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Grassland bird research technicians


Emporia State University




United States

Last Date to Apply:

21 May 2018
Open until filled


Job Description: Assist research team studying grassland bird responses to cattle grazing and plant diversity in CRP grasslands of Kansas from 21 May – 27 July 2018. Three categories of positions available (note position of interest in cover letter of application): (1) Two individuals to perform transect surveys for adult birds by sight and sound and assist with plant and insect sampling (field base in Logan or Lyon counties, KS). For the first seven weeks bird surveys will occur during the first ~three hours each morning with the remainder of the day spent assisting with plant and insect sampling. The remainder of the ten weeks consists of plant/insect sampling full time. (2) Nine individuals needed to assist with nest searching and monitoring and taking measurements of nestlings, including blood samples (field base near Great Bend, KS). (3) Two individuals to serve as leaders of four-person nest crews (a current grad student will serve as the third crew leader). Duties include all nest-related activities stated above and their supervision as well as coordination of nest data sheets, supervising data entry, and making daily logistical decisions. Nest crew leaders receive no additional compensation other than credentials of having performed this leadership role.


Qualifications: In addition to training in ecology / wildlife biology / organismal biology, the following skills are desired:


Line transect surveyors must have previous experience with bird identification by sight and sound and will ideally have experience with performing line transect or point-count bird surveys for birds.


Nest searchers will ideally have previous nest searching and monitoring experience and experience with handling birds, though other demonstrated field skills will be considered. Nest crew leaders must have some combination of these experiences and will ideally have experience with taking blood samples from birds.


For all positions, applicants must be able to work independently and with a team, interact cordially with landowners, tolerate hot weather, physical labor, early starts, long hours, 6-day work weeks, and living in close quarters with other technicians in rural Kansas. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, be willing to share driving of project vehicles (rentals) for ~one-hour trips to/from field sites, and be able to transport themselves to/from field bases at the begninning/end of the field season.


To apply: Email a cover letter, noting position of interest, and CV with three references to Dr. William E. Jensen at wjensen1@emporia.edu, or send via postal mail to Dr. Jensen in the Department of Biological Sciences, Campus Box 4050, Emporia State University, 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801. Positions open until filled so apply soon.


Salary: $4400 / 10-week season. Housing and field vehicles provided.


Deadline for applications: Open until filled.