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  2. Spend your summer working in northern Minnesota – a region that supports some of the richest breeding bird diversity in North America! Field assistants (7) are needed from April/May to July/August 2019 to assist with multiple avian research projects in northern Minnesota. Description: A typical day for POINT COUNTERS (3) will consist of rising very early in the morning, safely driving to survey area, navigating to survey points to arrive 30 minutes before sunrise, completing nine to fifteen ten-minute unlimited distance point counts in a four-hour period, and data entry. Point count locations are scattered throughout the Superior and Chippewa National Forests and thus no permanent camp is possible; motels and camping are both used throughout the season as the crew travels throughout this region. Technicians will work every morning suitable for point counts (i.e. will have rain/wind mornings off). Point counters will ideally work with NEST SEARCHERS before and after the point count season. Point count training sessions will occur in late May. A typical day for NEST SEARCHERS (4) will consist of rising very early in the morning, safely carpooling to study areas, navigating to a plot, finding and following male and female birds to search for nests using behavioral cues, monitoring previously found nests, assisting with banding and placing transmitters on fledglings, tracking birds via radio telemetry, and data entry. Focal species are Boreal Chickadee, Connecticut Warbler, American Woodcock, Veery, and Golden-winged Warbler. Nest searching locations will be based out of Floodwood, Minnesota. Technicians will work six days/week. Salary is ~$2000/month. Housing and work vehicle provided. Technicians are expected to provide binoculars, rubber knee boots, and rain gear. A personal vehicle is not required, but will be useful for days off and after-hours transportation. If interested in applying for one of these positions, provide (in a single PDF) a cover letter that includes relevant experience, resume, and three references to Dr. Alexis Grinde at agrinde AT d.umn.edu. Please include your last name and “Songbird Field Tech” in the subject line. Also note if you have a preference for a point counter or nest searcher position. Application deadline is February 15, 2019. Applications will be considered as they are received. Qualifications: These positions require a high level of physical fitness and a good sense of humor. Successful applicants will have the ability to identify over 100 species of eastern North American birds by sight and sound; this includes being able to pass a bird song identification exam with 85% proficiency and pass a hearing exam prior to the season. Experience with point counts, nest searching, and radio telemetry is preferred, as is a working knowledge of the ecology of northern Minnesota’s breeding birds. Successful applicants will be comfortable working and navigating independently off-road (i.e. bushwhacking) and be able to withstand wet, cold, and occasionally hot conditions with constant exposure to extreme numbers of biting insects. A valid U.S. driver’s license is required. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work in the United States. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment. The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
  3. Start Date: April 29, 2019 End Date: July 2019 Job Description: We are seeking 2 field technicians to work on a Master’s project investigating the behavior, habitat use, and prey availability of whip-poor-wills in Illinois. Technicians will be tasked with assisting in capturing, banding, and radio tagging whip-poor-wills, VHF tracking of birds, nest searching, nocturnal aural surveys, moth collection, and vegetation surveys. Housing in central Illinois and field vehicles will be provided. Work will begin April 29th (some flexibility) and extend into July. Rate of pay is $9.50 to $10.50 per hour DOE. Qualifications: Completed or pursuing a degree in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology or a related field. Past experience with avian field work. Willingness to work primarily at night (sometimes alone) and spend significant time driving to field sites. Applicants should be detail-oriented in collecting data, hardworking, have good interpersonal skills and be resilient to the challenges of field work. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Additionally, previous experience with affixing radio tags to small birds, radio telemetry, and insect sampling is desired. Please send an application (cover letter, cv/resume, and contact information of three references) via email in a single PDF file to Ian Souza-Cole (ians3@illinois.edu).
