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  • Melanie Colón
    • Employer: Cal Poly
      Location: northern New Mexico
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    We are looking for 1-2 technicians to join our team for a project in the pinyon-juniper forests of northern New Mexico. An ideal candidate has bird banding and nest searching experience and/or small mammal trapping/handling experience. Work would start in early April and finish at the end of July or early August 2019.

    The technician would assist with a project that investigates the effects of light and noise on breeding birds and small mammals. Activities will include mist netting and trapping, attaching radiotags and deploying and operating telemetry equipment, plus insect and vegetation sampling. 

    Conditions are variable: early season is chilly and late season can be very hot and buggy with afternoon monsoons, so a good attitude across conditions is a must. Assistants must be physically able to hike across rough terrain, navigate on rural dirt roads with GPS and little to no cell service, follow protocols, take detailed field notes and enter data. Camping on site is also occasionally required for night work taking light measurements and early morning trap checking. 

    Compensation is approximately $5,000 plus housing (typically a shared field house in Durango). Schedule is typically 5-8 hours per day with two days off each week, but the schedule is subject to change based on nesting cycles, inclement weather, and trapping needs. If the technician has a high clearance vehicle that can be used to drive to sites, they would be reimbursed form mileage during field work. Outdoor adventure opportunities abound on days off, with easy access to the San Juan Mountains, Mesa Verde National Park and Southeastern Utah.

    To apply or for further information, please send CV and cover letter detailing your interest and experience to jnphilli@calpoly.edu. Candidates from groups underrepresented in biology, including women, LGBTQ, and minorities are encouraged to apply.



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