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  2. Start Date: 12/1/2021 End Date: 8/31/2022 (with possible extension after a 1-month separation) Description: The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking a field technician for the NC Bird Atlas! This position will be based in central North Carolina (Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Rocky Mount, Fayetteville, or surrounding areas). Technician will be responsible for conducting point counts and coding breeding behaviors following appropriate protocols. Additional duties may include data entry, reviewing eBird checklists entries, assisting with community outreach and programming, and private landowner outreach for access. Some night and weekend work will also be required. Work vehicles and all necessary field equipment will be provided. Housing will not be provided; however, lodging and per diem will be provided while working remotely in the field. Technicians should expect extensive travel, frequent camping, long pre-dawn days, inclement weather, biting insects, and hot, humid days during the summer and cold temperatures during the winter. The field season will begin with a short training/calibration in visual and acoustic bird ID skills and our specific protocols (Raleigh, NC or virtual). Pay: $15-$20/hr (DOE) + per diem. These positions are not overtime eligible. Qualifications: Technician must be able to identify North Carolina birds by sight and sound. At least one full season of prior field experience, preferably with avian point counts, and the ability to work independently in remote areas, is required. Must be willing to work early mornings, travel extensively, and potentially camp in isolated areas. Valid driver’s license and good driving record required. Technicians will be expected to follow all NC/NCWRC COVID-19 guidelines. To Apply: send an e-mail with “Lastname_Firstname_2021_NCBA_tech” as the subject line and attach a single document using the same title including a cover letter and resume (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) detailing your interest and qualifications, names and contact information (email and phone) of 3 references to Kristopher Smith: kris.smith@ncwildlife.org.
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  4. WHOOPING CRANE OUTREACH COORDINATOR Over the past 45 years, The International Crane Foundation (ICF) has grown from the dream of two college students to a world-renowned conservation effort to save the world’s cranes and the flyways and habitats they frequent. The successful candidate will be a conservation minded individual who will bring their outreach experience to the world of Cranes. If you are not currently a crane enthusiast do not worry you will become one fast in our mission-based organization. What is it like to work at ICF? Prepare to be surrounded by people who are passionate for our mission, dedicated to the organization and engaged with their fellow staff and associates. Our campus is located on 200+ acres of rolling prairies with trails. ICF operates a zoo that features all 15 of the world’s cranes. The salary range is $42,000 to $45,000, plus a nice benefit package. You will play a critical role in promoting and expanding our mission across the U.S. and 55 countries around the world. Does this sound like you? Position Summary: The Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation by providing the leadership of initiatives necessary to preserve and grow Whooping Crane populations. The effort involves engaging individuals and conservation partners willing to assist with the awareness and protection of Whooping Cranes. The Coordinator will work with all stakeholders to develop awareness and caring for Whooping Cranes and develop their commitment to safeguard Whooping Cranes; areas of emphasis will be communities in states where reintroduced Eastern Migratory Population (EMP) of Whooping Cranes occur. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Develop and coordinate Whooping Crane behavior change campaigns and evaluate their impact in partnership with social scientists. Identify needs and gaps in the initiatives and adjust as necessary for effectiveness. Build and maintain partnerships with communities in Whooping Crane flyway states. Key partners will include state agencies, US Fish & Wildlife Service, hunting clubs and organizations, birding groups, conservation nonprofits, and private businesses. In partnership with social scientists, assess the knowledge, values, and behaviors of community members towards Whooping Cranes in areas where Whooping Cranes occur. Evaluate the impact of ICF’s outreach work on knowledge, value, and behavior and modify initiatives to ensure effectiveness. When Whooping Crane shooting cases occur, lead efforts to work with law enforcement, journalists, local advocates, prosecuting attorneys, and judges to ensure tougher sentences for perpetrators. Communicate, through written materials and presentations for different audiences, information about Whooping Cranes and why their protection is important. Audiences will include school groups, civic organizations, hunting groups, and birding/conservation clubs. Work with journalists to promote Whooping Cranes in print and online publications. Identify and engage community outreach agents and work with them to design and implement a Whooping Crane awareness and protection initiative. Additional Duties: Supervise and train interns, LTEs, and full-time staff at headquarters and remotely off-site. Provide mentorship and seek opportunities for interns and LTEs to grow their skillsets and networks. Develop annual work plans and budgets. Manage budgets from multiple sources with different spending timelines. Review and approve monthly expense reports for employees. Assist in raising funds for the initiatives through grant proposal writing and reporting, donor solicitation in partnership with the development team, and identifying funding sources through a network of partners. Coordinate Human Dimensions of Crane Conservation internal discussion group at the International Crane Foundation, including international staff. Provide a leadership role in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums – Saving Animals from Extinction, Whooping Crane Program. Core Competencies: Demonstrated experience with project management and independently leading projects, providing metrics of milestones and meeting deadlines. Demonstrated community leadership and ability to work with a diversity of stakeholders in communities. Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and coordinate the actions of diverse groups of stakeholders using both in-person and remote access approaches. Excellent verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups; listening effectively; responding well to questions from the general public. Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to effectively draft correspondence and reports in a clear, concise, logical, and grammatically correct manner; and ability to vary writing style to meet the needs of the audience and media. Experience with grant writing or other forms of fundraising. Qualifications Required: Bachelor’s Degree in a biological field, communications, sociology, or other relevant field, and preferably three years related experience. Ability to travel up to 50% of the time, including travel in Wisconsin and flyway states. During travel, work outside of normal business hours will be required. Experience and comfort using word processing, spreadsheet, email, and power point software (MS Office), internet search engines, and remote meeting platforms. Ability to adapt quickly, effectively, and continually to changes in work duties, processes, and technologies, and give attention to detail and thoroughness. Valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record. Preferred Qualifications: Work as a constructive member of a team and commitment to the free sharing of information and technical expertise as needed. Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust; and work with integrity. Experience working with volunteers to achieve desired results; delegate work; train and encourage skill development; access and provide feedback on individual performance. Experience working with hunters, youth, and rural audiences. Experience with various form of media; cameras/photography, film editing or the development of multi-media education tools and managing social media accounts for a business or organization. Physical Abilities and Work Environment: The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to operate computer and phones. Ability to communicate with fellow staff, donors, and the general public. Communication will include both one to one communication and small and large group communication. Must be able to remain in stationary position for 5-7 hours a day. Occasionally required to lift and move items up to 20 pounds. Occasionally required to move throughout the building and throughout the site. Work Environment: Office environment with a comfortable climate and limited noise. Occasional travel. To apply send resume and cover letter to ICFjobs@savingcranes.org Please put Outreach in the subject line. “ICF is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We hire great people regardless of background. “ ICF is an equal opportunity employer
  5. Positions for 3 technicians to assist with research on the behavior and habitat use of wild turkeys in Illinois are available with a tentative start date on or around January 10th, 2022. One position will have an end date of June 30th 2022 with the other 2 positions ending March 31st 2022 (although these could be extended by 1-3 months if there is a need and successful applicants are interested). Primary responsibilities for all positions will include trapping, radio-tagging, and tracking wild turkeys and remotely downloading data from their transmitters. Additional responsibilities for the position that runs through June 2022 will change throughout the season and include, but are not limited to: evaluating data for incubation activity, assessing nest fate, conducting vegetation surveys, nocturnal bird surveys, conducting camera trapping surveys for mesocarnivores, data entry, and contacting private landowners to obtain access for research activities. The research is being conducted in close collaboration with scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and scientists and land managers at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. All candidates must have completed a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resources, Zoology, or a related field. An interest in wildlife ecology and conservation, the ability to work independently and as a team member, willingness to work early mornings and possibly weekends, ability to lift 50 lb bags (corn), drive 4x4 trucks, and the capability to conduct field work under adverse conditions, are necessary. It is expected that applicants are capable of occasionally walking several miles in a given day carrying packs of equipment over uneven terrain. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a standard background check. The details for the positions are as follows: Technicians - Preferred applicants will have some previous experience in radio-telemetry and handling wildlife (particularly turkeys), and will be proficient with computer programs (GIS, Google products, Office products), and handheld GPS units. Candidates for the six-month position will be expected to begin work on or around January 10th, 2022 and the position will tentatively end June 30th, 2022, with the possibility of extension depending on funding. Candidates for the three-month positions will be expected to begin work on or around January 10th, 2022 and the positions will tentatively end March 31st, 2022. Salary Range - Techs $12 - $16 per hour depending on experience. Housing and field vehicles provided. Shared housing will be located near Shelbyville, Illinois approximately 0.5 to 1 hour away from field sites. To apply: Submit by November 30th, 2021 a single PDF (Save as: your last name_first name.pdf) that includes: 1) a letter detailing your interest, qualifications for the position, and availability for the position of interest, 2) curriculum vitae 3) names and contact information for three references (direct supervisors ONLY) to Dr. Jeff Hoover at j-hoover@illinois.edu. Please indicate which position you would prefer: three or six month position. Applications will be evaluated in the order received, and the positions will be filled immediately as suitable candidates are found. Applicants not selected will be notified after positions have been filled.
  6. Job Description: The McConnell Lab at Mississippi State University is seeking a qualified technician to assist with graduate research focused on wintering birds in Mississippi longleaf pine forests from January 4th-May 1st. Technicians will be responsible for surveying abundance of Bachman’s sparrows, additional focus songbird species, and vegetation characteristics at the Marion County State Wildlife Management Area near Columbia, MS. This project aims to examine the effects of dormant and growing season fire on Bachman’s sparrows and other southeastern avian species of concern. There is some flexibility in start/end dates but applicants that are able to begin early January and end early May will be given preference. Job Duties Include: 1.) Surveying vegetation via transect surveys 2.) Conducting point counts of Bachman’s sparrows and several other focus avian species 3.) Resighting banded Bachman’s sparrows during point counts, passive searches, and incidental observations throughout the field season 4.) Deploying Audio Recording Units (ARU’s) throughout the study site 5.). Maintaining, collecting, and uploading data from ARU’s throughout the field season 6.). Entering and proofing data in Microsoft Excel There will be possibilities for banding and/or nest searching experience later in the field season. Applicants with banding or nest searching experience are encouraged to apply. Preferred Applicants: 1.) Hold or are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology or a similar discipline 2.) Have experience confidently identifying southeastern birds by sight and sound 3.) Have experience re-sighting color-banded passerines 4.) Are capable of conducting field work in sometimes difficult conditions (i.e., heat/humidity, stinging/biting insects, venomous snakes, feral hogs, uneven terrain) Technician positions are $10/hour and 40 hours/week with housing provided. Housing will be provided at the Marion County WMA headquarters. Technicians will need to bring their own field gear (binoculars, sturdy boots, backpack, etc.). A field vehicle will also be provided throughout the season. To Apply: Email a single PDF titled: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_BACS.PDF including (1.) a cover letter detailing your experience, interests, and qualifications, (2.) your resume/CV, and (3.) contact information for three references to Michael Warren at mdw651@msstate.edu (please reference “BACS 2022” in the subject line).
  7. The University of Florida, the State of Florida’s flagship university and ranked No. 5 among the nation’s top public research universities by U.S News and World Report, is home to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the official state museum of Florida. The Florida Museum’s mission includes stewardship of 40 million specimens and artifacts, award-winning exhibitions, diverse public programs, and emerging virtual and digital engagement. The research and collections programs of the Department of Natural History are world class and attract about $10 million annually in government and philanthropic support. Florida Museum is a national and international leader in biodiversity informatics, enhanced by its formative role in iDigBio, the national hub for digitization of natural history specimens. The Florida Museum Division of Ornithology contains a world-class avian skeleton collection (~29,000 specimens of >3,200 species), ~26,000 bird skins representing ~2,600 species, and one of the world’s leading sound collections with ~27,600 catalogued and fully digitized recordings representing ~3,000 bird species. More information on these resources is available through the databases on the webpage of the Division of Ornithology. The Florida Museum supports a rich research community studying vertebrates in neontological, paleontological, and anthropological contexts. In addition to collections at Florida Museum, this research is facilitated by UF resources for genetics and genomics, 3D-imaging, and research field stations. The Florida Museum, a college-level unit within UF, is a vibrant community of about 300 employees, including 32 full-time faculty, UF undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and museum collections, education, and administrative support staff. The Florida Museum enjoys cross-campus collaborations with many of the 16 UF colleges, including those of potential relevance to this new faculty position: Agricultural and Life Sciences (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences), Education, Engineering, Journalism and Communications, Libraries, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Qualifications We seek to hire a creative scholar whose research and teaching are specimen-based and focus on birds. We invite candidates who address questions in the broad field of Ecology and Evolution and that would make use of the Florida Museum Ornithology collections. An ideal candidate will contribute to the museum’s goals of understanding, preserving, and interpreting biological diversity, and whose research offers opportunities for integrative collaborations with other faculty and divisions within Florida Museum. We especially encourage applications from candidates who contribute to the diversity, inclusivity, and excellence of the academic community and who have experience working with underserved and/or underrepresented students, scientists, and communities. Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field, conduct specimen-based research on birds, and have evidence of excellence in research. Salary is competitive and negotiable based on experience. Application Instructions Interested applicants must apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/ Applicants must submit (1) cover letter; (2) full curriculum vitae, including lists of peer-reviewed publications and grants received; (3) research statement describing the applicant’s current and planned research; (4) statement providing the applicant’s experience with museum collections and their vision for curating, using, and growing the Ornithology collection; (5) statement about the applicant’s experience with teaching and outreach; (6) statement describing the applicant’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or service; and (7) list of the names and email addresses of a minimum of three professional references (do not send letters). Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered official if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For inquiries concerning this position, contact Dr. Scott Robinson, Search Chair, srobinson (at) flmnh.ufl.edu. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law. Equal Employment Opportunity Statement At Florida Museum, we strive to create a more diverse and inclusive student, faculty, and staff experience at the University of Florida. As a university-based museum, we believe it is essential that we, as educators, develop pathways for learners of all ages and wide-ranging audiences toward increased diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in STEM and Humanities disciplines and workforces. We are committed to the ongoing self-reflection and work needed to serve students from historically underrepresented groups within the greater University of Florida community, especially through student mentorship, teaching, and experiential learning opportunities. Candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the UF community are encouraged to apply. The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.
  8. Alabama Audubon’s COASTAL OUTREACH MANAGER will serve as the organization’s public face in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, with a particular emphasis on RP3-STEW activities. As a key member of our coastal team, the Coastal Outreach Manager will work in close consultation with Birmingham and Coastal staff to: 1) develop and implement outreach programs aimed at helping coastal communities learn about, steward, and care for sensitive bird populations; 2) recruit, retain, and engage both conservation and outreach volunteers in Mobile and Baldwin Counties; 3) develop and maintain key partnerships with coastal stakeholders; 4) ensure that Alabama Audubon maintains a vigorous and effective public presence in our state’s coastal communities. Core responsibilities The Coastal Outreach Manager will be the primary staff member responsible for: ∙developing and implementing year-round outreach programs in support of Alabama Audubon’s mission on the Gulf Coast; ∙recruiting, retaining, and managing program volunteers in Mobile and Baldwin Counties; ∙developing and maintaining key partnerships with coastal stakeholders, including but not limited to government agencies, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations; ∙working with the Outreach & Communications Director to communicate information about our coastal conservation work to the general public and to specific stakeholders; ∙coordinating and conducting beach-nesting bird stewardship training events (both online and in person) ∙serving as the public face for Alabama Audubon programs in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Basic qualifications The Coastal Outreach Manager must possess: ∙a deep commitment to Alabama Audubon’s core mission, and to the inclusive philosophy upon which our work is based (alaudubon.org/about); ∙exceptional people skills, including an enthusiastic desire to work with socio-economically, racially, and geographically diverse communities; ∙experience with, or a strong willingness to learn more about, the birds of the Alabama Gulf Coast; ∙at least two years of experience working in a nonprofit, business, or governmental setting; ∙comfort using macOS, as well as proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); ∙excellent time-management skills, including the ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary; ∙a positive, team-oriented attitude and a comfort working with a range of personality types; ∙a willingness to travel, including on occasional overnight trips; ∙a willingness to submit to a background screening, as well as satisfactory screening results; ∙a valid driver’s license and independent, reliable means of transportation. This is a non-exempt, salaried, twelve-month position funded in part through a contract with the National Audubon Society. (The Stewardship of Coastal Alabama Beach Nesting Bird Habitat project is supported by the National Audubon Society through funding from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.) Continuation of this position past April 2024 is contingent on new funding. In response to federal Covid-19 vaccine mandates, upon hiring for this position, employee may be required to confirm vaccination status, absent an exemption basis allowed for by law. It is the policy of Alabama Audubon that all persons are entitled to equality of opportunity in all areas of employment regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, religion, veteran status, genetic information, or other legally protected status. Please go to alaudubon.org/careers for more information about the position and how to apply.
