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  2. Three crew leads are needed to oversee and undertake field work conducting surveys for California spotted owls and barred owls in the northern Sierra Nevada, California. The position begins late April to early May, and will last until late-August. Pay is $16.50-$18.50/hour depending on experience. All members of the crew will deploy and retrieve autonomous recording units (ARUs), enter and analyze acoustic data, and perform routine maintenance of field equipment. A typical workweek is 35 hours. Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping is required during the week. Schedules will be irregular, but a typical week often consists of 2-3 days in the field, 1-2 days of office work and 2-3 days off. Much of the work will be solitary, but group work and cooperative living will also be required. Crew leads will be responsible for overseeing and scheduling work for technicians. They will also be responsible for keeping track of maintenance issues and working with the project manager to share data with partner organizations. The recent expansion of barred owls into the western US has had dramatic negative consequences for northern spotted owl populations. Barred owls are now increasing in abundance in the Sierra Nevada, the core range of the California spotted owl. This project will provide information vital to the successful management of both species at broad spatial scales in California. Must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances (typically under 0.25 mile) multiple times throughout the day. Additionally, must be capable of removing brush and other debris using hands and hand tools (provided) Must be able to drive highways and forest service roads, as well as hike off trail, alone, using a map and GPS (provided) Must be comfortable with the possibility of camping alone at night and having little to no interactions during the day for a few days at a time Must be able to follow detailed field protocols without supervision. Must have legible handwriting and able to enter data into computers without error Safe operation of a 4WD vehicle on unmaintained roads, and excellent judgement of when project protocols must be modified for safety reasons Basic first aid, ability to safely operate basic hand tools Hiring is contingent upon approval by the University of Wisconsin to drive a University vehicle Experience overseeing field crews an asset, but not required Applicants should submit resume, cover letter and CV at https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/503995/wildlife-technician-crew-lead. Questions can be referred to Kevin Kelly at kkelly29[AT]wisc.edu
  3. Thirteen field technicians are needed to undertake field work conducting surveys for California spotted owls and barred owls in the northern Sierra Nevada, California. The position begins early May, and will last until mid- to late-August. Pay is $14.18-$16.00/hour depending on experience. All members of the crew will deploy and retrieve autonomous recording units (ARUs), enter and analyze acoustic data, and perform routine maintenance of field equipment. A typical workweek is 35 hours. Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping is required during the week. Schedules will be irregular, but a typical week often consists of 2-3 days in the field, 1-2 days of office work and 2-3 days off. Much of the work will be solitary, but group work and cooperative living will also be required. The recent expansion of barred owls into the western US has had dramatic negative consequences for northern spotted owl populations. Barred owls are now increasing in abundance in the Sierra Nevada, the core range of the California spotted owl. This project will provide information vital to the successful management of both species at broad spatial scales in California. Must be able to drive highways and forest service roads, as well as hike off trail, alone, using a map and GPS (provided) Must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances (typically under ? mile) multiple times throughout the day. Additionally, must be capable of removing brush and other debris using hands and hand tools (provided) Must be comfortable with the possibility of camping alone at night and having little to no interactions during the day for a few days at a time Must be able to follow detailed field protocols without supervision. Must have legible handwriting and able to enter data into computers without error Safe operation of a 4WD vehicle on unmaintained roads, and excellent judgement of when project protocols must be modified for safety reasons Basic first aid, ability to safely operate basic hand tools Hiring is contingent upon approval by the University of Wisconsin to drive a University vehicle Applicants should submit resume, cover letter and CV at https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/503994/wildlife-technician. Questions can be referred to Kevin Kelly at kkelly29[AT]wisc.edu
