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Avian Field Technicians


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Fort Hood, Texas


United States

Last Date to Apply:

30 Nov 2017


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks 6 seasonal Field Biologists to monitor breeding Black-capped Vireos from 5 March to 13 July, 2018. The work will occur at Fort Hood Military Reservation in central Texas near the city of Copperas Cove. The primary tasks will be to re-sight color-banded birds, locate and monitor nests, delineate territories, conduct auditory distance sampling surveys, and mist net vireos for banding. Workers will keep extensive records, follow detailed protocols, navigate using a GPS and map, enter and verify data, and maintain field equipment including a vehicle. Previous experience with any of these activities is a plus. Highly experienced biologists will train workers in mist-netting, banding, nest finding, off-road driving, and navigation making this an excellent learning opportunity. Work starts before sunrise and involves walking miles each day in a hot, sunny environment where contact with chiggers, fire ants, cacti, snakes, cattle, and poison ivy is virtually certain. However, Fort Hood encompasses rich natural areas where the variety of birds, butterflies, wildflowers, etc. are sure to delight any naturalist. Applicants must be in good physical condition, have good hearing, and be able to see the full spectrum of colors. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required, as is a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. Ability to drive manual transmission vehicles is preferred. Pay is $13.50/hour. Work may exceed 40 hrs/week and will include some weekends, but all hours worked beyond 40/week will be compensated via overtime pay. Workers must provide their own housing and transportation onto the base. A list of local housing options will be provided to help workers find a place to live. To apply, send cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to bcvi.hood@gmail.com. The application deadline is 30 November, but positions will be offered as qualified applicants apply – so apply early.