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  2. AVIAN POINT-COUNT TECHNICIANS (2) needed for a study of breeding landbirds on ranches in eastern Montana and South Dakota (May 14– July 31) for the World Wildlife Fund- Northern Great Plains Sustainable Ranching Initiative (WWF-SRI). Technicians will collaborate directly with WWF Ecologists and with Ranchers on private ranches in eastern Montana and South Dakota. Data will inform grassland conservation and promote bird-friendly beef production. Duties consist of standardized avian point count surveys, vegetation surveys and data entry. Technicians will travel across diverse habitats identifying hundreds of bird species. Technicians must be able to attend training in Lewistown, Montana starting May 13. Qualifications Qualifications include: 1) the ability to communicate and work effectively with the IBO supervisor, WWF Ecologists, and with Ranchers (2 the ability to identify 200+ species of Western birds by sight and primarily by sound 3) the ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) for the duration of the field season 4) strong physical/mental endurance to complete 1 survey per day per 9-day hitch 5) the ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units 6) a willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators (bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes) 7) and careful and accurate data collection/entry/management. Solo backpacking trips may be required. Technicians must provide their own backpacking/camping gear. Each applicant must possess strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate and work effectively with private landowners, fellow technicians and WWF and IBO supervisors. This is a fulltime position for the duration of the project (May-July). Hourly pay rate is $13-$14+/hr DOE (PLUS a $3.75/hr. Per Diem which amounts to an additional $1,000 over the season). Surveying requires EXTENSIVE DRIVING between sites on both paved and dirt roads. Technicians must have a valid driver's license and EITHER use their personal 4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the standard state rate) OR IBO can provide a rental SUV. Please send a resume, cover letter, and at least three references (in ONE Document) via e-mail to Christian Meny: christianmeny@boisestate.edu. Please put “2019 MT IMBCR Applicant- (w/ Name)” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.
  3. Multiple positions are available to work with Utah State University Biology faculty in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office (VFO) to conduct field work in the Uintah Basin of Northeastern Utah to: monitor raptor nesting success (4 positions) monitor White-tailed Prairie Dog populations (4 positions) Raptor Crew Interns assess raptor nesting success throughout the VFO district by visiting known nests; recording evidence of nesting; prey remains near the nest; habitat characteristics, including invasive plants; and recording local disturbances. Crew members will also be responsible for collecting genetic samples (fecal material and feathers) using sterile technique. Crew members may have the opportunity to band nestlings up to 3 days during the season. Prairie Dog Crew Interns assist the VFO with White-tailed Prairie Dog population monitoring in support of the Black-tailed Ferret management plan. This requires walking established transects in known colonies to record evidence of activity. Positions are funded for no more than 29 hrs/wk for 13 weeks each, May 6th-August 2nd. Preference will be given to qualified Utah State University students. Preference will also be given to applicants that can be present during the entire field season. Crew member compensation will be $12.50/hr. Crew lead compensation will be $14.50/hr. No housing is provided with this position. Interns will make field observations of wildlife or vegetation according to protocol, collect data, and enter data. They will collaborate with teammates and the crew lead to collect and assemble a high quality data set in an efficient manner. Fieldwork may require strenuous hiking, work in adverse weather conditions, and irregular hours. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently. Responsibilities CPR/Wilderness First Aid Certification Conduct field surveys independently after training Raptor identification Mapping of prairie dog colonies based on Visual Encounter Surveys and Indirect Sign Plant identification and quantification following protocol Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on unmaintained dirt roads Hiking to work sites, sometimes in adverse weather, sometimes at irregular hours Follow protocols for raptor surveys with emphasis on minimizing disturbance GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites Data entry under direction of the crew lead Qualifications Minimum Qualifications: Experience identifying raptors Experience identifying plants Demonstrated fieldwork experience Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills Ability to follow safety regulations Driver’s license and experience driving 4WD vehicles Ability to efficiently execute directives and study plan Ability to collaborate with crewmates and follow team lead Preferred Qualifications: Professional fieldwork experience Professional plant identification experience or certifications Professional raptor identification experience GIS, GPS, or orienteering experience Experience with raptor handling and survey protocols Experience with technical climbing Data entry experience Demonstrated strong performance in relevant coursework, including but not limited to one or more classes in a topic such as botany, ornithology or mammalogy, biology, ecology, natural resource management, or GIS Required Documents Along with the online application, please attach the following documents combined into a single pdf: A cover letter, including a summary of why you are seeking this position and which position(s) you wish to apply for. A current résumé to be uploaded in the profile Unofficial transcripts to be uploaded in the profile
