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Golden-cheeked warbler Seasonal Field Technician


University of Illinois


Fort Hood, TX


United States

Last Date to Apply:

30 Nov 2017


Job Description:
We are looking for one (1) enthusiastic technician to assist in an M.S. research project studying the post-fledging survival of Golden-cheeked Warblers. The selected applicant will work from 12 February to 22 June 2017, with a four-week training period alongside a crew of seasonal field biologists at the beginning of the season. The primary tasks will be to locate and monitor nests, track fledglings daily using radio telemetry, re-sight birds, and record vegetation measurements. Additionally, we will be navigating using a GPS and compass, driving and maintaining 4WD vehicles, entering data, and occasionally mist-netting and banding golden-cheeked warblers. A workweek can be up to 40 hours, and the hired technician will be expected to be flexible, working early mornings with possible weekend work. The technician will be expected to find housing near the Fort Hood military base (we will be working closely with the long-standing field biologists for the Golden-cheeked Warbler monitoring project, so housing with multiple people is possible). Housing vendors near the base will be provided for the technician to choose from, if needed.


The applicant must have a B.S. or working towards finishing their degree. Applicant must be able to work independently and with other seasonal biologists at sites, with strong organizational skills, a detail-oriented attitude, and patience. Applicant must be in good physical condition and willing to navigate through dense juniper-oak forest around canyons and steep slopes for long distances, and handle other field conditions (e.g. heat, biting insects, venomous snakes). Applicant must have good hearing and full spectrum vision (necessary for re-sighting of color-banded individuals). The applicant must also have a valid driver’s license and personal vehicle to drive into the base (will not be used for field work). Previous experience nest searching, using radio telemetry, performing vegetation samples, navigating with GPS and compass, and handling and banding birds is preferred. Experience with 4WD vehicles is preferred, but not necessary. Once selected, the technician must be able to pass a background check before hiring. Once hired, vision and driving tests must be passed to use work vehicles.


~13.00/hour depending on experience. Housing is NOT provided.


To Apply:
To apply, email-cover letter with your interest in the position, resume with prior experience, and contact information for three professional and/or academic references (phone numbers and e-mail addresses) to Evalynn Trumbo, UIUC – Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Send applications and/or questions to etrumbo@illinois.edu. Include "GCWA FIELD TECHNICIAN" in subject line of email. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and a selection may be made before the deadline.


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