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  2. Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows. View the full article
  3. Recent findings have shown that many birds formerly classified as one single species are actually separate species in their own right. But what do these >1,000 new species mean for bird conservation? BirdLife’s Ashley Simkins explains his new study.View the full article
  4. The Migrations initiative at Cornell University aims to cultivate new collaborations that advance science, scholarship, teaching, outreach, and engagement in ways that generate new insights into critical problems. We wish to provide a stronger evidentiary basis for policy and to place Cornell University at the forefront of migration studies around the world. Migrations Postdoctoral Fellows may conduct research in any discipline, including the natural, quantitative, and social sciences, humanities, and the creative arts, as well as interdisciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplines. The Fellows will be selected from a global pool of applicants based on their research’s promise for cultivating dialogue, nurturing collaboration across academic disciplines, and integrating, synthesizing, and building upon existing disciplinary contributions to migrations research, broadly conceived. The candidates will also be evaluated based on how their research during the fellowship could benefit from and contribute to efforts by the Migrations Grand Challenge to advance Cornell’s position as a global leader in the study of the movement of people, plants, and animals. For more information and how to apply, please visit: https://einaudi.cornell.edu/migrations/call-postdoctoral-fellows
  5. A new study has found that crows living in large social groups are healthier than crows that have fewer social interactions. View the full article
  6. An international team of scientists working with Heliconius butterflies at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama was faced with a mystery: How do pairs of unrelated butterflies from Peru to Costa Rica evolve nearly the same wing-color patterns over and over again? The answer, published in Current Biology, forever changes the way evolution is understood. View the full article
  7. We are looking for 4 volunteers from EU and other ESC programme countries to spend 10 months in Croatian protected areas! This is an excellent European Solidarity Corps opportunity for 4 young persons (aged 18-30) to gain voluntary experience in carrying out fieldwork for a number of wild bird conservation projects in Croatia and learning to promote nature conservation within the local communities. The project aims to to help save endangered bird populations and strengthen communities on the isolated Croatian islands to promote positive attitudes towards nature conservation and sustainable development. Applicants must be passionate about nature conservation, have good teamwork skills, be fit and able to live and work in remote locations on challenging terrain, and are ready to step outside of their comfort zone. Successful applicants will be positioned in a series of locations in Croatia including remote islands and the Učka Nature Park. Successful applicants will also be asked to carry out a range of tasks including monitoring seabirds from boats, participation in invasive mammal eradication, bird ringing, and organising and running public engagement activities (including for children). Bird identification skills and driving licence desirable. Ability to communicate in English or Croatian Essential. Start: 1st February 2020 End: 30th November 2020 Where: Croatia – Islands, Nature Parks Organisation: Association Biom (Croatian BirdLife) Activities: Nature conservation, fieldwork, public engagement, vulture care, volunteer camp coordination. Accommodation, food, & transport arrangements The volunteers will have shared or individual (depending on circumstances) accommodation provided at every working location during their project. Many of these location will be isolated or in very small communities of people. – All project travel costs for relating to the project incurred by the volunteers will be reimbursed. – The volunteers will get a pre-determined monthly allowance (pocket money) and money to cover their food expenses. Applications open until 20th November For more information please see https://www.biom.hr/en/vijesti/prilika-za-volontiranje-u-sklopu-europskih-snaga-solidarnosti-2/
  8. Job Summary The primary responsibility these positions is to assist in planning and conducting wildlife surveys and habitat enhancement/protection activities on Travis County-managed tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Main duties will focus on Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo surveys, invasive plant control, fire ant control, feral hog trapping, cowbird trapping, GIS/data management, and deer surveys. Additional duties include assisting on a variety of land stewardship activities such as boundary inspections, trail maintenance, fuel reduction activities, rare species/karst surveys, and public outreach events. Distinguishing Characteristics: This is the first in a series of three natural resources-related job classifications within the Professional Support job family. This classification is distinguished from other classifications by entry level of work required. This classification may require a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department. Duties and Responsibilities Assists in planning and conducting natural resources management protection and