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FLORIDA GRASSHOPPER SPARROW FIELD TECHNICIANS (3) – Nest Monitoring and Protection
Location: Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, Kenansville, FL
Duration: 19 March-30 August 2018
Job Type: Seasonal
Application Deadline: 5 January (or until filled).
Job Description: Three experienced seasonal field technicians needed to conduct demographic research and nest protection of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (19 March-30 August 2018). Technicians will assist with collection of important breeding season data on a rapidly declining population of endemic Florida grassland birds. These positions are an exciting opportunity to protect and conserve one of the rarest birds in the United States while contributing to a large-scale demographic research project. Florida’s dry prairie offers breathtaking grassland sunrises and frequent encounters with some of Florida’s finest wildlife.
Duties include: Conducting point count surveys, resighting color-banded individuals, collecting samples for disease analysis, banding nestlings, finding and monitoring grassland bird nests with nest cameras, protecting nests with predator deflection fencing, conducting behavioral observations, data entry and equipment maintenance. Pay is $13.00/hr (40hrs/week), with air-conditioned shared housing and 4x4 vehicles provided on site.
Qualifications: Preferred candidates should have extensive experience searching for and monitoring grassland bird nests. Previous experience trapping and banding passerines and resighting color-bands using a spotting scope is also desired. Tolerance for high temperatures and extreme humidity is essential, as is the ability to live happily in a rural setting and in close quarters with other field researchers. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be authorized to work in the United States. Previous experience driving four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs in wet conditions is also preferred. Dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail when working with a critically endangered bird is a must.
To Apply: If interested, please send a brief cover letter, CV and the contact information for three professional references to Dr. Erin Ragheb (Erin.Ragheb AT MyFWC.com). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
A video highlighting the project can be seen here:
Recent press coverage can be found here: http://www.npr.org/2016/10/20/498736786/last-gasp-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow-from-extinction and here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/racing-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow/