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Avian Field Technicians (2) – Shrubland Songbird Breeding and Post-fledging Ecology


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Kennekuk County Park, Danville, Illinois


United States

Last Date to Apply:

15 Feb 2018


~3.5 months, April 20th to July 31st (dates flexible)


Application Deadline:
02/15/18, but positions may be filled as suitable candidates are found


Job Description:
(2) Field Technicians needed for a study investigating the breeding and post-fledging ecology of songbirds in shrubland habitats of Eastern Illinois. Work will primarily involve finding and monitoring nests of focal species (Field Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Common Yellowthroat, and Gray Catbird) and other common songbird species (e.g. Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue-winged Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, American Robin, Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Jay, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, and others), and monitoring nest boxes (Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Chickadee, Tree Swallow, House Wren). Technicians will also assist graduate student with the capture, banding, bleeding, and radio-tagging of adult and nestling birds, tracking tagged birds, conducting fledgling locomotor experiments, and maintenance of automated radio-telemetry towers. Technicians will have to find their own housing (cheap options available in Champaign-Urbana), but travel to and from sites will be provided. Rate of pay: ~10.00-11.00$/per hour.


Applicants must be willing to work long hours outside, moving through dense (thorny/spiny/ticks/poison ivy) vegetation under a variety of physically demanding field conditions (sunny, hot, humid, windy, wet, chilly). Ideal candidates will be energetic, hard-working, team players that pay close attention to directions and details while conducting research in the field and entering collected data. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in finding and monitoring songbird nests.


To Apply: Please send application (cover letter, cv/resume, and information of three references) via email in ONE PDF FILE (please name file in the following format: firstname_lastname_Songbird _Application) to Todd Jones (preferred email: toddmj AT illinois.edu), Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Turner Hall, Urbana, IL 61801.


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