enhancement projects on lands owned or managed by Travis County, including monitoring and maintaining projects, conducting biological rare species monitoring, directing and implementing problem species control programs, collecting base line survey data on plant and animal species, coordinating habitat restoration for endangered species, and maintaining preserve infrastructure. Assists in providing geographic information system (GIS) mapping support for management and maintaining GIS databases for land management activities. Maintains and updates maps. Assists in researching and developing methods and protocols, or improves methods for natural resources management. Researches issues pertaining to natural resource protection and coordinates or works with other agencies or professionals to improve methods and project management for development and enforcement of statewide regulations. Assists in compiling and analyzing field data in the form of public presentations, technical written reports, special materials, annual reports, land management plans, protocols and checklists for the general public. Evaluates data results with regard to impact on natural resources management. Assists in conducting education and outreach to the general public. Provides public with in information on natural resources protection and preserves. Disseminates information to landowners, managers, and other public agencies that uses the preserves and parks as research sites. Assists in serving as an advisor and consultant for County parks and staff on a variety of natural resources issues. Performs other job-related duties as assigned. Minimum Requirements Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Ecology, Biology or a directly related field or directly related increasingly responsible demonstrated experience in natural resource management; OR, Any combination of education and experience that has been achieved and is equivalent to the stated education and experience and required knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this job. Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: Valid Texas Driver's License. Preferred: Pesticide Applicator License. ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS) geoprocessing experience. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of: Standard theory, principles, practices and techniques of land management protection and enhancement projects. Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines. Policies, practices, procedures and terminology related to land management protection. Computer equipment to include word processing, windows, spreadsheets and databases, ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS) hardware and software, and related applications. Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation. Skill in: Using ArcView Geographic Information System (GIS). Using biological monitoring and censusing, and wildlife control equipment. Explaining complicated technical problems in simple non-technical language. Problem-solving and decision-making. Both verbal and written communication. Ability to: Manage time well, perform and prioritize multiple tasks, organize diverse activities, and implement environmental research and projects. Meet deadlines and produce projects in a timely manner while working on several projects at once. Managing data in geodatabases. Work as a team member within a diverse organization. Use hand and power tools. Research, compile, analyze, interpret and prepare a variety of memorandums or reports. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and officials, representatives of outside agencies, and the general public. Work Environment & Other Information Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 20-50 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to driving, standing, walking/hiking (some rough terrain), good vision and hearing, sitting, repetitive motion, carrying, lifting, crouching/crawling, vision to monitor, pushing, reaching, and stooping, kneeling to perform the essential functions. May work in extreme temperature/weather change/conditions, and smoke on prescribed or wild fires. Maybe subject to contact with dangerous machinery, fumes, communicable/infectious disease, and hazardous chemicals. This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position. Department: Transportation and Natural Resources. Location: Natural Resources Field Office, 9512 FM 620 North, Austin, TX Work Hours: Work hours will vary. The hourly rate for this position as $17.80 This position is temporary seasonal and has no benefits. No Housing Provided. Four 6-month positions are posted. It is planned for two to start in January and two to start in Feb/March. Criminal, Driving, Education, and Employment Background Check Required. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/traviscounty/jobs/2626851/natural-resources-technician-temporary?keywords=natural resources&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs
  9. In ancient Egypt, sacred ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a new study. View the full article
  10. The Department of Biology in the School of Arts & Sciences is seeking an Assistant Professor of Biology. We seek candidates with areas of expertise in botany, organismal biology, molecular biology, genomics, general biology, and animal physiology. Other specialties will also be considered. The faculty member will teach general biology courses and labs, as well as classes in their area of expertise. Excellent teaching is required. Limited research with undergraduate students is expected.
