shared housing. To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to MANDY HOLMGREN, Biologist (EM: mholmgren AT birdpop.org).
WILLOW FLYCATCHER SURVEY TECHNICIAN at The Institute for Bird Populations. Website: http://www.birdpop.org/docs/jobs/Willow_Flycatcher_Sierras.pdf Location: Central and Northern Sierra Nevada, CA. Duration: 2.5 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 4. Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2017. Job Description: Primary duties will involve conducting targeted surveys for Willow Flycatchers at meadows both with and without automated broadcasting equipment and monitoring the reproductive status at active territories. Crew members will also be responsible for setting up and maintaining broadcast units at approximately 5-8 meadows. Some additional time will be spent documenting meadow conditions and recording locations of beaver dams and lodges. An average day will include a 30 min - 1 hour drive/hike during pre-dawn hours to access survey areas. Surveys are conducted 1 hour before sunrise until 10am, then follow-up documentation of willow flycatcher territories and nesting status, checking automated equipment, and recording habitat condition will occur until approximately 1 or 2pm. Data entry will be required on some days; a computer will be provided. Work will be moderately physically demanding involving off-trail hikes into survey sites and working in wet, marshy conditions. Qualifications: Experience with bird surveys and monitoring is not required but will be highly favored. Some experience nest searching/monitoring, a familiarity with Sierra Nevada bird songs, and previous ecological fieldwork in rugged environments is preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, a desire to learn more about Willow Flycatcher natural history and an appreciation for meadow and wetland landscapes. Survey work will be distributed across the northern and central Sierra Nevada, requiring substantial car travel and willingness to lead a somewhat nomadic life for a few months. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, long work days that may begin well before dawn, wet and cold weather, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes and biting flies, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. Although housing will be provided in a central location, weekly travel to other study sites may require frequent camping. Successful candidates must be in good physical condition and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering (training provided). A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. Field technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars, rubber boots and camping gear, including hiking boots, tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc. Compensation: These are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in the mountains. We will provide shared housing, a per diem of $39 (amounts to $975 per month) to help with food and general living expenses, and mileage reimbursement for all project-related travel. To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to MANDY HOLMGREN, Biologist (EM: mholmgren AT birdpop.org).
NORTHERN GOSHAWK AND SPOTTED OWL TRACKING FIELD TECHNICIAN at The Institute for Bird Populations. Website: http://www.birdpop.org/docs/jobs/Volunteer%20for%20Northern%20Goshawks%20and%20Spotted%20Owls%20in%20the%20Sierra%20Nevada.pdf Location: Sierra Nevada, CA. Duration: 2.5 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 3. Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2017. Job Description: The successful applicant will join a team of surveyors and a capture team tasked with capturing and fitting approximately twenty birds with GPSUHF tracking devices early in the season. Once equipment is deployed, a Crew Leader and three volunteer technicians will be responsible for tracking marked birds and downloading data from remote devices. A number of marked birds will be tracked in areas receiving management treatments, and the team will conduct pre- and post-treatment vegetation surveys on those and other sites. The crew also will be responsible for monitoring the safety of marked birds and for ensuring that tracking systems remain operational. On a typical day, the crew will wake up before dawn, drive and/or hike 30min - 1.5 hrs, and spend the morning deploying automated tracking equipment, or downloading data from marked birds. Afternoons will be spent conducting vegetation assessments within bird territories, organizing data, and planning travels for subsequent days. Work will be moderately physically demanding involving off-trail hikes into data collection sites. The typical work schedule will be either 5 days on and 2 off, or 10 days consecutive work followed by 2-3 days off (early in the season and during trapping). Qualifications: We are seeking candidates with prior raptor and/or owl tracking and study experience, and familiarity with radio telemetry and other geospatial technologies. Prior experience with raptor handling, territory/nest monitoring, and GIS software are also preferred. Other requirements include a tolerance for aggressive and carnivorous birds, and a robust understanding of raptor and owl natural history. Survey work will occur in the Sierra Nevada near the town of Quincy, and substantial vehicle travel will be required. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork, and the ability to keep your cool when engaging study subjects that can be more intelligent (and certainly more frustrating) than humans is important. Many sites are remote, and transit and equipment movement can be physically demanding. Portions of the season will include long work days that may begin well before dawn and/or late into the evening, wet and cold weather, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes and biting flies, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. Successful candidates must be in excellent physical condition and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering (training provided). Volunteer technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars, sense of humor, enthusiasm, boots, raingear, etc. A personal automobile is preferred and project-related mileage will be reimbursed. Compensation: These Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl technician positions are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important bird conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in a fantastically beautiful environment. Additionally, we will provide a per diem of $39 (amounts to $975 per month) to help with food and general living expenses, mileage reimbursement for all project-related travel, and free shared housing. To Apply: MORE INFORMATION: For more information about this IBP program, please contact Dylan Kesler, at keslerd at mac dot com. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to MANDY HOLMGREN, Biologist (EM: mholmgren AT birdpop.org).