  9. Job description: Need two field technicians to assist with Cerulean Warbler research in Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe state forests near Bloomington, Indiana from approximately May 1, 2022 through mid- to late July 2022. Primary duties include conducting point count surveys and intensive nest searching and monitoring. Technicians will record the locations of Cerulean Warblers, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Blue Jays, American Crows, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and must know or be able to quickly learn the vocalizations of these birds. Other duties include conducting vegetation surveys, entering data, assisting with bird banding, and re-sighting color-banded birds. Must have personal vehicle, hiking boots, rain gear, backpack, binoculars, and other personal gear to use in the field. Must follow COVID-19 guidelines that include mask wearing, physical distancing, and possibly driving personal vehicle to conduct field work which is eligible for mileage reimbursement. Technicians work 6 days per week for approximately 40 hours/week. Provided are housing in shared cabins and a weekly stipend of $400. South-central Indiana offers abundant outdoor recreational opportunities and the field housing is in close proximity to Bloomington and Nashville, Indiana. There may also be the option for technicians to assist on other ongoing projects. Qualifications: Must have strong work ethic and positive attitude, interest in birds and conservation, and strong observational and listening skills. Must have hearing and an eye for detail with extreme patience and perseverance to locate camouflaged nests high up in the canopy. Ability to locate tiny birds quickly using binoculars, identify bird species by sight and sound, and navigate using a GPS, compass, and topographic map. Must be physically fit and able to tolerate long work days beginning at sunrise, hike several miles per day on steep, uneven terrain, and work in hot, humid conditions with ticks, chiggers, poison ivy, and the occasional rattlesnake. Ability to follow directions and work well independently and as part of a small research team. Must have (or working towards) a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field. A valid U.S. driver’s license is required with a clean driving record. Must be a U.S. citizen. Preference will be given to applicants with experience conducting forest bird surveys, searching for/monitoring songbird nests (especially for canopy-nesting species), passerine banding, strong bird identification skills in the field, and knowledge of Indiana trees and vegetation. To apply: Please send a cover letter discussing your qualifications, including your field work experience and skills, resume, and contact information for three references in a single document with “Cerulean Warbler Field Tech. Position” in the subject line of the e-mail to both Lara Jones at ljones13@bsu.edu, and Bethany Darby at bjdarby@bsu.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.
  10. A Ph.D. position in avian conservation ecology is available in the Şekercioğlu Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology lab, School of Biological Sciences, University of Utah for highly-motivated biologists experienced in working independently. The application deadline is December 1, 2021. There is no application fee or GRE test requirement. Prospective applicants should visit our lab website http://sekercioglu.biology.utah.edu/ and read some of our papers on https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cagan_Sekercioglu before emailing c.s@utah.edu. The Ph.D. student will be expected to undertake population biology and conservation ecology analyses on our long-term bird banding datasets from Ethiopia, Turkey, and Utah, and to lead bird banding at some of these locations. Having extensive field experience and a bird banding license will be a plus, but not required. There will also be opportunities for conducting avian macroecology, conservation, biogeography, life history, and evolutionary meta-analyses based on our global bird database, covering all the world's bird species and updated continuously. The University of Utah Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology program provides five years of Ph.D. funding and has strengths in various fields. Our Global Change & Ecosystem Center provides opportunities for broad interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. https://www.biology.utah.edu/graduate-admissions/ http://environment.utah.edu/ Students are encouraged to seek external Ph.D. funding opportunities such as NSF Graduate Fellowships or EPA-STAR Fellowships, and will have much better chances of acceptance with one. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Çağan H. Şekercioğlu University of Utah School of Biological Sciences www.sekercioglu.org https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cagan_Sekercioglu
  11. A field technician is needed to assist in a secretive marshbird research project primarily in the Big Bend Region of the Florida panhandle. Free field housing can be provided at Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, Florida. Recurring overnight stays will be required at some sites where lodging will be provided in cabins and Airbnbs/hotels. A field vehicle and all equipment needed to conduct fieldwork are provided. This position is mostly field oriented, but will include some office time for data entry, QA/QC and processing vegetation. Fieldwork will involve, but is not limited to: Conduct broadcast-call surveys of Black Rails and other target marshbird species in coastal saltmarshes in mornings and evenings Conduct nocturnal-drag line surveys to locate, capture, and band Black Rails and Yellow Rails Conduct habitat and vegetation surveys following standard protocols Performing transects for both overwintering and breeding marshbirds Conducting habitat and vegetation measurements Banding overwintering marshbirds and target netting for Seaside Sparrows Re-sighting of color banded Seaside Sparrows Potentially using telemetry to radio track target species during disturbances and locate nest sites This position is expected to work 40 hours per week from early-to-mid January through the end of July with potential for extension. Hours will be irregular, including early mornings and late evenings, and will require some flexibility due to weather. Pay will $15 per hour. Our team is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. We are fully focused