  11. Next time you visit your hairdresser spare a thought for the pigeons. View the full article
  12. Here are some of the grants and awards from our funding database with due dates coming up in January: American Society of Naturalists Grant, $2000, Ph.D. candidates https://www.amnat.org/awards.html#SRA Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, $5000, South Carolina high school students accepted to a wildlife or related university major http://hamptonwildlifefund.homestead.com/scholarship.html Holohil Grant Program, CDN$2500+shipping for transmitters, https://www.holohil.com/grant-program/ Oregon Wildlife Foundation Grant, $5000, for conservation projects in Oregon https://www.myowf.org/grants Seattle City Light Wildlife Research Grants, $5,000–65,000, for wildlife research in the Skagit River area and Northern Cascades http://www.seattle.gov/light/environment/wildlifegrant/ Search the funding database for more grants with upcoming deadlines, and happy grant writing. https://ornithologyexchange.org/funding/grants/ **Note: sponsors update their websites all the time. I try to keep all of the links in this database active. If you find one that is broken, please let me know.
  13. For more than 3.5 billion years, living organisms have thrived, multiplied and diversified to occupy every ecosystem on Earth. The flip side to this explosion of new species is that species extinctions have also always been part of the evolutionary life cycle. View the full article
  14. While reports of species going extinct are sadly becoming common, an international team of scientists has identified a new species of bird living on the Southern coast of China, that diverged from their Northern relatives around half a million years ago. View the full article
  15. The jewel in the crown of Arabia’s biodiversity is under threat. Often dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, the unique Socotra archipelago is an Important Bird & Biodiversity and UNESCO World Heritage Site of global importance for its endemic wildlife and rich ancient cultures, but action is needed before modern-day pressures change these ancient islands forever.View the full article
  16. Please note that we will be closing the application acceptance period for this position at 8 PM EST on 13 November 2019. Thank you, everyone, for your enthusiastic interest in the project!
  17. NORTHERN SPOTTED OWL MONITORING INTERNSHIP at Point Blue Conservation Science Location: Marin County, CA. Duration: March 2 to June 30, 2020 (possibly extending through July). Deadline: December 1, 2019 Position Type: Internship Position Description: Interns (2) needed to assist in the Northern Spotted Owl monitoring project at Point Blue Conservation Science on the California coast, in Marin County. We have been studying this dense breeding population of Northern Spotted Owls since 1997. Fieldwork includes determining site occupancy, nesting status, and reproductive success. The intern will participate in inventory surveys at new locations, monitor long-term sites, and will also be responsible for data entry. The intern will become proficient in field protocols for monitoring Spotted Owls, orienteering, and identification of owls and other local bird species. The intern will also become familiar with current conservation topics, including climate-smart principles, via weekly paper discussions and presentations. Any use of personal vehicles for field work will be reimbursed. The intern is needed from March 2 to June 30 (this position may be extended as late as July 31 for a Barred Owl study). Local housing is provided. This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($1400 per month, gross). Qualifications: A strong interest in birds and conservation, self-motivation, a sense of humor, and the desire to spend long hours in the field and office are required. The field schedule is variable and involves working at night and during the day. Applicants should have good hearing abilities, and have the ability to traverse long distances through steep and uneven terrain with some poison oak. Participants must be able to work independently as well as with a partner. A functioning pair of binoculars is required. Applicants will need a driver's license, a personal vehicle, and current proof of insurance. To Apply: Submit applications via email including a letter of interest describing previous experience with field research, a resume, and contact information for three references to RENÉE CORMIER (EM: rcormier@pointblue.org; PH: 415-868-0655 ext. 416). In your letter of interest, please state your dates of availability, and whether or not your vehicle is AWD (AWD not necessary for all interns). Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.