  4. Field Assistants needed early/mid-May to early August for an ongoing study of the mating system of the White-throated sparrow. Research will be conducted at the Cranberry Lake Biological Station in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Field assistants will aid in mist-netting, banding, sampling blood for parentage, behavioral observations, GPS/GIS, and assisting graduate student research projects. Previous experience is desirable but not necessary; the only prerequisites are patience and persistence as well as being physically fit and capable of living in a remote biological station. Stipend includes room and board at the Field Station. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. Interested in the position? Send Cover letter/CV/resume and names, phone numbers and email addresses of at least 3 references to: Zoé Delefortrie PhD student in Biology Indiana State University zdelefortrie@sycamores.indstate.edu
  5. AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS (6-8 positions) needed mid-April – early July 2019 to monitor forest and shrubland birds on public and private lands in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Surveys will consist of all-species bird point counts and walking transects. Qualified candidates will possess the basic skills necessary for identifying native birds by sight and sound. Although Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush are the primary focus of our surveys, technicians must be able to identify all birds encountered during passerine surveys. Technicians will also conduct vegetation surveys, enter data into a computer daily, and perform other field related activities as needed. Housing with 1-4 other technicians, field vehicles, and fuel will be provided. Strong applicants will have a passion for spending early mornings (and potentially some late evenings) in the field, be physically fit and capable of working in a rugged forested setting (with insects, snakes, poison ivy, etc.). Although technicians work in teams, avian surveys are conducted alone, and technicians must be prepared to occasionally walk up to >1 km to survey locations. The ability to communicate with private land owners and public land managers, navigate using a GPS, and work well in teams is also important, though basic training can be provided. Individuals seeking a challenging yet rewarding field position are encouraged to apply via the information below. Please send in a single pdf document: 1) Brief letter of interest 2) Contact information for two references 3) Resume to Cameron Fiss: cafiss@syr.edu
  6. Job Description: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is seeking to hire 3 TIDAL MARSH BIRD BANDING AND NEST SEARCHING TECHNICIANS (mid-May to mid-August) to assist a graduate student studying the breeding ecology of endemic tidal marsh birds, focusing on Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows in New York. Responsibilities will include: regular mist-netting (systematic and targeting nests), banding and bleeding (and PIT-tag application) of adults and nestlings, daily nest searching/monitoring, vegetation sampling, camera trap application, and daily data entry/proofing. Data retrieved will be part of a large-scale project called SHARP (see www.tidalmarshbirds.org), investigating the status and distribution of tidal marsh bird species on the North Atlantic coast. Technician will work cooperatively as part of a small team, and be supervised by a graduate student. Free housing in New York City, a competitive stipend of $560/week and work vehicles will be provided along with the opportunity to enjoy seldom seen wild places and explore NYC on your free time. Qualifications: Candidates must have at least 6 months field research experience and 2 months experience handling and extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, and taking morphological measurements. Experience taking brachial blood samples is a bonus. Applicants should enjoy the challenging task of nest searching/monitoring. Qualified candidates must have meticulous data collection skills, good inter-personal skills, and the ability to work independently. Applicants must possess a valid driver's license and be willing to occasionally drive a work vehicle in city traffic. Candidates should expect long work days (beginning pre-dawn) 6 days a week in challenging field conditions (wet and muddy, high heat/humidity and biting insects) and daily data entry/proofing. Please send in PDF or Word format: 1) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant experience, approximate number of birds extracted and banded, dates of availability, and the reason you are interested in this position; 2) a resume/CV (including current educational status and GPA); and 3) contact information (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for 3 references that can attest to your experience and suitability to this position to Alex Cook, at suny.sharp@gmail.com, with TIDAL MARSH BIRD TECHNICIAN in the subject line, by 06 February 2019. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled. Salary: Housing and $560/week stipend Last Date to apply: 06 February 2019 Contact: Alex Cook E-mail: suny.sharp@gmail.com (Preferred)
  7. The Houston Zoo is offering opportunities to participate in unpaid internships in our Bird Department! Join us in our conservation mission to save animals in the wild. Students will shadow and assist Zoo staff in the care of one of the largest zoological collections of birds the United States. The Houston Zoo is home to over 165 species of birds, with more than 800 individual animals. This includes flamingos, kookaburra, macaws, hornbills, and other endangered species. From learning about exhibit maintenance to enrichment of the animals, this position will give real world experience in the field of zoo keeping. In addition to learning each routine’s duties, interns will gain knowledge of anatomy, behavior, and the conservation status of each species. Candidates for this position should be self-motivated, dependable, positive, and show an interest in pursuing a career in animal care management or conservation of birds. The internship is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn the following: Diet preparation and feeding Proper nutrition and care for a variety of bird species Maintaining of animal exhibits and holding areas (perching, trimming, propping, etc.) according to AZA regulations Observing and recording animal conditions, social behaviors, and responses Observing vet care and treatments Designing and constructing of enrichment and evaluations Positive and educational interaction with Zoo guests PHYSICAL EFFORT AND ENVIRONMENT: This position involves a lot of walking and lifting. Time outdoors can be expected, in all different weather conditions including heat, humidity, rain, cold, or dust. It may also involve considerable physical exertion such as climbing, reaching, assuming awkward positions, repetitive motions, and lifting and/or moving of heavy objects (up to 25 pounds) on a regular basis. Due to the nature of this environment, interns will have some public contact requiring considerable communication skills. Interns can expect to present keeper chats for the public towards the end of the internship. REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS: Ability to multi-task and excel in a fast-paced environment Ability to work independently while being an important part of a team Exhibit strong professionalism and communication skills Possess a desire to gain experience and knowledge working with birds Some knowledge of husbandry is preferred, but not required Interns are required to complete approximately 350 hours at a commitment of 27 hours/week. This can be accomplished in three, 9 hour shifts per week, for 13 weeks. Applicants must be able to work any day of the week, including weekends. Shift times are 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Candidates do not need previous husbandry experience but working at other animal facilities is a plus Coursework in biology or zoology-related field is preferred but not required Compose and present an educational presentation at the end of internship Internship is unpaid. To apply, please visit our website at https://www.houstonzoo.org/make-memories/adults/internships/ and submit an application online by March 1. Summer internships will be completed between May and August. Internships are open to those 18 and older who are currently enrolled in college or are within one year of post-education graduation at application due date. For additional requirements, visit our website.