on equality and ensuring an environment that affords respect to all types of peoples. Required Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a related natural resource field or 2-3 years of similar fieldwork. Candidates must be able to work in harsh conditions (extreme heat, mud, biting insects, dangerous reptiles) for long periods and maintain a positive attitude. Must be comfortable working solo and in pairs, and working irregular hours, such as early mornings and late evenings. Attention to detail is critical. Must be familiar with Florida wetland bird ID by sight and sound before training commences. All applicants must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record and preferably have experience with 4WD vehicles. Previous experience conducting point counts/transects and re-sighting color banded birds is desired, but not required. Previous experience in marsh settings or working with marshbirds is also desirable. Application deadline is December 15. To apply: Please email a cover letter, CV, and three references to Heather Levy at hlevy@talltimbers.org
  12. Want to study birds in the Congo Rainforest in Equatorial Guinea, Africa?!?! We are looking for a volunteer to help a PhD student ath Louisiana State University with their field research this coming January and February 2022! Research is on a group of specialized forest birds called ant-following birds, which include Afrotropical thrushes (Turdidae), Old World flycatchers (Muscicapidae), greenbuls (Pycnononotidae), and other passerines from the superfamily Sylvioidea. These birds follow massive swarms of predatory Driver ants (Dorylus), foraging on fleeing insects flushed up by the ants. Although ecologists have been studying Neotropical ant-following birds for decades, we know virtually nothing about the ecology and behavior of their Afrotropical counterparts. We do know that globally, these birds are among the most sensitive tropical forest birds to forest fragmentation and degradation. And with tropical forests being destroyed at alarming rates, understanding the mechanism behind their decline will be vital to conservation efforts. The goal of this project is to better understand the behavior of Afrotropical ant-following birds, how they differ from their Neotropical counterparts, and how these differences might help explain their vulnerability to forest destruction. Field work will include lots of hiking and following around birds. Experience is preferred, but not necessary. What is necessary is a positive attitude, strong work ethic, respect for and effective communication with others. Because working in the rainforest is tough, a positive attitude is non-negotiable. There will be biting insects, venomous snakes and sometimes rain and hot, muggy weather. If you are willing to put up with that, in return you'll get a truly remarkable experience and see some amazing birds in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Field housing will be (relatively) luxurious –hot running showers, a roof over our heads, a bed and ceiling fan– and is within walking distance of our field sites. Food will be prepared by a local cook, please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions. Internet will be limited, but accessible. Specifically, field work will consist of: 1. conducting a playback experiment and point count surveys - will need to be willing to learn local bird calls/songs and identification by sight and sound. 2. tagging and tracking birds using radio-telemetry - we will be mist netting, capturing, and outfitting birds with radio transmitters and tracking birds on a daily basis through dense forest vegetation. 3. observations of ant-following birds flocks and ant tracking ant colonies - work days will start before sunrise and involve a lot of hiking, so being physically able to hike in difficult terrain for long periods of time is very important. Must be willing to learn bird identification by sight and sound prior to starting field work in January. We will cover the cost of food and housing, but unfortunately, volunteers must cover their own flights to and from Malabo, Equatorial Guinea*. Field work will run from January 2, 2022 - March 3, 2022. I am willing to be flexible with the schedule, for the right person. *Minorities and members of underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply with potential for a stipend to partially cover your flight. If you're interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume along with at least 2 references to prodr16@lsu.edu with the subject line "Equatorial Guinea Volunteer 2022" by December 1, 2021. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
  13. Role: Assist with various aspects of the Road to Recovery effort to Bring Back 3 Billion Birds. Following the publication of the Rosenberg et al. (2019) paper on the Decline of the North American Avifauna, the authors and collaborators have been working to mobilize efforts across multiple areas (from targeting new science to understand causes of decline, to changing policy, communicating with the public, and leverage large-scale funding) in order to recover bird populations. The R2R committee seeks a current graduate student to work part-time to support and contribute to these efforts. Expected time commitment: 20 hrs/week Duration of position: 1 year Compensation: $15,000/semester or 30,000/yr Primary responsibilities Attend, note-take for, and contribute to weekly or biweekly meetings with Road to Recovery committee Maintain and develop Progress Toward Species Recovery database - through literature searches and outreach to species experts, contribute information on R2R priority species to determine where they fall along the recovery process; identify remaining knowledge gaps for priority species Organize and facilitate Road to Recovery workshop series or engagement sessions Create and distribute promotional materials (invitations, agendas) Coordinate speakers and pre-speaker meetings Manage workshop registration (e.g., send info and reminders to registrants, keep up with email requests and questions from registrants and attendees) Post-workshop: compile chat and Q&A, write and distribute workshop reports Create and give presentations at Partners In Flight working group and other meetings to update affiliated groups on R2R goals and progress Skills and qualifications: Must be a current graduate student (preferably Ph.D.) To Apply: For more information and to apply, send your CV and a cover letter to Dr. Peter Marra (Peter.Marra@georgetown.edu).