  18. The generation of species-specific singing in songbirds is associated with species-specific patterns of gene activity in brain regions called song nuclei, according to a study published November 12 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Kazuhiro Wada of Hokkaido University in Japan, and colleagues. According to the authors, the findings could be a promising step toward a better understanding of the contribution of multiple genes to the evolution of behaviors. View the full article
  19. Position Summary Within Audubon Nebraska, there are two centers. The first is the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (SCP) which focuses on grassland bird conservation by restoring and maintaining the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The second is the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary (Rowe) which focuses on conservation of the Platte River ecosystem and the birds that rely on it. Sustainable conservation is dependent on an environmentally literate and engaged community at each Center, so the Audubon Nebraska education team is expanding local education and engagement opportunities in the communities surrounding each Center with emphasis on the cities of Lincoln, Denton, Crete, Kearney, and Gibbon. Education programming spans from elementary to adult age groups and strives to engage new and underserved audiences. Audubon Nebraska seeks to hire a Conservation Education Young Leader that will work primarily at SCP but will also spend time working at Rowe. This is a full time opportunity that will span 1 year. The Conservation Education Young Leader will assist in education and outreach programming as well as volunteer coordination and community science projects. This individual will also be responsible for building community connections and partnerships to increase the use of native plants through Audubon’s Native Plant PRO program that includes community proclamations, community resolutions and ordinances that favor native plant use. By the end of the twelve months, the Conservation Education Young Leader will have introduced many new people to prairie and riverine ecosystems, local trails, and education centers; and provided steps they can take to improve habitat. This individual will also receive training in ecosystem restoration techniques such as invasive species removal, prescribed burns, and grazing. Hands on experience is a cornerstone of this opportunity and this individual will also spend one week at an Audubon Center in another state to expand their experiences and network. Audubon Nebraska is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women. Essential Functions The Conservation Education Young Leader will participate in and lead education and outreach programming as well as volunteer coordination and community science projects at both Audubon Centers. Help implement education & outreach plans. Work closely with education & outreach leads, state and Center staff, and volunteers. Assist with creating and facilitating public programs, as well as off-site outreach programming, focused around Audubon’s strategic priorities and initiatives: Bird-friendly Communities; Water; Climate; Working Lands; Plants for Birds; Community Science; and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Meet with community officials regarding native plant use within local communities. Identify opportunities for additional native plant use in local cities and towns. Work with volunteers to increase awareness of native plant benefits for birds locally. Meet with local plant nurseries to increase available native plants for landscaping. Assist with creating and facilitating school field trip education programs. Assist with leading summer camp programming and activities for overnight and day camps. Assist with updating and enhancing education curriculum guides, focusing on summer programs and pre-K programs. Work with all staff and volunteers to participate in community science projects like monarch monitoring, Climate Watch, bird surveys, etc. Assist with visitor center operations ranging from welcoming visitors and general maintenance to the creation of program signage and outreach materials. Assist with creating and facilitating public outreach activities about the Prairie Corridor on the Haines Branch project and the Kearney Outdoor Learning Area project. Assist with volunteer coordination including volunteer data management, volunteer recruitment, and retention and training events. Receive on-the-job and/or formal training opportunities in environmental education; curriculum development; outdoor safety; equity, diversity, & inclusion practices; wildlife management, etc. Project leadership opportunities available for individuals with advanced experience in using social media platforms; software design; and iNaturalist, eBird, and other community sciences applications. Opportunity to develop and complete an independent project or public program focused on Audubon priorities. Qualifications and Experience Degree preferred. Experience or training in science, environmental education or natural sciences will be considered in lieu of education. High school diploma and 1-2 years of training or education in a science-related field, environmental education, natural sciences, or related field. Excellent oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary. Must be people-oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent Audubon Nebraska and the network to the public. A positive attitude and a good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and part of a team, when needed. Must be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment. Some/Occassional evening and weekend hours required. Must have access to a reliable vehicle and current valid driver’s license with ability to provide for own transportation to Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, Nebraska, when necessary. Ability to work for extended multiple days at Rowe Sanctuary. Travel between centers will be compensated. Ability to follow instructions from colleagues with a willingness to work alone or with volunteers, with little supervision, and at irregular hours. Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather. Fluency in Spanish not required, but strongly preferred. Enthusiasm for living and working in a rural environment strongly preferred. APPLY: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4226/marian-langan-conservation-education-young-leader/job
  20. A cache of 118 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur and bird feathers has been recovered from an ancient lake deposit that once lay beyond the southern polar circle. View the full article
  21. Title: Stewardship Director Position Class: Leadership FLSA Status: Full Time/Exempt/Salary Reports to: Chief Conservation Scientist (CCS) Direct Reports: Stewardship Coordinator (2) Purpose: Manages the Stewardship Team to implement proactive, voluntary conservation efforts to improve habitat for wildlife across private lands of the Great Plains and Intermountain West. Member of the BCR Leadership team. About the Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (BCR) is a 501-c(3) non-profit headquartered at the Environmental Learning Center at Barr Lake State Park with a satellite office in Fort Collins and fieldwork outposts in the Great Plains Region. BCR conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of Science, Education, and Stewardship. Our work radiates from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. We are seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking leader to oversee the management, implementation, and strategic growth of our Stewardship program. The director will work with two Stewardship Coordinators, 14 Private Land Wildlife Biologists, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to implement on-the-ground conservation delivery. The Stewardship Director will be based in Fort Collins, CO. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: ● Provide coaching, mentoring and leadership to Stewardship staff ● Provide management and financial oversight of Stewardship program: timely completion of project deliverables, contract oversight, budgeting, reviewing proposals, grants and manuscripts ● Communicate and collaborate with stakeholders to promote land conservation, including serving on committees, boards and working groups as agreed upon by Executive Leadership ● Strategic oversight, development and implementation of stewardship programs ● Guide program growth through partnership network, grant writing and development activities Other Duties: ● Work with CCS to implement cross team collaboration with science and education programs via regular communications and interactions on strategy, proposals, partner development, etc. ● Ensure stewardship practices meet wildlife and habitat needs through effectiveness monitoring ● Other duties as assigned Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted): ● MS degree in a conservation related field preferably Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, Human Dimensions or Biology with five+ years of progressive experience ● Five years’ experience supervising staff with direct reports ● Experience with total life cycle of government grants and contracts ● Understanding of Farm Bill Conservation Programs ● Knowledge of non-profit standard business practices preferred ● Proven track record in building and maintaining partnerships with broad spectrum of stakeholders ● Strong communication skills both written and verbal along with excellent interpersonal skills ● Strong understanding of wildlife and range management principles ● Working knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Great Plains and Intermountain West ● Experience and understanding of habitat restoration practices and voluntary conservation on private lands ● Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple deadlines ● Flexibility to work occasional evenings, weekends, overnights ● Willingness to travel locally, regionally and potentially internationally ● Proficient in Microsoft Office Physical Demands / Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. ● Ability to work in a standard office setting, with considerable sitting, standing and viewing of computer ● Mid-level stress ● Requires reaching continually throughout the workday (mouse, keyboard, telephone) ● May include lifting up to thirty (30) pounds of project gear on an infrequent basis- proper lifting techniques required ● Able to stand, walk, and hike for extended periods of time outside in all weather Material and Equipment Directly Used: ● Standard office equipment (e.g. laptop, printers); PC with MS Office software applications ● Various habitat restoration and enhancement materials (e.g. stock tank ladders, fence markers) ● Navigate to field sites and record data using GPS, smartphones, tablets, or other technology To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume and contacts for three references in ONE document to applicants@birdconservancy.org with “Stewardship Director” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Preference will be given to those applications that are submitted before December 16th, 2019.
