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    Ellen Paul
    • Employer: Institute for Bird Populations
      Location: Ft. AP Hill, Virginia
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We have two openings during spring/summer 2019 for a point count project at Fort AP Hill, Virginia.
    PROJECT DATES: Approximately late April – early June (exact start date TBD)
    RESPONSIBILITIES: The field season will begin with a short training session in visual and acoustic bird ID
    skills, point count techniques, and safety. On a typical day, working in a team of two, biologists will wake
    up before dawn drive and hike to a point count transect starting point, after which each biologist will
    conduct the point count in opposite directions of the same transect, meeting again at the starting point
    or the field vehicle. Point counts will generally conclude by about 11:00 am each day. Additional work will
    be spent entering data, planning for the next day’s work, etc. Work will be physically demanding,
    sometimes involving hiking several miles per day, and work in areas with ticks, mosquitoes, bears and
    other field hazards. Candidates must be in very good physical condition, and must be comfortable with
    off-trail hiking and orienteering (training provided).
    REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Candidates MUST have previous experience conducting avian point
    counts, and be able to identify Southeastern U.S. birds by sight and (especially) by call and song.
    COMPENSATION: These positions are considered independent contractors, not IBP staff. Biologists will
    receive payment of $2,400 per month, but no fringe benefits. Free housing provided.
    Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to:
    Mandy Holmgren
    The Institute for Bird Populations
    Email: mholmgren@birdpop.org
    Please put Fort AP Hill Point Count Position in the subject line

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