FIELD TECHNICIAN - TYNDALL at Audubon Florida. Website: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3015/field-technician/job?mode=view&mobile=false&width=733&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-360&jun1offset=-300 Location: Panama City, FL. Duration: Open. Job Type: Permanent. Application Deadline: 11 Dec 2016. Job Description: Position Summary: Audubon Florida seeks a Field Technician to support beach-nesting, bird conservation work throughout the Western Florida Panhandle. The Technician will work remotely in Panama City, FL and travel to complete the majority of work in and around the beaches of Tyndall Air Force Base. From February to August (“breeding season”), the Field Technician will be responsible for performing bird monitoring and protection work under Audubon’s Panhandle Florida Beach-nesting Bird Contract. This project performs a spectrum of independent beach-nesting bird conservation tasks in Bay and Gulf County, Florida. Breeding season responsibilities include the following, in addition to other as-needed duties: - Posting symbolic fencing around beach-nesting bird sites and maintaining said posting; - Monitoring nest sites weekly for evidence of disturbance or predation; - Performing weekly bird surveys as directed; and - Helping protect sites from disturbance through stewardship activities, to include: assisting in recruitment of volunteers and partnering with volunteers to chaperone beach-nesting bird colonies during busy warm-weather weekends, educating beachgoers about these species and encouraging compliance with posted areas, and engaging in outreach to user groups through presentations at organizational meetings. From September through January (“non-breeding season”), s/he will be responsible for completing winter coastal bird surveys in Gulf through Escambia County, Florida; assisting with volunteer recruitment and management, training and appreciation; carrying out equipment maintenance; and helping to conduct outreach to key user groups impacting coastal birds in the Florida Panhandle. This is a full-time, grant-funded opportunity through December 31, 2020. Essential Functions: By closely collaborating with the Stewardship Program Coordinator and Panhandle Program Manager, s/he will ensure all sites are: - Effectively surveyed during the state-prescribed beach-nesting bird survey windows; - Posted by required deadlines; - Monitored weekly, and stewarded to the terms of Audubon’s contract. Additional responsibilities include: - Collecting accurate data as assigned, and submitting associated activity logs on a scheduled timeline. - Contributing to technical report writing and submitting content for program-related publications in a variety of media. - Overseeing the maintenance needs of assigned program vehicles, trailers, boats and ATV/UTVs. - Mentoring and advising volunteers in monitoring, surveying and stewardship activities. - Educating and engaging the public around coastal bird conservation through outreach at beach sites and through presentations to key constituencies. Qualifications and Experience: - Bachelor's degree in related field and 2-3 years' demonstrated expertise in shorebird and seabird identification and performing surveys a must. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered. - Demonstrated success with accurate recording of data and data entry using MS Excel and Access - Strong communication and problem solving skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and maintain accountability for work products. - Excellent judgment and decision-making skills, one who possesses a high degree of integrity in all deliverables. - Experience working with external partners and volunteers, as well as operating and maintaining equipment including boats, ATV/UTVs, trucks and trailers. - Demonstrated experience with performing field work in challenging coastal conditions. - Familiarity with coastal conservation lands of the Florida Panhandle a plus. - Must be able to work long days, weekends, and holidays as needed, in Florida summer field conditions. - Interest in conservation and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society a must. Compensation: DOE, includes benefits To Apply: Apply online only.