  8. Founded in 2002, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is a private, non-profit cloudforest reserve in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica. Beginning with the purchase of degraded farmland, Cloudbridge has been actively reforesting the area in order to connect the forests of the Cerro Chirripó National Park with adjacent nature reserves and forested areas. Beyond reforestation work, Cloudbridge is also committed to environmental education and conducting research on the unique and diverse cloudforest ecosystem. Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is looking for research interns to conduct bird point count and walking surveys for our ongoing bird monitoring study to start in February 2019. Positions last a minimum of 11 weeks. A stipend of $2 USD/day is provided to help cover accommodation costs. Training and guidance will be provided. Interns stay in one of our dormitories and share kitchen and living spaces with our other interns and volunteers. Dorms rooms cost $17 USD/night. Some private rooms with queen beds may be available (subject to current occupancy) for an additional fee. Food costs and cooking are the responsibility of the intern. A basic vegetarian diet typically costs around $4-6 USD per day. Duties and Responsibilities · Learn how to accurately ID, by sight, the 300 species of birds found in the reserve and pass a bird identification test within the first 2-3 weeks of arrival (study materials provided prior to arrival and onsite training provided), · Conduct point count and walking surveys in accordance with Cloudbridge’s Bird Survey Protocol under the direction of the Reserve Manager and Scientific Coordinator, · Enter survey data into the bird survey database, · Summarize collected data into a data report (report template and training provided) and give a presentation on the results, · Greet visitors at the Welcome Centre (rota shared between all volunteers and interns), · Perform required cleaning duties in shared living areas, and, · Participate in reserve activities and community events. Qualifications · Keen interest in birds and birding; preference given to those with previous field identification experience (recreational experience accepted). · Schooling in ornithology, biology, wildlife or related studies; relevant work experience; and/or recreational birding experience. · Physically fit and able to hike 5-8 hours a day, 5 days a week in steep, high-altitude terrain. · Experience with Microsoft Excel an asset. · First aid training an asset. · Good English communication skills; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate in Spanish an asset. · Must be able to commit to 11 weeks. · Minimum 18 years of age. · Able to pay for your accommodation for the duration of your stay ($17 US/night). · Able to pay the $200 USD good faith fee upon acceptance. This fee is credited towards the last two weeks of your accommodation fees. Skills/Abilities · Ability to work in a small team. · Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop and maintain good relationships with others in a communal living environment. · Excellent attention to detail and adherence to survey protocols. · Ability to adhere to a survey schedule. · Ability to persevere and maintain quality work in difficult environmental and physically demanding conditions. · Demonstrate good judgement and common sense in a wilderness environment. Locations/Working Conditions · Position is located in the montane cloudforest of the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica, adjacent to Cerro Chirripó National Park. · Survey trails are steep and at times difficult and narrow. · Altitudes range between 1550 m (5085 ft) and 2200 m (7220 ft). · Work hours typically between 4:30 am and 12:30 pm, 5 days a week; some variation depending on survey route and survey type. · Required to work outdoors under varying weather conditions. Physical Requirements · Able and willing to hike 5-8 hours per day, 5 days a week, in steep and difficult terrain. · Able to work outdoors under varying weather conditions. To learn more about Cloudbridge, please visit our website at www.cloudbridge.org and check out the Volunteer/Research section (http://cloudbridge.org/volunteering/) for more detailed information on the research intern program. To apply, please submit your CV and two references, along with a brief cover letter to Jennifer Powell at jenn.powell@cloudbridge.org. In the cover letter, indicate you are applying for the Tropical Bird Monitoring Intern position, state your preferred start date, and how long you would be available.
  9. Founded in 2002, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is a private, non-profit cloudforest reserve in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica. Beginning with the purchase of degraded farmland, Cloudbridge has been actively reforesting the area in order to connect the forests of the Cerro Chirripó National Park with adjacent nature reserves and forested areas. Beyond reforestation work, Cloudbridge is also committed to environmental education and conducting research on the unique and diverse cloudforest ecosystem. Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is looking for a research intern to conduct walking surveys to study mixed species foraging flocks (MSF) to start February 2019. MSF are a phenomenon that occurs around the globe, but is particularly present in the neotropics. Bird species have a tendency to flock to reduce predation pressures and increase foraging efficiency. MSF are vulnerable to forest fragmentation and as a result can be a good indicator of forest health. Positions last a minimum of 11 weeks. A stipend of $2 USD/day is provided to help cover accommodation costs. Training and guidance will be provided. Interns stay in one of our dormitories and share kitchen and living spaces with our other interns and volunteers. Dorms rooms cost $17 USD/night. Some private rooms with queen beds may be available (subject to current occupancy) for an additional fee. Food costs and cooking are the responsibility of the intern. A basic vegetarian diet typically costs around $4-6 USD per day. Duties and Responsibilities · Learn how to accurately ID, by sight, the 300 species of birds found in the reserve and pass a bird identification test within the first 2-3 weeks of arrival (study materials provided prior to arrival and onsite training provided), · Conduct walking surveys in accordance with provided protocol under the direction of the Bird Studies Lead and Scientific Coordinator, · Enter