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Title: Seasonal Avian Research Assistant
Agency: Texas A&M University
Job Description: Applications are being considered for three (3) seasonal Avian Research Assistants from late February to early May for a research project focusing on federally endangered golden-cheeked warblers at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (BCNWR) and Kerr Wildlife Management Area (KWMA) in Texas. Primary duty location will be BCNWR, with frequent travel to KWMA. Other duty locations may be assigned as needed. Under the supervision of BCNWR Biologists, Research Assistant’s duties will include mist netting, color banding, deploying geolocators, post-banding monitoring, maintenance of field equipment, data entry, report writing, and other duties as assigned. Necessary training will be provided. Research Assistants will be required to demonstrate proficiency with mist netting and deployment of geolocators on non-target birds prior to the field season.
Requirements: Applicants must be in good physical condition, have excellent hearing, and be able to see the full spectrum of colors. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, pass a defensive driving course, and have a good driving record. Experience or coursework in wildlife biology or closely related field; ability to collect data with strong attention to detail; ability to work 6+ days per week doing physically demanding work, with early mornings (0500); a positive attitude in adverse environmental conditions such as fire ants, chiggers, rattlesnakes, feral pigs, poison ivy, normal daily temperatures of over 90°F, intense sun, thick and thorny brush, and steep and rocky terrain; ability to operate 4X4 vehicles; patience and focus to quietly observe and follow birds; ability to work independently and in groups; and flexibility to changes in location, protocol, or job assignments.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience identifying birds by sight and sound, mist-netting and banding passerines, navigating using handheld GPS unit and maps, using Microsoft Access, Excel, ArcMap; possess a B.S. or B.A. in wildlife biology or closely related field.
Pay: 40 hours per week. $11.50+ per hour, depending on experience. On-site housing at Balcones Canyonlands NWR will be provided. Housing at Kerr WMA may also be provided, but Research Assistants should anticipate the need to camp using your own camping equipment. Additionally, a Government vehicle will be provided, but is for official government use only (i.e. transportation from the Refuge office to the study area only).
To Apply: Please write “Warbler Geolocator Job Application” in the subject line of your email. Include your last name in the file attachment. Submit cover letter detailing your qualifications, resume (including GPA), and contacts for three references (preferably email address) in one attachment to: Scott_Rowin@fws.gov. Applications will be reviewed and positions offered as qualified applicants are received. Be sure to apply early for consideration. Application Deadline December 31, 2017.