  4. Klamath Bird Observatory (www.klamathbird.org) is seeking to fill a Field Technician position in our bird monitoring and research program at riparian restoration sites along the North Fork Salmon River in northern California. Field work will start between April 22-29, depending on the applicant's previous experience and training needs, and continue until the end of June or first week of July (exact dates to be determined). Some training may take place in Ashland, OR, before field work near Sawyers Bar, CA. EXPECTATIONS: Primary duties are conducting spot-map surveys to determine territories of riparian songbird species, observing pairs to determine reproductive stage (Vickery Index), vegetation surveys, and data entry. There may also be an opportunity to conduct point count surveys if you have previous experience. Training in specific field protocols will be provided. Ability to provide your own vehicle (high clearance will be helpful but not strictly necessary) and willingness to camp for the duration of the field season, will be required. Being comfortable around moving water is also necessary; the Field Technician will need to kayak and/or use waders to access some sites across the river. QUALIFICATIONS: Preferred applicants will have previous experience in one or more of the avian field research techniques listed above, and be comfortable identifying common Western riparian and forest birds by sight and especially by sound. Applicants should be prepared to start early (at dawn), work full days in the field in all weather, carefully follow protocols and meticulously record data, be in good physical condition, and possess good communication skills. Applicants must enjoy the outdoors and be willing to work in areas with poison oak, blackberry, and biting insects, with the potential to encounter rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars. It is essential that the applicant be comfortable and capable of working independently and camping alone for the duration of the season. COMPENSATION: Field Technicians will be paid $2375/month, and should expect to work ~10 hrs/day, 5 days/wk. Rustic, free camping near field sites and excellent swimming holes is available. Transportation to Oregon/California, and personal field gear (e.g. camping gear like tent and stove, boots, rain gear) are the responsibility of the applicant. We can provide waders. Applicants must have a car, valid driver’s license, insurance, and be able to provide their driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for work purposes will be necessary, and the Field Technician will be reimbursed for per-mile transportation costs. TO APPLY: Send cover letter including your dates of availability and vehicle type, résumé, and contact info for 3 references by email to Dr. Sarah Rockwell (smr@klamathbird.org). We will review applications on a rolling basis, and continue until the position is filled.
  5. Job Description The Klamath Bird Observatory (www.KlamathBird.org) is seeking a seasonal field technician from May 1 - July 15, to conduct point count surveys throughout the diverse and beautiful regions of southern and eastern Oregon, and northern California. Technicians will work on multiple projects including monitoring effects of oak and stream restoration, long-term monitoring in National Parks, and more. Applicant should be able to identify a large variety of Western birds as they will be working in a range of habitats including oak savanna, riparian, coniferous forests, sagebrush, and montane meadows. Primary responsibilities will include conducting point count surveys and vegetation sampling along off-road transects following standard protocols, and associated data entry. Other tasks may be assigned if time permits. Field training on protocol methodology and distance estimation will be provided. Camping independently, often at undeveloped or dispersed sites, will be required for most work. A field vehicle will likely be provided, but ideally applicants will have the flexibility to drive their personal vehicle for work if necessary. If a personal vehicle is used, mileage reimbursement will be provided. Salary $2260-2500/month. Applicants with several seasons of point count experience with Western birds may be eligible for a higher salary. Qualifications Applicants should have at least one full season of point count field experience, have a full range of hearing, be in excellent physical condition, and be comfortable working and camping independently. Required qualifications include ability to identify Western birds by sight and sound, estimate distance to individual birds, hike in steep and rugged off-trail conditions, follow standardized protocols, collect and record meticulous data, communicate effectively, work independently in remote locations, work in inclement weather conditions, and tolerate working in areas containing poison oak. Surveyors must possess good map reading, GPS, and orienteering skills and be eager to work long days in the field. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and be able to provide a reasonably clean driving record. To apply: Send cover letter (including your dates of availability and vehicle type), résumé, and contact information for three references to Dr. Sarah Rockwell (smr@klamathbird.org). We will review applications on a rolling basis, and continue until the position is filled.