survey data into a Microsoft Excel database, · Give a presentation on the results at the end of the study period, possible report preparation and data analysis work (depending on skill level), · Greet visitors at the Welcome Centre (rota shared between all volunteers and interns), · Perform required cleaning duties in shared living areas, and, · Participate in reserve activities and community events. Qualifications · Keen interest in birds and birding; preference given to those with previous field identification experience (recreational experience accepted). · Schooling in ornithology, biology, wildlife or related studies, or relevant work experience an asset; preference for avian related experience. · Physically fit and able to hike 5-8 hours a day, 5 days a week in steep, high-altitude terrain. · First aid training and familiarity with Microsoft Excel an asset. · Good English communication skills; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate in Spanish an asset. · Must be able to commit to 11 weeks. · Minimum 18 years of age. · Able to pay for your accommodation for the duration of your stay ($17 US/night). · Able to pay the $200 USD good faith fee upon acceptance. This fee is credited towards the last two weeks of your accommodation fees. Skills/Abilities · Demonstrated ability to work independently. · Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to develop and maintain good relationships with others in a communal living environment. · Excellent attention to detail and adherence to survey protocols. · Strong time management skills. · Ability to persevere and maintain high-quality work in difficult environmental and physically demanding conditions. · Demonstrate good judgement and common sense in a wilderness environment. Locations/Working Conditions · Position is located in the montane cloudforest of the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica, adjacent to Cerro Chirripó National Park. · Survey trails are steep and at times difficult and narrow. River fording may be required. · Altitudes range between 1550 m (5085 ft) and 2200 m (7220 ft). · Work hours typically between 4:30 am and 12:30 pm, 5 days a week; some variation depending on survey route. · Required to work outdoors under varying weather conditions. Physical Requirements · Able and willing to hike 5-8 hours per day, 5 days a week, in steep and difficult terrain. · Able to work outdoors under varying weather conditions. To learn more about Cloudbridge, please visit our website at www.cloudbridge.org and check out the Volunteer/Research section (http://cloudbridge.org/volunteering/) for more detailed information on the research intern program. To apply, please submit your CV and two references, along with a brief cover letter to Jennifer Powell at jenn.powell@cloudbridge.org. In the cover letter, indicate you are applying for the Mixed Species Foraging Flock position, state when you would be available to start, and for how long you are available.
  10. Using a specially designed camera, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have succeeded for the first time in recreating how birds see colours in their surroundings. The study reveals that birds see a very different reality compared to what we see. View the full article
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  12. Dustilovesbirds!

    Ecuador Bird Banding Volunteer

    Ecuador Andes Bird Banding Assistants Volunteers sought to assist with a long-term avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador, Summer Team: August 4-17, 2019 Winter Team: December 2-15, 2019 (Includes Mindo Christmas Bird Count) Life Net volunteer banding assistants help international scientists, Dr. Dusti Becker Kevin Shaw, and Alex Penn monitor birds at the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. The team aims to advance scientific understanding of cloud forest avian communities, including avian responses to deforestation, forest recovery, habitat loss, and climate change. Your participation contributes to maintaining this unique protected area in a biodiveristy hotspot in Ecuador. Reserva Las Tangaras, a 50-hectare nature preserve boasts more than 30 species of hummingbirds, dozens of colorful tanagers, the largest regional Andean cock-of-the-rock display lek, and over 300 tropical bird species, many of which are Choco and Andean endemics. The reserve is also home to endangered capuchin monkeys, spectacled bear, cougar, and myriads of other wildlife species. Volunteers set up and monitor mist nets, extract birds from nets, carry birds from nets to a banding station, and record basic ecological data in the field. Training in handling, measuring and banding is included, but previous experience is desirable. Volunteers will have time to explore the Mindo area, and the team will visit the higher-elevation Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve on the final day of the project. Accommodation is in a large research cabin where you will have a simple bed with mosquito netting, showers, & indoor flush toilet. Meals are delicious home-style Ecuadorian prepared by experienced local cooks. The cost-share donation of $1650 covers transportation in Ecuador, meals, and lodging during the conservation research program, reserve fees, salaries for Ecuadorian cooks and para-biologists, and all entrance fees and special lunch at Bellavista Reserve. Airfare to and from Ecuador and expenses in Quito are not included. Your cost-share donation helps to cover costs associated with hosting the volunteer team and also contributes to annual stewarship of the Las Tangaras Reserve such as educational programs about cloud forest wildlife, stipends for reserve stewards, maintainance of trails and signs, repairs, preventing damage to the local ecosystem, and feeding resident hummingbirds. Cost share donations provide around 60% of the annual funding to sustain the protected area. The conservation expedition begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at dustizuni@yahoo.com for further details and an application form. Experience with mist-netting is desirable, but not required. Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project. Visit https://lastangaras.wordpress.com/who-are-we/for more details about Life Net Nature and Reserva Las Tangaras. To apply, email a brief cover e-letter detailing your experience and interest in participating on the team to Dr. Dusti Becker, dustizuni@yahoo.com. (Resume is optional, and helpful). Dr. Becker will send you more information and an official Life Net Nature volunteer application form.