BIRD BANDERS (2) AND ASSISTANT (1) - SPRING 2017 at University of Delaware. Location: Eastern Maryland, US. Duration: 2 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 28 Feb 2017. Job Description: EXPERIENCED BIRD BANDERS (2) and bird-banding assistant (1) needed to band migratory songbirds at three stations in Eastern Maryland. Each bander will manage the mist-netting effort, including species identification and aging, bird handling/banding, data entry and potentially moth sampling. The assistant will help in one of the banding stations, but in some days may also be required to assist collecting radar data during the night. Assisting the bird-banding station will not be required during mornings following night shifts. The field season is scheduled to run from 1 April – 31 May 2017. Qualifications: Experience banding, ageing and sexing of Nearctic-Neotropical landbird migrants is required for these positions. Banders need to prove experience managing a banding station. Banding experience is preferred for the assistant. Other banders and volunteers will assist at times, and education groups will be present for some of the activities. Therefore, the banders need to be comfortable demonstrating the banding process and interacting with/mentoring assistants and volunteers. We are looking for individuals who are enthusiastic, organized, patient and willing to work hard to collect data on birds and insects. Compensation: Pay is $1750/month. Lodging and some meals may be provided. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of at least three references to SERGIO CABRERA (EM: scabrera AT udel.edu). Please put “Job Application” in the subject of the email.
ESA WILDLIFE SURVEY TECHNICIAN at Yurok Tribe. Website: http://www.yuroktribe.org/ Location: Weitchpec, CA. Duration: 6 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 30 Dec 2016. Job Description: This position assists the Tribe’s Wildlife Program personnel in the field of wildlife biology, performing endangered species surveys (primarily northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet, but possibly others) associated with proposed timber harvest and other forest-management activities. This is essentially a field position, with associated data entry and other office tasks. The position requires work during various times of the day and night but will require substantial investment in nighttime survey work and likely will require overnight shifts and weekend work. Survey sites are scattered throughout the lower Klamath River watershed on tribal lands on and near the Yurok Indian Reservation. Qualifications: DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Skill in written and oral expression. 2. One year of experience entering, analyzing, and presenting data requiring a minimum of review and editing. 3. Ability to organize and implement sound plans, procedures, and schedules. 4. Outdoor experience and skills including map and compass navigation. 5. Rescue Training, CPR certification, and/or First Aid Certification. 6. Familiarity with relational databases (e.g., Microsoft Access and ArcGIS programs). 7. Familiarity with Yurok Tribe natural resource priorities from a biological and/or cultural perspective. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. 2. Ability to work safely and comfortably alone at night in a remote backcountry setting. 3. Ability to operate a 4WD truck and an ATV on rough terrain, including loading and unloading the latter onto and off the former. 4. Ability to hike in steep terrain with dense vegetation including poison-oak. 5. Ability to navigate to survey points in the dark by truck or ATV or on foot. 6. Ability to detect target species and distinguish them from all others potentially present; basic familiarity with wildlife and vegetation of Del Norte and Humboldt counties. 7. Ability to assess habitat suitability for and recognize signs of target species. 8. Ability to keep accurate, detailed, legible field records and enter data using standard Microsoft Office software. 9. Ability to remain focused for long periods, often under uncomfortable conditions. 10. Ability to follow instructions and protocols and make sound, independent decisions. 11. Ability to become certified to conduct Marbled Murrelet surveys (requires at least normal hearing and vision). 12. Ability to keep live mice fed, watered, and properly sheltered from severe heat and cold for use in baiting owls. 13. Ability to work on an extremely flexible schedule, shifting back and forth between pre-dawn, daytime, and evening work. 14. Ability to engage with Tribe members and represent the Tribe in a professional manner. 15. Licensed, with the ability to drive legally and insurable with the Yurok Tribe’s auto insurance. 16. Familiarity with basic Microsoft Word and Excel functions. Compensation: $16-18/hour, DOE, plus insurance and leave. Free trailer/campground lodging. To Apply: The job description and application form can be found at http://www.yuroktribe.org/departments/personnel/announcements.htm; a cover letter and CV or résumé are optional but encouraged. Questions related to the hiring process or Yurok Tribe employment in general should be directed to OSCAR GENSAW (PH: 707-482-1350 x 1376 or EM: ogensaw AT yuroktribe.nsn.us); questions about specifics of this position should be directed to KENT BARNES (PH: 707-482-1822 x 1025). Interviews will be conducted on January 13.