  6. Klamath Bird Observatory (www.klamathbird.org) is seeking to fill two volunteer intern positions in our Vesper Sparrow demography research program, from May 1 - July 12. Primary duties will include nest-searching, banding nestlings, color-band resighting, and vegetation surveys in meadows of the eastern Cascades in southern Oregon. Field work will be followed by 1-2 weeks of data entry based out of our office in Ashland, OR (exact dates to be determined). EXPECTATIONS: Primary duties will be nest-searching and monitoring, banding nestlings, color-band resighting, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Previous experience in avian field research and ability to see full range of colors are required. Training in specific field protocols will be provided. Ability to use your own vehicle (typically on paved or improved dirt roads; 4WD is not necessary), and willingness to camp for the duration of the field season, will be needed. QUALIFICATIONS: Previous avian field experience and ability to see full range of colors are required (if you have nest-searching experience, you may apply for the field tech position). Some bird handling experience is preferred. Applicants should be prepared to start at dawn, work long days in the field in all weather, carefully follow protocols and meticulously record data, be in good physical condition, and possess good communication skills. Applicants must enjoy the outdoors, and be willing to work in areas with biting insects and the potential to encounter rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars. It is essential that applicants be comfortable and capable of camping with a work partner and working independently at remote sites (but near country roads, and within a 45-min. drive of Ashland). COMPENSATION: Volunteer interns receive a stipend of $750/mo., and should expect to work about 8-10 hours/day, 5 days/wk. We can provide suggestions for rustic camping options near field sites. Initial transportation to Ashland, OR, and personal camping gear are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must have a car, valid driver’s license, current insurance, and be able to provide their driving record. Use of your personal vehicle for work purposes will be necessary, and interns will be reimbursed for mileage. TO APPLY: Send cover letter including your dates of availability and vehicle type, résumé, and contact info for 3 references by email to Dr. Sarah Rockwell (smr@klamathbird.org). We will review applications on a rolling basis, and continue until the positions are filled.
  7. Klamath Bird Observatory (www.klamathbird.org) is seeking to quickly fill a Field Technician position in our Vesper Sparrow demography research program from May 1 - July 12. Primary duties will include nest-searching, banding nestlings, color-band resighting, and vegetation surveys in meadows of the eastern Cascades in southern Oregon. Field work will be followed by 1-2 weeks of data entry based out of our office in Ashland, OR (exact dates to be determined). EXPECTATIONS: Primary duties will be nest-searching and monitoring, banding nestlings, color-band resighting, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Previous nest-searching experience is required, and additional experience in the other methods is preferred. Training in specific field protocols will be provided. Ability to use your own vehicle (typically on paved or improved dirt roads; 4WD is not necessary), and willingness to camp for the duration of the field season, will be needed. QUALIFICATIONS: Previous nest-searching experience and ability to see full range of colors are required (those with other avian field experience can apply for the intern position), and grassland nest-searching experience is preferred. Applicants should be prepared to start at dawn, work long days in the field in all weather, carefully follow protocols and meticulously record data, be in good physical condition, and possess good communication skills. Applicants must enjoy the outdoors, and be willing to work in areas with biting insects and the potential to encounter rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars. It is essential that the applicant be comfortable and capable of camping and working independently at remote sites (but near country roads, and within a 45-min. drive of Ashland). COMPENSATION: Field Technician will be paid $2375/mo., and should expect to work about 8-10 hours/day, 5 days/wk. We can provide suggestions for rustic camping options near field sites. Initial transportation to the Ashland, OR, area and personal camping gear are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must have a car, valid driver’s license, current insurance, and be able to provide their driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for work purposes will be necessary, and the Field Technician will be reimbursed for mileage. TO APPLY: Send cover letter including your dates of availability and vehicle type, résumé, and contact info for 3 references by email to Dr. Sarah Rockwell (smr@klamathbird.org). We will review applications on a rolling basis, and continue until the position is filled.