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  23. Deadline to apply extended 2 weeks, until Nov 22 2019 POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN SPATIAL & MOVEMENT ECOLOGY (ID# 19546) with the Hawai‘i Cooperative Studies Unit (HCSU) and USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC), Hawai‘i. Research involves analyses of movement data collected using Automated Radio Telemetry Tracking Networks from multiple avian studies across the Hawaiian and Mariana Islands. Expected analysis includes Point Process Models to characterize space use, resource selection, and temporal patterns in avian movement behavior; develop models to characterize activity patterns from continuous tracking data; and incorporate spatial information with movement data to evaluate covariates of movement behavior. Develops analytical pipelines using standard approaches from recent ecological literature, as well as developing novel approaches to analyzing telemetry data. Works with research team leads, project collaborators, and species experts to ensure sound interpretations of movement and spatial analysis, taking both lead and supporting authorship roles on multiple publications. Careful attention to data management and analysis documentation important. Trains and assists others in data management and analysis. PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: PhD from an accredited college or university in Wildlife Biology, Biostatistics/Biometry, Quantitative Ecology, Biology, or other quantitative field. One to two years of experience in wildlife movement modeling, including spatial analysis. Experience using remote sensing data for habitat and species distribution models, as well as handling large spatial databases and geographic information system (GIS) software. Experience with applied statistics/data analysis and study design, preferably movement analysis, population modeling, and database management. Demonstrated scientific writing experience and strong communication skills. Expertise in the statistical analysis of animal relocation data, including knowledge of R programming language. Additionally, experience with avian field studies and animal tracking desired, as well s familiarity with Hawai‘i wildlife, island populations, and climate change conservation issues. MINIMUM MONTHLY SALARY: $4,335/Mon. TO APPLY: Please go to www.rcuh.com and click on “Job Postings”, and search for position # 19546. You must submit: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) References, and 4) Copy of Degree(s)/ Transcript(s)/ Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date of November 22, 2019 (closing date may be extended 1 week depending on number of applications received – check website for updates). For inquiries, please contact Sharon Ziegler-Chong at 1-808-932-7981.
  24. Job Description: Oregon State University and collaborators at USFWS are seeking one field technician to assist on a research project studying reproductive success in Hawaiian gallinule (Gallinula galeata sandvicensis) at Hanalei NWR on the island of Kauaʻi from mid- March to the end of June 2020. This endangered sub-species of Common gallinule is endemic to the Hawaiian islands and now restricted to Oahu and Kauaʻi; recent estimates suggest that approximately 75% of all birds occur on Kauaʻi, and most at Hanalei NWR. The refuge is unique in that it has two main habitat types; managed wetlands and commercially farmed taro; a culturally significant plant that is grown in flooded fields that provide shallow water for foraging wetland birds. The project seeks to study the influence of habitat type on nest and brood success to fill critical information gaps for managers on the refuge and recovery of the species statewide. We seek a self-motivated, energetic individual with prior field ornithology experience to help locate and monitor wetland nests using Reconyx cameras, capture a sample of gallinule using walk-in and live traps, characterize habitat, and assist researchers in banding and transmitter attachment. VHF telemetry and color band resighting will be used to locate and observe gallinule broods, requiring a degree of patience and persistence. Technician will follow detailed protocols to collect high quality data, review photos, and enter and verify data. Applicants must be in good physical condition and possess a positive attitude as work will include long days walking transects in wetland units in changing conditions from hot sun and high humidity to sustained downpours and flooding. Navigation will be on foot, by 4WD vehicles and/or ATV’s, so the ability to navigate with a map and GPS, a valid driver’s license, and a good driving record is required. Applicants must be able to work independently and in a team environment, be able to communicate efficiently, and be flexible with changing schedules or duties. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience working with waterbirds, nesting ecology and/or VHF telemetry. Compensation: 40 hours per week at $13/hr; round trip plane ticket, on-site shared housing in a USFWS bunkhouse. To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume that includes the names and contact information for three references to Bryn Webber at bryn.webber@oregonstate.edu with “Hawaiian Gallinule Technician Application” in the subject line of your email.