  13. Designating relatively small parcels of land as protected areas for wildlife with no habitat management—which has frequently been done in urban-suburban locales around the world—likely does not benefit declining songbird species, according to a team of researchers who studied a long-protected northeastern virgin forest plot. View the full article
  14. Evan Dalton

    Seasonal Banding Intern

    The Manomet Bird Observatory at Manomet, MA, is seeking a banding intern for our spring season. Applicants must be available from the 15th of April to the 15th of June. Band 5 days per week. Some banding experience needed, but knowledge of eastern birds and an almost fanatical desire to learn good and safe banding techniques is more important. Enthusiasm for long hours essential. Live free on 40 acres on Cape Cod Bay, town nearby (walking), and most facilities available. Will help two experienced banders and volunteers to run 50 nets dawn to dusk. Environmental education experience a plus. Stipend of $150 (plus free housing) per week for food. Please send resume with contact information for two references by email to Evan Dalton edalton@manomet.org cc: Trevor Lloyd-Evans tlloyd-evans@manomet.org.
  15. The Manomet Bird Observatory at Manomet, MA, seeks seasonal banding assistants for our spring season. Applicants must be available from the 15th of April to the 15th of June. Experienced banders only please; experience with eastern songbirds most useful, but other North American banders welcome. Must have working knowledge of using plumage to age and sex birds. Familiarity with the Pyle guide is preferable. Enthusiasm for long hours essential. Banders will help supervise and train 2 banding interns and volunteers to run 50 nets dawn to dusk, 5 days per week. It is an additional advantage if you enjoy teaching visitors of all ages about birds. Live free on 40 acres by Cape Cod Bay, town nearby (walking), and most facilities available. Stipend $450-475 (depending on experience, plus free housing) per week for the season. Please send resume with contact information for two references by email to Evan Dalton edalton@manomet.org cc: Trevor Lloyd-Evans tlloyd-evans@manomet.org.
  16. Agency: School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University Location: Greene, Lamar, etc. Counties, MS Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Positions Salary: $9-10/hour – Depending on experience. Housing provided Start Date: 4/29/2019 Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2019 Description: We are seeking a full time field technician to assist with avian point counts and vegetation sampling on private lands in southern Mississippi, USA. This work is part of a research project in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service studying avian community composition in longleaf pine stands on private lands. Specifically, this project is focused on Bachman’s Sparrows, a species of conservation concern. Exact starting and end dates for the position are somewhat flexible, but applicants should expect to work from late April/early May through July. Description of Duties: Point counts will occur from sunrise to around 10 am every day, with 0-2 days off a week, depending on weather conditions. Vegetation sampling will occur for a couple of hours each afternoon. Technicians will be required to perform avian point counts independently, and may be required to hike through and work in adverse conditions, particularly high heat, humidity, and dense vegetation. Qualifications: Candidates possessing or pursuing a degree in wildlife, ecology, forestry, natural resources, or a related field are preferred. Applicant must also be in good physical condition, able to walk long distances and work in areas with dense vegetation during the summer in Mississippi. Previous field experience (specifically point count experience) and familiarity with southeastern bird species associated with open pine ecosystems are strongly preferred. Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and be tolerant of environmental discomfort. A valid driver’s license is required. To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Natalie Harris, nrh0030@auburn.edu. Early submission of application materials is recommended, as the position may be filled prior to February 28 if a qualified candidate is identified.
  17. ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Dr. Dustin H. Ranglack <privateemail17146@community.esa.org> Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 1:13 PM Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Two Biology Faculty Positions at the University of Nebraska - Kearney To: ECOLOG-L@community.esa.org <ECOLOG-L@community.esa.org> Hi All- My department is advertising for two tenure track faculty positions to begin Fall 2019. The announcements (below) are very broadly defined as we are hoping for applicants with a wide range of skills, but expertise in areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics, and/or STEM education and outreach are of particular need. One of the positions will participate in a currently funded Corn Root Microbiome grant for the first two years of employment, but the person does not need expertise in corn root microbiomes, they just need some skill that can be applied to the grant (statistics, STEM outreach and/or education, etc.). These are primarily teaching positions (2-3 courses per semester), but there is strong support for developing an active research program with MS and undergraduate students. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me directly: ranglackdh@unk.edu. I hope that you will forward this on as far and wide as possible. Cheers, Dustin Associate/Assistant Professor (Ecology), Biology, 55511 Job Description or Duties: We are seeking applicants with experience and expertise in the areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics and/or STEM education and outreach. Duties will include teaching on-campus undergraduate and graduate courses and online graduate courses depending on the needs in the department, creating a successful independent research program involving students, and performing service to the department, university, and profession. Must have demonstrated proficiency in teaching and the ability to develop an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students. Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in biology or relevant area, two recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, and teaching experience. Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral experience; strong background in quantitative skills (e.g., biological statistics); ability and desire to teach a course in Evolution, experience mentoring undergraduate student research; skill in online course delivery methods; grant writing experience and commitment to undergraduate education. HOW TO APPLY: Application review begins 02/19/2019. For more information and to apply visit http://unkemployment.unk.edu/. For more information about the position contact: For questions regarding the position contact: Dr. Keith Geluso; gelusok1@unk.edu; 308 865 8982. For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8522 or employment@unk.edu. Assistant Professor (Root Microbiome), Biology, 54914 Job Description or Duties: We are seeking applicants with experience and expertise in the areas of ecology, evolution, biostatistics and/or STEM education and outreach. Duties will include teaching on-campus undergraduate and graduate courses and online graduate courses depending on the needs in the department, creating a successful independent research program involving students, and performing service to the department, university, and profession. Must have demonstrated proficiency in teaching and the ability to develop an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students. Assist with a grant that is examining the role of the microbiome in the productivity of corn. The grant will provide startup funding and additional teaching course release for the remaining two years of the grant, after which the position will be continued in the department with the standard teaching, research, and service expectations for the department. Required Qualifications: Earned doctorate in biology or relevant area, two recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, and teaching experience. Expertise to assist with EPSCoR grant Preferred Qualifications: Post-doctoral experience; strong background in quantitative skills (e.g., biological statistics); ability and desire to teach a course in Evolution, experience mentoring undergraduate student research; skill in online course delivery methods; evidence of grant writing; ability to participate in the Corn Root Microbiome grant. Commitment to undergraduate education. HOW TO APPLY: Application review begins 02/19/2019. For more information and to apply visit http://unkemployment.unk.edu/. For more information about the position contact: For questions regarding the position contact: Dr. Keith Geluso; gelusok1@unk.edu; 308 865 8982. For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8522 or employment@unk.edu. SALARY AND BENEFITS: With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate. Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive. The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. NuFlex benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care. The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees. Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA/CREF and Fidelity. The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 6,500 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of 31,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial and agricultural center of a large mid-state area. http://www.unk.edu/ The University of Nebraska at Kearney is responsive to University issues which support a diverse work and academic environment. The University of Nebraska at Kearney does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. This policy is applicable to all University administered programs including educational programs, financial aid, admission policies and employment policies. UNK is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer. Veterans and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. The University affirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities, affirmative action in employment and nondiscrimination in providing services to the public. University employees, students and others associated with the University who have not received the benefits of these policies, are encouraged to contact the Chief Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator. For a copy of the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Annual Security Report, you may contact the Office of Police and Parking Services or visit the website: http://www.unk.edu/annual_security_report Dustin H. Ranglack, Ph.D. Certified Wildlife Biologist® Assistant Professor IACUC Chair Dept. of Biology University of Nebraska – Kearney www.ranglacklab.com
  18. A study, led by the University of Bristol, has shed some new light on how the beaks of birds have adapted over time. View the full article
  19. Researchers have carried out research in Southwest Cameroon to assess which proportion of forest would be necessary in order to provide sufficient habitat for rainforest bird species. View the full article
  20. The study is the first to track the timing of 12 geographically distinct breeding populations of tree swallows across the continent. Researchers measured how long birds spent at breeding grounds to raise their young, when they began migration and stopped to refuel, and when they arrived at wintering grounds. Understanding when birds move between breeding and wintering sites, and how different populations move, can help identify the greatest threats to survival. View the full article
  21. History: Established in 1977, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (WRR) is a non-profit organization that receives over nine thousand wild animals per year for rehabilitation and release. WRR also provides permanent sanctuary for over six hundred non-releasable native animals and non-native wildlife including large mammals, primates, reptiles and birds as well as farmed animals. Wildlife Rescue has two locations; the main sanctuary and rehabilitation hospital is located on 212 acres in beautiful Kendalia Texas, our other facility is the Sherman Animal Care Complex located in San Antonio. Description: This program is designed as an introduction to wildlife rehabilitation for individuals who have previous experience in wildlife rehabilitation or animal care and are interested in developing the basic and advanced skills required when pursuing a career in the field of wildlife rehabilitation. The one year program combines hands-on training and classroom instruction during which participants will learn practical skills and general knowledge required to succeed in the fields of wildlife rehabilitation and animal care. The wildlife rehabilitation apprentice concentrates on the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native Texan wildlife, with some attention to domesticated farmed animals, companion animals and small non-native animals. Participants in the programs can expect to spend long and demanding shifts caring for injured and orphaned infant native Texan wildlife. Participant Duties and Responsibilities: · Learn the natural history, life stages, diet, daily care and housing requirements for a variety of Texas native avian, mammal and reptile species, including but not limited to: songbirds, doves, turtles, tortoises, squirrels, opossums, raccoons, skunks, fawns, and waterfowl. · Understand