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  17. Are you interested in leading our editorial team, and determining the scope, direction and scientific content of the journal? The Waterbird Society is seeking an Editor-In-Chief for our journal: Waterbirds, The International Journal of Waterbird Biology. Please see full details at: https://waterbirds.org/news/ Priority will be given to applications received by 01 November 2021.
  18. The process of developing JFO into an Open Access journal The new relationship between AFO and Resilience Alliance comes after a two year process to find a new publisher for the Journal of Field Ornithology. The publications landscape has changed considerably in the last decade with a number of intersecting trends. Academic libraries are reducing their publications budgets and increasingly seeking to purchase bundles and not individual subscriptions. Accordingly, large for-profit publishers are shedding smaller journals to reduce their costs with the logic that journals like JFO are not vital in their bundled subscription model. At the same time, Open Access journals are growing exponentially, especially with countries like Germany investing heavily in supporting Open Access over for profit publishing. In light of these changes, Wiley, our partner for 10+ years, informed AFO that our contract to publish JFO would end in 2022. We here at AFO debated internally the equity-minded tradeoffs associated with an open access (OA) model, which allows scientists all over the world access, lowering their barriers to information. However, an OA model increases the barriers to publication for authors. Ultimately, the changing financial approach meant that no publisher had interest in publishing JFO except with an OA model. To minimize the impact of an OA approach, AFO has taken the following steps: (1) partnering with a vibrant non-profit to keep costs low, (2) having one of the lowest article processing charge of any organismal biology journal, and (3) developing a progressive waiver policy that provides coverage to more countries that most journals and allows for partial waivers across a wide range of US-based categories. AFO views these steps as a pilot and will be vigilant to the impacts and be ready to adjust as needed to ensure publication in JFO is available to the entire ornithological community. https://afonet.org/the-process-of-developing-jfo-into-an-open-access-journal/
  19. PAID INTERNSHIP IN AVIAN ECOLOGY March through August 2022 (exact dates flexible) conducting point count surveys and habitat quality assessments. This position is with the Archbold Biological Station’s Avian Ecology Program and Agroecology Program, based at Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch in central Florida. Buck Island Ranch is a 10,500 acre operational cattle ranch and experimental field station, with a research focus in applied ecology. We are part of the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network (LTAR, US-wide). The intern will spend 20 hours per week conducting bird surveys (point count and transect), habitat quality assessments, and data entry. In their remaining time the intern will work with senior scientific staff (primarily Dr. Angela Tringali, supported by Dr. Elizabeth Boughton) to develop and complete an independent research project. The project will culminate with a final report and oral presentation. Archbold internships are excellent preparation for those intending to pursue graduate school (see "The Postbac: One or two years that make careers," in Science Careers, from the 10 Aug. 2007 issue of Science). Applicants must · Have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or a related field · Identify birds by song and have experience conducting point counts · Be enthusiastic about living, working, and researching on an active cattle ranch in rural Florida · Work independently in the field, unsupervised · Conduct field work in high heat and humidity and tolerate biting insects · Diligently follow protocols and enter data accurately · Have a valid driver’s license and US citizenship or a US work visa Interns receive a $245 weekly stipend (subject to Social Security and Medicare deductions) and on-site lodging in a 2 or 4 bedroom house (no pets, no smoking, shared living space, private bedroom, covid-19 vaccination required). The ranch is located in rural south central Florida, 7 miles from Archbold Biological Station, 16 miles to the nearest grocery store and 19 miles from town, 5 miles of which is on an unpaved road. Applicants should be enthusiastic about living and working on a rural field station and cattle ranch in shared housing. A personal vehicle is recommended for the intern’s convenience, but is not required for the job or considered during hiring. The intern must comply with Archbold’s covid-19 prevention guidelines, which may include wearing masks in indoor work spaces and proof of vaccination to live in the provided housing. To apply, fill out the google form here and upload a single pdf titled with your surname that includes: (1) a cover letter detailing your relevant experience, research interests as they pertain to this internship, and how this internship will help you achieve your professional goals; (2) a resume or CV that includes the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of references who can speak to your birding, field work, and research abilities; (3) unofficial transcripts. Applications must be received before Nov 8th. For questions about the position or applying, you may contact Dr. Angela Tringali by email at atringali AT archbold-station.org. Archbold is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in ecology and agroecology. Additional information on internships at Archbold Biological Station, Buck Island Ranch, and LTAR can be found at the following webpages: http://www.archbold-station.org/html/research/internship/internship.html https://buckislandranch.org/ https://ltar.nal.usda.gov/
  20. I am seeking applications for one PhD student to join the Conservation Ecology Research group I lead at the Environmental Studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Fall 2022. Candidates should have experience with independent field research on birds, with a preference for applicants who have worked in tropical regions. Preferred applicants will have completed a master’s degree or have had a few years of independent research experience. The graduate project will involve bird tracking in agricultural landscapes, connectivity modeling, and spatial conservation ecology methods. Applicants should have experience using GIS programs (ArcMap, QGIS, R) and statistical programs (R, or other programming language). To apply, please email your CV and a one-page application letter answering the following questions: 1) describe previous academic and research training, particularly independent research; 2) what types of research questions would you pursue during your PhD?; 3) what are your career goals and why is a PhD important in reaching those goals? 4) why did you choose the Environmental Studies graduate program at UCSC and our research group in particular? to nocampop@ucsc.edu no later than Nov 30th. UCSC graduate applications close Dec 10th.
