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  1. One opening is available to aid the study of the breeding ecology of Louisiana waterthrush (LOWA; Parkesia motacilla) at the Powdermill Nature Reserve (PNR) in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This project is a collaborative effort between Duquesne University, the National Aviary, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History and continues a long-term research project studying breeding LOWA. Field technician will assist Brandon Hoenig (PhD Candidate, Duquesne University) in finding LOWA nests across five study streams around PNR. Nestlings will be weighed and measured, and fecal, blood, and feather samples will be collected from each nestling. Nests will be monitored to assess provisioning behavior of adult LOWA. Technician will be trained to perform collections and measurements. The season will start with the arrival of LOWA to the breeding grounds (last week of March, first week of April; exact date is dependent upon migration timing) and end at the completion of the final nest (typically first or second week in July). Salaries range between $1000/month to $1500/month depending upon past field ornithology experience. Our field site is in the Laurel Highlands of PA which offers acres of landscape for hiking and birding as well as miles of high-quality trout streams for fishing. The field site is within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh, which offers many fun activities such as baseball games and multiple art and history museums. The field site is also home to the Powdermill Avian Research Center and offers many opportunities to learn from master bird banders. Carnegie Museum of Natural History encourages researchers to perform public outreach, and such opportunities will be available throughout the field season. As PNR is a widely-used field site, technicians will have the opportunity to meet many avian and non-avian researchers as well. Housing is a three bedroom cabin located at the field site. This cabin offers Wi-Fi, utilities, a complete kitchen and working fireplace. If interested, please send a Resumé or CV as well as a short (1-2 page) document indicating past experience and future goals in ornithology or ecology to hoenigb@duq.edu. Questions can be directed to Brandon at hoenigb@duq.edu.