and participate in the process and stages of wildlife rehabilitation including rescues and releases · Carry out demanding and substantial animal husbandry duties consisting of feeding, cleaning and maintaining enclosures, and enrichment activities while maintaining exceptional standards of care · Undertake basic medical work including administration of prescribed medications and treatments · Conduct behavioral observations and maintain detailed caretaking records · Demonstrate proper understanding and practice of safety procedures · Develop written and interpersonal communication skills · Complete administrative duties including paperwork and recordkeeping · Participate in public education in person and through the WRR hotline service · Complete an individual skill or research project Requirements: Minimum six months previous professional animal care experience required, wildlife rehabilitation hospital experience preferred · Bachelor’s degree required, animal-related field preferred · Commitment to completion of the twelve month program · Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays · Ability to work long hours (40-70 hours per week) in all weather conditions · Ability to lift 50lbs, twist and bend, and spend long periods of time on your feet · Capable of handling physically, mentally and emotionally stressful situations · Competent in working independently and as part of a team · Possess a strong personal work ethic, positive attitude and high level of integrity · Meningitis, Tetanus and Rabies pre-exposure vaccines are required · Valid driver’s license and clean driving record are required Availability: Start dates for the WRR Apprentice Program in Kendalia are as follows: Spring session starts in February, summer session starts in May, and winter session starts in September. Sherman Animal Care Complex in San Antonio has start dates in February and October. Compensation: A monthly stipend of $350-$450 dollars is granted. On-site housing is provided. To Apply: If you are interested in applying email a cover letter, resume, three references and any letters of recommendation to: Education@wildlife-rescue. org Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Attn: Apprentice Supervisor P.O. Box 369 Kendalia TX. 78027 Kendalia TX 78027 Fax: (830) 336-3733
  22. Wildlife Technician (Sage-grouse) - Oregon Opening for a wildlife technician to study season long horse grazing on sage-grouse habitat beginning March 4th and ending the end of June. The experiment is a collaborative research project between Roaring Springs Ranch, Oregon State University and USDA-ARS. The study uses a case study approach to determine the impacts of season long (8 months per year) horse grazing on 1. Sage-grouse nesting habitat structure and composition and 2. Behavioral interactions between nesting sage-grouse and grazing horses within active nesting habitat located near a water source. The work will involve living and working at a cattle ranch located near the Steens Mountains and will include assisting with capturing, radio-collaring and tracking grouse using VHF technology with the ranch biologist and staff in the early spring, and likely some habitat vegetation measurements and fencing work later in the spring/summer. Vegetation work will likely include some of the following: line point intercept, line intercept, visual obscurity using robel pole, daubenmire plots and belt transect. Plant ID is a plus, but most ID will likely be to functional group and training can be provided. Work might include other duties associated with the research project/ranch. 1. Courses/experience in natural resources, wildlife, botany, plant science, or related field. 2. Avian experience preferred 3. Experience with vegetation monitoring methods 4. Experience working with telemetry 5. Experience living or working in rural/remote locations 6. General knowledge of computers and skills for use of word processing and data entry. 7. Ability to carry out tasks independently and part of a team. 8. Experience with driving 4WD vehicles and GPS units. 9. Experience/ ability to perform strenuous work in extreme environments Position Duties This will primarily be a field based job involving irregular work hours and/or days. Work will consist of roughly 85% data/sample collection and processing in the field and 15% data entry and summarization. Ranch housing will be provided. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Vanessa.schroeder@oregonstate.edu with Sage-Grouse Technician in the subject line by February 4, 2019 for full consideration. Applications accepted through February 22, 2019. Start date will be March 4th and end June 30th.
  23. Ellen Paul

    MBTA permits and the shutdown

    This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. As the shutdown drags on, some of you may be concerned about the fact that your MBTA permits are expiring. You need not worry because 50 CFR 13.22 expressly authorizes continuation of the permitted activity but ONLY IF: § 13.22 Renewal of permits. (a) Application for renewal. Applicants for renewal of a permit must submit a written application at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of the permit. Applicants must certify in the form required by § 13.12(a)(5) that all statements and information in the original application remain current and correct, unless previously changed or corrected. If such information is no longer current or correct, the applicant must provide corrected information. (b) Renewal criteria. The Service shall issue a renewal of a permit if the applicant meets the criteria for issuance in § 13.21(b) and is not disqualified under § 13.21(c). (c) Continuation of permitted activity. Any person holding a valid, renewable permit may continue the activities authorized by the expired permit until the Service acts on the application for renewal if all of the following conditions are met: (1) The permit is currently in force and not suspended or revoked; (2) The person has complied with this section; and (3) The permit is not a CITES document that was issued under part 23 of this subchapter (because the CITES document is void upon expiration). Therefore, if you wish to take advantage of this provision, go ahead and file your application to renew. No one will be there to process it (unless DOI accedes to the request made by the Ornithological Council to allow the MBTA permit staff to return to work) but you will have satisfied the requirements of this provision. We encourage you to send the renewal application by FedEx so you will have proof of the date sent. Note that if you fail to comply with these conditions, your renewal application could be denied. If your animal use protocol is up for renewal, you may want to provide this information to your IACUC. The Ornithological Council will post the information on the IACUC Administrator's listserve.