  21. New research led by academics at Royal Holloway, University of London, has revealed how the moisture-resistance of bird eggshells has evolved to thrive in different environments.View the full article
  22. Noisy miners are familiar to many of us on Australia's east coast as plucky gray birds relentlessly harassing other birds, dive-bombing dogs and people—even expertly opening sugar packets at your local café.View the full article
  23. After thousands of gallons of oil poured into the Pacific Ocean following the October 2 spill, agencies and volunteers have worked around the clock to mitigate the damage and stop the spread.View the full article
  24. We are seeking an Editor-in-Chief for our journal, Waterbirds, the International Journal of Waterbird Biology. This position will begin 01 January 2022, when the term of the current Editor has ended. In this role, you will oversee the peer review, editorial, and publication processes of the journal, and will work closely with the Managing Editor. You will also be a key contributor to building the journal’s reputation as a publisher of high-quality research. The new editor will begin receiving manuscripts in December 2021 during a one-month transition period when both Editors will work together. See the full job post for more details! .fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-0{width:100% !important;margin-top : 0px;margin-bottom : 0px;}.fusion-builder-column-0 > .fusion-column-wrapper {padding-top : 0px !important;padding-right : 0px !important;margin-right : 1.92%;padding-bottom : 0px !important;padding-left : 0px !important;margin-left : 1.92%;}@media only screen and (max-width:1024px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-0{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-0 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 1.92%;margin-left : 1.92%;}}@media only screen and (max-width:640px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-0{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-0 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 1.92%;margin-left : 1.92%;}}.fusion-body .fusion-flex-container.fusion-builder-row-1{ padding-top : 0px;margin-top : 0px;padding-right : 0px;padding-bottom : 0px;margin-bottom : 0px;padding-left : 0px;} View the full article
  25. Wildlife agencies throughout western North America have set increasingly more conservative harvest regulations over the past 25 years to conserve sage grouse, with mixed results for bird numbers.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/_Rs8KBFUjXcView the full article
  26. Overhunting depleted the population of American bison from tens of millions to fewer than 1,000 in the span of just the 19th century. With conservationists and ranchers recently reintroducing the species to U.S. grasslands, though, the American bison now numbers in the hundreds of thousands.View the full article
  27. The mission of the St. Petersburg Audubon Society is to advocate for ecosystems important to birds and other wildlife through education and conservation. SPAS is designed to: A. Function as a Chapter member of both The National Audubon Society and Audubon Florida. B. Provide educational programs and activities that are science based, foster an understanding of the natural world and promote a conservation ethic. C. Teach citizens to identify local and migratory birds so they can be effective environmental advocates. D. Engage in communication and outreach with members and the public. E. The purposes and objectives of SPAS shall conform to the provisions set forth in the Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c) (3).
  28. Our mission is to advocate for ecosystems important to birds and other wildlife through education and conservation The St. Petersburg Audubon Society (SPAS) is pleased to announce the 2022 Student Grants Program to support students with demonstrated interests in research and conservation that are relevant to SPAS’s mission (see above). The SPAS Student Grants Program seeks to assist outstanding students from the state of Florida who stand to make meaningful contributions to the conservation of natural resources. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at an institution in Florida Applicants must be majoring in biology, ecology, environmental policy, natural sciences, or a closely related field. Students who are conducting research relevant to the Tampa Bay watershed and SPAS’s mission are encouraged to apply. Projects should be limited to work within the state of Florida. Awards will range up to $1500. Please visit our website for details about the program: www.stpeteaudubon.org/Grants-Program
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