  8. Are you interested in adventure, great birds, and exploring the desert? If you are answering yes, this may be your ticket to a season in the Southwest. Thanks to a new funding opportunity, we will need several technicians ASAP to conduct riparian landbird surveys on the lower Colorado River for Great Basin Bird Observatory. The field season will begin in early April and run through mid-June; dates for technicians are flexible. Duties will include area searches of all breeding birds, avian territory mapping, and data entry on tablets and ArcGIS. The most competitive applicants will have at least one field season of experience surveying passerines by sight and sound (preferably southwestern birds); the willingness to work hard and/or long hours when needed; the ability to hike in very hot and sometimes difficult conditions (e.g. dense vegetation, standing water); the ability to navigate in difficult terrain using GPS unit, compass, and satellite imagery; experience driving 4x4 vehicles; proven ability to work safely in the field; good communication skills, and a willingness to live and work with a large field crew. Aside from these requirements, priority will be given to applicants with advanced birding skills and multi-year field work experience, applicants with experience using AGOL, ArcGIS and ESRI field apps, and applicants with current CPR and First Aid training. Couples with experience are encouraged to apply. Surveyors will be hired as seasonal temporary GBBO employees and paid $2200-$2500/month depending on experience. Field vehicles and housing (combination of field house/apartment and some camping) will be provided. Please send a brief cover letter (highlighting bird survey experience and your availability) and resume (including the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 3 references) to Dawn Fletcher (email dawnmariefletcher@gmail) as soon as possible. Positions will be open until filled.
  9. POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position will teach K-12 spring field trips at the Alaska Songbird Institute’s Creamer’s Field Migration Station, a mist netting station at Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks, AK. Training will be provided in: science education and interpretation, bird identification, and the basics of mist netting and bird banding. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties may include but are not limited to: leading 1-hour field trips (grades K-12) and bird walks, representing ASI at public events, interpreting project information to visitors, station set up and maintenance, and entering data in a manner that is consistent with ASI procedures. Responsibilities are expected to break down as follows: science education and community interaction (80%); data summarization and entry (5%); and field logistics and techniques (15%). QUALIFICATIONS: Interns must possess a demonstrated interest in ecology and science education, a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and good communication and interpersonal skills. Interns must make common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), be able to work independently and as part of a team. In addition, this position requires early mornings, weekend days, and the ability to follow a work schedule that is dependent upon changing weather and field logistics. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Bird banding requires good manual dexterity and eyesight and involves long periods of being on your feet with few or no breaks. Interns must be able to access all mist nets and travel with groups of children to the study area. This job may require walking through waist deep water and vegetation, carrying a backpack with gear (~25lbs), stepping over logs and fences, crossing uneven terrain, riding a bicycle, and carrying heavy objects in high levels of insect activity and inclement weather conditions. HOURS: Variable, not to exceed 40 hours /week from April 22 – May 17, 2019. Must be available weekday mornings from 8 AM to 1 PM. There may be an opportunity for additional work beyond May 17. STATUS: Seasonal COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: This is a volunteer, educational position that carries no salary, however the position includes a living stipend of $1,250 per month, partial months will be pro-rated. Stipends are taxable and paid in monthly installments. Housing is not provided. TO APPLY: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references (at least one should be familiar with your experience/skills working with youth) as a single document to: Claire Stuyck at ASI.science@aksongbird.org. Applications will be reviewed until a candidate is selected.