  24. The two seabird species unique to Hawaii, Newell's Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels, are the focus of major conservation efforts—at risk from habitat degradation, invasive predators, and other threats, their populations plummeted 94% and 78% respectively between 1993 and 2013. However, a new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications offers hope of previously undetected colonies of these birds on the island of Oahu, from which they were believed to have vanished by the late 1700s. View the full article
  25. Guest

    Assistant Bander

    Job Type: Full Time Summer Position. Term: Tentatively May 1 to September 30, 2019 with possibility of extension. Wage: $3250 to 3500 per month based on experience and qualifications. Job Description The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory (LSLBO) is located in the Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, approximately 20km north of Slave Lake, Alberta. During our spring and fall migration monitoring programs, we operate 12 standard mist-nets and 2 aerial nets to band songbirds. In the summer, we operate 4 MAPS stations and may be performing breeding bird surveys in remote locations. We are looking for one hard-working, enthusiastic, detail-orientated individual to assist with our long-term avian monitoring programs including visual counts and bird banding. Daily duties include setting up the station early each morning, conducting visual counts, extracting and banding birds, and training and managing volunteers and assistants, as well as data recording, tabulating daily totals, completing the daily log, and data entry. Additional duties include equipment upkeep, trail maintenance, and demonstrating bird banding to the public. Experience working with mist-nets, identifying, aging, and sexing birds in the hand is required. Successful candidates may be expected to work long days, including weekends and holidays and must be flexible with schedule changes. If the candidate possesses or can obtain a permit to band Northern Saw-whet Owls using mist-nets, the contract may be extended until mid to late October. Seasonal staff accommodation is available at the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation at a cost of $295/month. More information on the LSLBO is available at www.lslbo.org Requirements Excellent identification skills of the birds of northern Alberta by sight and sound. Possess or be eligible to obtain a Canadian Scientific Permit to Capture and Band Migratory Birds (Passerines and other landbirds). Physically capable to work long hours on your feet with lots of walking; including hiking through rough terrain in heavily forested areas. Work in poor weather conditions and tolerate biting insects. Enthusiasm for early mornings. Detail-oriented with excellent field data recording and data entry skills (Microsoft Office). Proven leadership and interpersonal skills. Safety conscience and bear aware. Valid Class 5 driver’s license. Standard First Aid and CPR Certificate prior to commencement. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to: Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory Box 1076, Slave Lake, AB T0G 2A0 Email:info@lslbo.org or Fax: 780-849-8239
  26. Meg Hatch

    WOS Research Grants

    The Wilson Ornithological Society is accepting applications for a variety of research grants. The due date is Friday, February 1, 2019 by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone. More information including how to apply can be found here: http://wos.salvereginablogs.com/ Applicants must be current WOS members. Any area of ornithological research is eligible, but please check the criteria for each grant carefully. Applicants may apply for more than one grant and may be from any country. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Meg Hatch (mih10@psu.edu)
  27. The Society of Yukon Bird Observatories (SOYBO) are seeking volunteers for the spring and fall seasons at two of their migration monitoring field stations in southern Yukon, Canada. As full members of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network, the field stations operate using a standardized protocol which focuses largely on mist netting and banding of Boreal songbirds. Albert Creek Bird Observatory (ACBO) , located 15km west of the town of Watson Lake in southeast Yukon operates a spring season annually to monitor migration of mostly songbirds passing through the Liard River basin at the lower end of the Tintina Trench. Birds are captured using mist nets, banded and measured every day from sunrise on for a duration of 6 hours between April 27th to June 7th. Daily census legs and casual observations are also recorded to attain an estimated total of every species banded, encountered passing through and over the study site. The site is a marsh complex adjacent to the Liard River which hosts many songbird species at the northwestern extent of their continental range. Examples of such species include White-throated Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Magnolia Warbler and Western Tanager among others. Teslin Lake Bird Observatory (TLBO) , located 8km west of Teslin and accessible along the Alaska highway at the Teslin Lake campground in south central Yukon operates a fall season (July 25 to September 30). TLBO follows the same protocols as ACBO but also incorporates hourly visual migration counts due to it's location along Teslin Lake and it's north/south orientation and a wide vista of observation potential. In addition to the songbirds, TLBO collects monitoring data on a wide diversity of bird species including raptors, waterfowl and waterbirds. Knowledge of eastern and western Boreal birds is required. Candidates with experience extracting birds, running mist nets and banding experience will be given preference. Bird observatory personnel are able to provide on the job training for individuals willing to volunteer for three weeks or more; such training may include (but not be limited to) extracting birds from mist nets, bird handling, banding , in hand species identification and ageing/sexing. Other duties expected from volunteers include scribing data for the banders, opening and closing mist nets, collecting bird observations and interacting with members of the public who visit the stations. Transportation to and from Whitehorse to both stations will be covered. Accomodations for volunteers will camping with all required gear provided. We are looking for volunteers that are willing to endure rustic living conditions, keen to learn, work well in a team environment and are interested in being immersed in the avian wonders of the northwestern Boreal Forest. For more information please contact Ted Murphy-Kelly at 867 456 7431 or email tedmurphykelly@northwestel.net and visit our website at www.yukonbirdobservatories.org On the website, refer to http://www.yukonbirdobservatories.org/volunteer for specific information about being a volunteer.
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