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Cape Sable seaside sparrow field technicians (3)


Conservation InSight


Homestead, FL


United States

Last Date to Apply:

31 Dec 2017
Open until filled


Conservation InSight is a nonprofit scientific research organization focused on providing sound solutions for avian conservation issues. Our mission is to provide evidence-based scientific findings that may be used by federal and state agencies, natural resource managers, and communities to inform decision making. Founded in 2017, Conservation InSight continues the long-term research programs of our Executive Director, Dr. Tom Virzi.


We are currently seeking FIELD TECHNICIANS (3) to join our Florida team for the 2018 field season to assist with a long-term demographic study of the federally endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow in Everglades National Park. This position is temporary: 19 March 2018 – 13 July 2018. Salary: $2,000/mo.


We are looking for applicants who are detail-oriented, organized, able to work as part of a team, and who are enthusiastic about working in remote locations under sometimes harsh field conditions (e.g., heat, humidity, mosquitoes, and venomous snakes).


Previous avian research experience is required. Nest searching, distance sampling, and banding experience are strongly preferred. Candidates who are proficient using software such as MS Excel and Access, and ArcMap are desired. Current DOI helicopter certification is a plus.


Duties will include, but are not limited to:
· Conducting point count surveys in remote areas
· Locating and monitoring nests in grassland habitat
· Deploying and maintaining nest cameras
· Mist netting and color banding sparrows
· Re-sighting previously color-banded birds
· Territory mapping using GPS
· Data entry and management
· Some outreach


Fieldwork will be conducted in early mornings (beginning pre-dawn) 5-6 days/week; afternoons will be spent entering data, maintaining equipment, and conducting outreach (e.g., writing blogs or developing social media posts). Shared housing in Homestead, FL will be provided. Field crew will travel to and from remote field sites by car/foot or occasionally by helicopter. DOI helicopter certification will be provided.
Applicants must provide their own transportation to South Florida and have their own vehicle for getting to and from field sites. Sites are ~10-30 miles from housing. Fuels costs for travel to study sites will be reimbursed.


To apply:
Send a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Tom Virzi, along with a resume and three references (include names, emails, and phone numbers) to tvirzi@conservationinsight.org. Please include “CSSS Field Tech” in the subject line of your email. Deadline to apply: December 31, 2017.