  10. AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS needed for bird surveys in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Are you interested in adventure, great birds, and exploring the desert? If you are answering yes, this may be your ticket to a season in the Southwest. Thanks to a new funding opportunity, we will need several technicians ASAP to conduct riparian landbird surveys on the lower Colorado River for Great Basin Bird Observatory. The field season will begin in early April and run through mid-June; dates for technicians are flexible. Duties will include area searches of all breeding birds, avian territory mapping, and data entry on tablets and ArcGIS. The most competitive applicants will have at least one field season of experience surveying passerines by sight and sound (preferably southwestern birds). The ability to hike in very hot and sometimes difficult conditions (e.g. dense vegetation, standing water), good communication skills, and a willingness to live and work with a large field crew are essential. Couples with experience are encouraged to apply. Surveyors will be hired as seasonal temporary GBBO employees and paid $1800-$2200/month depending on experience. Field vehicles and housing (combination of field house/apartment and some camping) will be provided. Please send a brief cover letter (highlighting bird survey experience and your availability) and resume (including the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 3 references) to Dawn Fletcher (email dawnmariefletcher@gmail) as soon as possible. Positions will be open until filled.
  11. GMEC is seeking multiple field biologists for their Buffalo, WY, field office. Previous experience conducting avian surveys within the western region is required. Avian-related field work will include conducting greater sage-grouse lek counts, avian point counts, migratory surveys, raptor nest searches, and raptor nesting occupancy/productivity surveys. Avian surveys will make up the bulk of field work; however, surveys will also be conducted for other sensitive small mammals, herp species, plants, and wetland habitats. Wetland delineation experience is a plus. Travel is a large part of the position. The individual will be stationed out of Buffalo, WY, but may conduct surveys across Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and Colorado. One position would start immediately with a focus on point-counts. Other positions would start at the end of March and last through summer 2019 with the potential for extension. Salary: DOE Qualifications · BS in wildlife biology related field · Previous experience conducting avian surveys · Extensive experience identifying avian species in the western region · Individual must be in good physical condition capable of hiking long distances through variable terrain · Experience operating off-road vehicles, hauling trailers, and navigating through remote areas · Comfortable working independently and conducting avian surveys in extreme temperatures Preferred Qualifications · Experience conducting avian point counts · Experience conducting raptor nesting/breeding surveys · Experience conducting surveys for other species of concern, sensitive species, and T&E species within the western region · Experience operating ArcGIS as well as Microsoft Access and Excel software · Wetland Delineation experience (a plus!) If interested, please send resume to Katie Taylor at ktaylor@gmecwy.com and Jacob Hourt at jhourt@gmecwy.com. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions regarding this position 307-684-2112. About Grouse Mountain Environmental Consultants…. Grouse Mountain Environmental Consultants (GMEC) is an independently owned and multi-disciplinary natural resource consulting firm whose comprehensive blend of disciplines and years of experience allow us to provide solutions to unique and contemporary issues. GMEC began operations in 2006 located in Buffalo, Wyoming at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. We started out by providing federal oil and gas permitting and environmental consulting services to the Powder River Basin region of Wyoming and Montana. Since that time, we have grown to a diverse group of permitting specialists, wildlife biologists, NEPA specialists, ecologists, range management specialists, and GIS analysts that manage a wide variety of projects through the Rocky Mountain West and Great Plains Regions. Our services include federal and state oil and gas as well as renewable energy permitting; wildlife and T&E species surveys and support; third-party NEPA preparation; rangeland health assessments and monitoring; Storm-Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) creation and inspections; reclamation planning and implementation, wetland delineations; and Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) assessments of streams. Our team has extensive experience working with private landowners, federal and state entities, and private industry on a variety of natural resource related projects. Several of our employees’ have backgrounds in farming and ranching as well as previous employment with a variety of government agencies including USDA-NRCS, USDA-USFS, WY-DEQ and USDI-BLM which allow GMEC to approach projects with a perspective that facilitates cooperation between the involved parties and aids in the development of plans that are mutually acceptable to all involved. GMEC team members have extensive experience working with various agencies across a broad range of environmental applications for the past 10 years. We pride ourselves in the relationships we develop with our clients, our staff’s integrity, and the quality of our work.