  25. New Zealand is a key area for understanding the diversity of the extinct penguins and has even revealed the existence of 'giant' penguin species (larger than living penguins). A new study describes a remarkably complete giant penguin skeleton from the Oligocene, Kawhia Harbour in the North Island of New Zealand. View the full article
  26. Position Summary: Working collaboratively with the BLM, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two (2) AmeriCorps Wildlife Monitoring Technicians to help address key management tasks related to multiple projects within the Applegate Field Office in Cedarville, California. Through this opportunity, the successful applicants will be exposed to the operations of a federal land management agency charged with a multiple-use and sustainable-yield mission. The Technicians will gain a greater understanding of how policy decisions are formulated, gain hands-on experience with natural resource monitoring protocols and field techniques, enhance skills related to data collection and behavioral observations, as well as actively participate in formal trainings related to first aid, off-highway vehicle operation, and the BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Strategy. The primary project focus will be the Greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and thus technician responsibilities may include participating in lek counts, assisting with habitat use research as needed, and conducting vegetation monitoring (e.g., line point intercept). An outcome of these field exercises is providing BLM management with the necessary data to assess whether planned habitat improvement projects can move forward to the implementation phase. Upon completion of this position, the Wildlife Monitoring Technicians will be better prepared to take on additional responsibility in fields related to rangeland management, wildlife biology, or public land management. Applicants seeking to apply for graduate school will have compelling experience and real-world knowledge to apply to their application. Location: Founded in 1864, Cedarville, California is a small mountain town of 500 people located in the northwest corner of Modoc County just to the east of the Warner Mountains. A multitude of recreational opportunities are available in the surrounding areas as the town sits in Surprise Valley on the border of Modoc National Forest and South Warner Wilderness, two and a half hours from Lassen National Forest, and three and a half hours from the Black Rock Desert. Compensation: This is an AmeriCorps position; members will receive a total living stipend for the season in the amount of $12,060. This is not an hourly wage and is allocated to members every other week (approximately $950 biweekly before taxes) throughout the service term. Upon successful completion of their AmeriCorps service, members shall receive a Segal Americorps Education Award in the amount of $3,047.50 that can be applied to qualifying student loans, tuition at Title IV accredited colleges, and potentially other educational expenses. Housing available at no cost to the member. Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for by the Great Basin Institute and available starting the first day of service. Timeline: · Late February/Early March – Late August/Early September 2020 (25 weeks) · Full-time, 40 hours per week Technical requirements: · Bachelor’s degree or coursework and experience in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or a related field; · Field experience that included adhering to field data collection protocols and accurately recording field data; · Office experience that included data entry and report writing; · Knowledge of wildlife ecology and plant taxonomy including use of technical keys; · Familiarity with wildlife species in the area; including threatened, endangered, and sensitive species; · Ability to use a GPS unit for navigation and data collection; · Experience using ArcGIS to create maps, analyze data, and organize layers preferred; · Experience in habitat evaluation and collection of vegetation data preferred; and · Experience in conducting avian surveys and nest monitoring preferred, particularly for gallinaceous species Additional requirements: · Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record; · Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted; · Experience operating UTV’s preferred; · Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 40 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; · Willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field; · Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., pre-sunrise mornings, late nights past midnight); · Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; · Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and · Ability to meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (limit of four terms or the equivalent of two full-time education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules, regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service Agreement; and (5) not engage in any prohibited activities as listed in the Member Service Agreement. How to Apply: Qualified and interested applicants should follow this link to apply directly through our online portal: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careers/careers.aspx?rf=OSNA&req=2019-ACI-064 Mobile link: http://crcareers.thegreatbasininstitute.org/careersmobile/careers.aspx?rf=OSNA&req=2019-ACI-064 We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.
  27. The concept of a canary in a coal mine – a sensitive species that provides an alert to danger—originated with British miners, who carried actual canaries underground through the mid-1980s to detect the presence of deadly carbon monoxide gas. Today another bird, the emperor penguin, is providing a similar warning about the planetary effects of burning fossil fuels. View the full article
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