FARALLON BIOLOGIST at Point Blue Conservation Science. Website: http://www.pointblue.org/ Location: Petaluma, CA and SE Farallon Island. Duration: open. Job Type: Permanent. Application Deadline: 15 Jan 2017. Job Description: Job Announcement: Farallon Program Biologist Job Summary Point Blue Conservation Science of Petaluma, CA is seeking applications for a full-time staff biologist in our Farallon Islands Program. The Farallon Biologist will spend a minimum of 18 weeks per year in three 6 week shifts living and working with a small group of volunteers and biologists on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. They will oversee a small field crew and be responsible for all island operations. The great majority of this time, if not all of it, will be during the spring/summer seabird breeding season. On island accommodations are in restored lighthouse keeper’s housing, with a fully equipped modern field station to accommodate year-round occupation by biologists. When not in the field, the biologist’s time is dedicated to managing, analyzing, and interpreting data collected in the field, as well as preparing reports and publications. Additionally, the Farallon Biologist will lead, and help fundraise for, new science based on Farallon datasets to help meet the organization’s strategic goals. Non field time would be based out of Point Blue’s Petaluma office. Mainland accommodations are not provided. This position requires a minimum 3 year commitment. Under co-operative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Point Blue has conducted continuous research and stewardship of the unique natural resources of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge since 1968. The Farallon Islands are 30 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and just a few miles from the continental shelf in the rich coastal upwelling region of Central California. The islands host globally significant breeding seabird populations (over 350,000 individuals of 13 species), are a major haul out and breeding site for 5 species of pinnipeds, and a key feeding site for White Sharks. The islands also host a variety of migrant landbirds, an endemic salamander population, and unique plant and insect communities. Most research on the Farallones involves multi-decadal and continuous time series. Point Blue Point Blue is an independent, scientific research non-profit whose mission is to conserve birds, other wildlife, and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. We have been assessing changes in our environment and advancing conservation through bird and ecosystem studies since our founding as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965. Our over 150 scientists work to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, and other environmental threats while promoting nature-based solutions for wildlife and people, on land and at sea. As leaders and innovators in conservation science, Point Blue has the vision, the scientific rigor, the passion, and the people to guide and inspire positive conservation outcomes today for a healthy, blue planet teeming with life in the future. Strategic Goal Point Blue’s overarching strategic goal is to implement and test climate-smart conservation from the Sierra to the sea, and disseminate our approach and findings globally. We define climate-smart conservation as those strategies and actions that specifically address climate change and related environmental threats as they promote nature-based solutions that benefit wildlife and people. Climate-smart conservation enhances ecosystem services, improves the ability of nature and humans to adjust to change, reduces greenhouse gas emissions whenever possible, and sustains vibrant, diverse ecosystems. Conserve Ocean Food Webs Initiative The Farallon Program is part of Point Blue’s Conserve Ocean Food Webs Initiative. This initiative focuses on identifying, prioritizing and guiding protection of ocean food webs to give marine wildlife and fisheries more opportunities to adapt to future change and promote their long-term sustainability. Point Blue scientists collaborate with public agencies, other NGOs, universities and other partners to conduct regular assessments of ocean ecosystem health, develop and assess new approaches to management, prioritize and advance stronger protections as needed, and find opportunities to reduce conflict between wildlife needs and human uses of the marine environment. Essential Duties Essential responsibilities include but may not be limited to the following activities: • Oversee field operations during the seabird breeding season focusing primarily on continuing collection of seabird population, reproductive success, diet, tracking and phenology data, and maintaining our long-term data sets. In addition to seabird studies, the biologist will oversee surveys of pinnipeds, cetaceans, salamanders, crickets and migratory birds. • Conduct and oversee field data collection following established methods including data entry and proofing. • Conduct landing operations using a small (~15’) boat in open water to transfer people and gear safely from the supply boat to the island. • Train, mentor and supervise field crews of 3-7 long term volunteer research assistants. • Maintain and repair all island facilities including small boats and outboard engines; photovoltaic power system; diesel generators; cranes and hoists; motors, pumps, water collection/filtration/purification equipment, housing facilities and anything else that can and will break. • Analyze and interpret data collected in the field to determine trends and/or answer specific research or management questions. • Write monthly and seasonal technical reports, conduct analysis and collaborate on publication of scientific papers, and present results at appropriate academic, public, and partner meetings. • Represent Point Blue at relevant meetings and conferences. • Develop fundraising proposals and help lead new scientific efforts to meet Point Blues’ strategic goals. • Lead collaborative science efforts connecting Farallones work to broader efforts internationally. • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing and establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with volunteers, staff, and partners, including the USFWS, Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, other state and federal agencies, local universities, and other NGOs to advance climate-smart conservation and management of marine resources. • Fulfill other tasks as needed to help Point Blue meet its goals. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in ecology, biology, zoology, ornithology or a closely related field and one or more years of experience conducting research and supervising crews in a remote field camp environment. Preference will be given to applicants with advanced degrees (MS or PhD), and a proven track record of supervisory field experience, fundraising, and grant writing. • Significant small boat handling experience (preferably in an offshore environment), and strong mechanical aptitude, including basic familiarity with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, outboard engine maintenance, computer, and construction skills. • Ability to live and work in a remote setting with a small crew under potentially difficult conditions for an extended field season, including the ability to respond to emergency or unexpected situations effectively and calmly. • Ability to read, understand, interpret, and utilize maps, administrative and technical reports and data, ordinances, codes, regulations, and other materials relevant to conducting scientific studies and island operations. • Experience with data analysis, scientific writing, and publication. • Ability to utilize personal computers and tablets for data entry, manipulation, and summary, including proficiency with statistical software. • Experience with netting, capturing, handling, banding and performing morphological measurements on birds or other organisms. • Possession of, or ability and willingness to obtain, an appropriate, valid Class C driver's license as well as all relevant certificates, permits, or licenses to conduct the required activities. These include wilderness first aid, CPR, motor boat operator’s certification, crane operator’s certification, hazardous communications training, banding and scientific collection permits. Compensation: Compensation will be competitive and dependent on experience. This full time position would receive a generous benefits package including medical and dental coverage, and 401k match, and accrued vacation and comp time for extended shifts on the Farallones. To Apply: Preferred Start Date March 15, 2017. Application: Send a cover letter, CV, and list of 3-5 references to the Farallon Biologist Hiring Committee: (EM: marinedirector AT pointblue.org) by January 15th, 2017. Please include references for all supervisory field positions you have held. If applicable, attach PDF’s of your publications and/or reports you feel are relevant to your application. Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.