  12. needed for ~6 weeks, beginning ~May 4, to assist with spot-mapping density surveys of Cerulean Warblers and other target species in the Daniel Boone National Forest near Morehead, KY. We will also search for returning color-banded Cerulean Warblers and attempt to recapture any encountered birds that were geolocator-tagged in 2017 as part of a range-wide migratory connectivity project. Ability to identify eastern forest songbird by sight and sound is required, and previous experience with spot-mapping and/or point counts is preferred. Those with experience target-netting forest songbirds and with experience working with Cerulean Warblers will be given preference. There will be ~2 weeks of vegetation and habitat surveys, and so ability to identify eastern trees is also desired. Strong applicants will have a passion for bird conservation, be capable of working in a rugged forested setting (with steep slopes, dense vegetation, etc.), and work well in teams. Field vehicle is provided and we will be camping at a developed campground on a lake (Zilpo Campground). Pay is $2250 for the ~six-week field season. Please send a cover letter highlighting your related field experience, a resume/CV, and contact information of three references to: Doug Raybuck at the University of Tennessee (email draybuck@vols.utk.edu).
  13. Corvus Ecological Consulting is seeking a few qualified field biologists for a project looking at the interaction between Common Ravens and desert tortoise in Mojave National Preserve, CA. All applicants should have an interest and basic knowledge of avian communities with particular emphasis on raptors and Common Ravens. Duration of employment will be from approximately April 1 through mid June. Work is full time up to 12 hours per day Monday through Friday. Applicant will be part of a team, but will also be required to work alone so good communication skills are essential. Field workers will be required to camp (often alone) in remote portions of the study area. Workers may be asked to perform a variety of tasks on various projects, so flexibility is necessary. Work will include driving over rough unmaintained roads, hiking in rough terrain, and dealing with temperature extremes. A per diem will be provided in lieu of housing and fieldworkers may opt to stay in a hotel from time to time. We seek applicants with the following qualifications: • Prior avian field experience and demonstrable birding skills • Prior camping experience and possession of personal camping equipment • Minimum of B.S. in Biology and 2 years of experience in field ornithology • Ability to work independently at remote field sites • Skill and experience with topographic maps, GPS units, and compass. • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and experience driving 4WD vehicles. • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail • Communication skills, the ability to work well with others, and a healthy dose of common sense are paramount for a successful candidate • Genuine interest in birds and plants and a desire to collect quality data in a timely manner. • Data collection is performed on a smart phone or other handheld device, so good eyesight and an ability to use this technology is crucial to success. The following qualifications are preferred, but not required: • Prior field experience with desert tortoise • Prior experience in the Mojave Desert of Southern California or Nevada • Advanced birding skills • Personal field equipment such as gps units, binoculars, spotting scopes, laptop computer and ipod Touch or smartphone (Apple or Android) • Familiarity with Garmin’s “Basecamp” software • Experience with field data collection using Pendragon FormsVI or other handheld data collection systems • Wilderness First Responder training Hourly compensation will be competitive plus a per diem stipend. If a candidate has a reliable 4WD vehicle a fuel card will be provided as well as a wear and tear stipend (reimbursed expenses for use of a personal vehicle). Otherwise a vehicle will be provided. To apply please send a cover letter, résumé, and list of 3 references with phone numbers and email addresses to jobs@corvusecological.com. In the subject line, indicate that you are interested in the raven project position. No phone calls please. References, cover letter and résumé should specifically address the qualifications outlined in this announcement and the candidate’s experience with any or all of them. The preferred method of attachment is as a single document or a zip file of separate documents.
  14. Turnstone is a small, locally-owned environmental consulting firm. We help our clients protect and manage shared natural resources with solutions that are practical, forward thinking, and built on a foundation of good science. We are passionate, motivated, and team-oriented professionals who all started as seasonal field technicians ourselves and now strive to be leaders in the wildlife field. ' Turnstone is currently hiring 2-3 field biologists and one field crew leader to conduct avian and mollusk surveys in NW Oregon. These positions are considered full-time seasonal. Surveys will be conducted for the marbled murrelet, a threatened species of seabird that nests primarily in coastal old growth forests, and a variety of terrestrial mollusk (snail and slug) species. Surveys for both follow an exacting protocol, and surveyors will be required to work independently during both pre-dawn and daytime hours in remote areas. The work involves extensive travel, hiking off-trail in the dark (occasionally long distances), navigating forest terrain, and enduring regular periods of inclement weather. Surveyors will be stationed in or near Willamina, Oregon. Positions begin early to mid-April and run through late July, with the possibility of extension. Training and surveyor certification will be held prior to the start of surveys. Opportunities to work on other projects after the end of the season may be available for the excellent employee. Salary is $2350-3200/month, depending on experience and position. Free field housing is provided for the duration of work, with the potential for occasional camping. A company-owned work vehicle will be provided; surveyors that use a personal vehicle for project activities will be reimbursed via a monthly stipend of $750. Applicants should have a completed B.S. degree in wildlife biology or a closely-related field. A minimum of one year of field experience is strongly preferred. Marbled murrelet and/or terrestrial mollusk field survey experience is highly desirable but not required if the applicant has self-motivation, enthusiasm for the project goals and learning and/or improving identification skills, and an ability to tackle the rigors of field work and the unique demands of living in a group setting. A portion of the daily work is pre-dawn and all of the work can be physically and mentally demanding. An ideal candidate will possess all of the following characteristics: A consistent track record of working in a safe and efficient manner. Excellent field skills: orienteering, GPS, map-reading skills. Avid hikers with an ability to tackle the rigors of field work who are comfortable hiking alone in off-trail terrain in the dark and/or inclement weather. Working knowledge of western bird identification by sight and sound. The ability and willingness to spend long hours in the field and work odd hours, including early morning. Integrity, quality, and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols. The ability to record accurate, legible and reliable field data. Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently or as part of a team. A valid driver’s license and the ability to navigate forest roads and operate a 4WD vehicle. Applicants must have normal vision and hearing, with required proof (hearing screen results) to be submitted prior to the start of work. Successful candidates will gain outstanding experience in field ornithology, endangered species surveys, and advanced field skills, and get a chance to see what a lifelong career in environmental consulting could look like, all while working closely with a diverse team of other motivated folks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! To apply, please complete an application through the employment section of our website. EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. These positions will remain open until filled, but application review and hiring is underway. http://www.turnstoneenvironmental.com
  15. The ~125 million-year-old Early Cretaceous fossil beds of Los Hoyas, Spain, have long been known for producing thousands of petrified fish and reptiles (Fig. 1). However, researchers have uncovered an extremely rare, nearly complete skeleton of a hatchling bird. Using their own laser imaging technology, Dr. Michael Pittman from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong and Thomas G Kaye from the Foundation for Scientific Advancement in the U.S. have determined the lifestyle of this ~3cm long hatchling bird by determining the previously unknown feathering preserved in the fossil specimen (Fig. 2). View the full article
  16. Armed only with gloves and large sacks, park rangers and volunteers are battling the scourge of plastic waste blighting the idyllic Galapagos Islands and their unique creatures. View the full article
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  18. Job Wrap Up Upload survey Closeout job (update service software) Update District Manager Complete expenses Relocate bird Retrieve Bird (on site) Travel to the store Observe activity Inspect store for entry points Evaluate environment (net site selection) Capture bird (work the process) Interact with store employees and customers Document activity (pictures) Interact with store manager Remove bird nest Complete survey Determine follow-up activity Escalate issues as needed Use ladders & lifts to retrieve birds Team Meridian Update availability calendar On-going training Maintain licenses (wildlife, drivers) Improve technological aptitude Team communications (email and phone) Participate in monthly company call Participate in every other week one-on-one with District Manager Participate in every other week training session Pursue professional development (scorecard progress) Attend quarterly performance reviews Live core values Job Preparation Maintain gear (labeling, neatness, fresh batteries, assess functionality, replace as needed) Respond to availability request Prepare for job (do homework) Coordinate with team
  19. The International Day of Forests is marked by an important step forward in the environmental impact of the natural rubber industry, with the launch of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber, and BirdLife as a Founder Member.View the full article
  20. Primary Function: Conduct basic and applied research in the area of Avian Ecology. Job Description: The Avian Field Technician will assist with ongoing bird and plant-related research. Duties will include; conducting point counts for Illinois birds, using playback recordings to detect focal species, collecting environmental DNA samples, assisting in woodpecker and wetland bird capture and banding, entering data, and assisting with report preparation for the contracting agency. Qualifications: College coursework in Ornithology, Conservation, Ecology, or related field. Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural Resources, or related field is preferred. A minimum of one season of fieldwork is required as well as one or more years of experience identifying birds migrating along the Mississippi Flyway by sight, song, and call. Will require working in adverse field conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects, etc.), travel (including driving to and from research sites) throughout the state of Illinois working irregular hours and overnights. Must be able to hike over uneven terrain while wearing equipment weighing up to 30 pounds. Must be able to work a flexible schedule. Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and have the ability to operate large pick-up trucks. Wage: $14-16 per hour. Position Availability: April 2019 – December 2019 Application: To apply please combine a cover letter, resume or CV, and list of three references (with emails) in a single PDF and send to Anastasia Rahlin at rahlin1@illinois.edu. Indicate in Subject line of the email “Avian Field Tech 2019.” Applications will be reviewed as they come in and a hire may be chosen at that time. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.
  21. Despite its attempts to live a secretive life, the migration route of the endearingly rotund Common Quail leaves it subject to illegal trapping. Action is needed - with your help we can halt their decline and protect many other bird species at the same time.View the full article
  22. Female birds age more slowly and live longer when they have help raising their offspring, according to new research from the University of Sheffield. View the full article
  23. Opportunity for international collaboration for shorebird biologists based in countries of Latin America. English level not relevant. Oportunidad de colaboración para biólogos enfocados en aves playeras basados en países de América Latina. El nivel de inglés no es relevante.
  24. Field assistants are needed to study the extra-pair matings of a medium sized passerine - Hair-crested Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus) - in central China. We start this project from 2008 with ~70 colour-ringed pairs monitored in each year. This project is focusing on the trade-off for males between providing parental care and pursuing extra-pair matings. We found attractive males decrease incubation attendance only when they have more extra-pair mating opportunities (# nearby fertile females). And their partners incubate more to make a compensation. This year we will test whether sexual selection play a role in this process. The assistants will work with a postdoc from Australian National University & Sun Yat-sen University for the whole breeding season. Duties will include nest searching, mist-netting and banding birds, blood sampling, manipulating the condition of parenting birds, tracking bird movement with GPS tag, behavior observation and record, as well as any other works involved in the field. Previous experience with birds is preferred and basic training such as mist-netting and bird banding will also be provided. Personal study project that under the general project is supported. Volunteers are expected to spend near three months on the work, have strong interest in avian behavior, physically fit and be willing to work for long and irregular time in the field, and share rooms with others. All expenses in China during work period (i.e. housing, foods, and local travels, etc) will be covered, but there is no salary, and the assistants are responsible for their travel to and from China. Volunteers will have opportunities to learn avian field research skills, see many Chinese endemic bird species (for example Reeves's Pheasant), and experience the Chinese tradition and culture. To Apply: Please send a cover letter (highlighting the date you could come and the period you could stay) and a resume (including the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least 2 references) to Dr. Lei Lv (EM: lvlei1004@gmail.com). Feel free to contact Lei with any questions you might have. Number of Openings: 4
  25. A team of scientists led by Alida Bailleul and Jingmai O'Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported the first fossil bird ever found with an egg preserved inside its body. Their findings were published on March 20 in Nature Communications. View the full article
  26. The school climate strikes show that young people want to fight climate change, but their enthusiasm for collective action is largely untapped. A volunteer conservation army could mobilise their talent and passion by channeling it into work to restore ecosystems. View the full article
  27. A new study reveals that young hen harriers in England suffer abnormally high mortality compared to populations in Orkney and mainland Scotland and provides compelling evidence that the most likely cause is illegal killing in areas associated with grouse moor management. View the full article
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