  4. We are looking for 2 individuals who are interested in assisting with field work associated with an ongoing M.S. project examining survival rates and resource selection of northern bobwhites on Apalachicola National Forest. The study site is located right outside of Tallahassee, Florida in the Munson Sandhills. Job responsibilities include radio-tracking bobwhites via VHF telemetry, vegetation sampling, locating nests, assisting with data entry and other duties as assigned by the supervisor. Applicants should be prepared to work in adverse weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain) and around biting insects. In addition, applicants should be comfortable with regular heavy lifting (~50 lbs) and a long, irregular work schedule (some weekend work may be required). We are seeking someone who is independent, but can also work well in a team-setting, motivated and possess a positive attitude. Qualifications: 1. Interested applicants should have a B.S. in wildlife or related field or working toward a B.S. degree 2. An interest in game bird ecology and management 3. Knowledge in Southeastern U.S. plant identification is preferred, but not required 4. Previous field work, telemetry and ATV is preferred, but not required 5. Individuals must have a CLEAN (no points on license) driver’s license and have a good driving record 6. Experience with data entry using Microsoft Excel Benefits: 1. Free housing provided with utilities provided 2. Compensation: $230/week ($920/month) Internship positions are 16 weeks in length. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Two openings are available for: April 6 – July 27 and May 4 – August 24. Applicants encouraged to apply early. Positions open until filled. To apply: 1. Submit a 1-page cover letter clearly stating your research interests, career goals, and hobbies, along with earliest and latest dates available to work. 2. Detailed resume with a minimum of three references (please indicate your relationship to each) 3. Combine all documents into a SINGLE PDF file titled “LastName_ANFQuailIntern2020” and email to ssimons2@uga.edu Contact Person: Shelby Simons
  5. JOB ANNOUCEMENT Seasonal Beach-Nesting Bird Monitor Location: Martha’s Vineyard, MA Time Period: May 18th –Aug 18th Hours – Seasonal, full-time including weekends, holidays, and irregular hours Application deadline: 3/2/2020 Position Description: BiodiversityWorks seeks an assistant for our beach-nesting bird program. Responsibilities include: (1) locating, monitoring, and protecting nesting pairs of piping plovers, least terns, American oystercatchers, and black skimmers at ~18 sites, (2) collecting detailed biological data on all nesting pairs, (3) conducting predator management at some sites (4) public outreach and engagement, (6) communicating and coordinating daily with the shorebird coordinator via cell phone and in person, (7) communicating with private landowners and maintaining excellent relationships, (8) working with volunteers and interns (9) recording all monitoring data in field notebooks and electronic databases, (10) creating GIS/Google Earth maps from GPS data, (11) assisting with compilation of data for state census forms and summary reports, (12) participating in weekly meetings and naturalist training program, (13) creating a poster project and participating in our annual fundraising event. Requirements: A strong interest in birds, conservation, and management. Must be at least 18 years of age and working towards or possess a degree in wildlife biology, biology, environmental studies, or related field. Must possess a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and a reliable vehicle. Must be able to walk at least 1 mile in the sand while carrying up to 25 pounds and engage in strenuous outdoor work in summer weather – sometimes amidst biting insects (ticks, mosquitoes, flies). Must be able to work independently and communicate regularly via text message and email on smart phone. Good communication, computer, and organizational skills. Should work well independently or as part of a team. Must be willing to engage in humane box trapping or other capture methods for lethal control of a limited number of skunks and crows at nesting beaches. Desired Qualifications: At least one field season experience working with plovers, terns or oystercatchers. Familiarity with Martha’s Vineyard. Proficiency in using spreadsheets, Google docs, GIS or Google maps. Compensation: $12-$13.50/hour, plus ½ housing costs, cell phone stipend ($25/mo) and mileage reimbursement. Housing is a shared room at The Nature Conservancy Hoft Farm Field Station, ½ = $225/month To Apply: Please email a cover letter (that includes your career goals and dates available), resume, and list of three references to: Liz Olson at: lizb@biodiversityworksmv.org. All applications must be received by midnight on 3/2/20. Applicants will be selected for interviews by 3/13/2020. BiodiversityWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  6. Seeking a highly motivated avian field technician to assist with avian point counts and vegetation surveys from April 28 to July 10 (dates variable) . The data will be collected as part of a research project evaluating Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, and the avian community’s response to Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation projects that implement habitat management on private lands throughout West Virginia. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project (AFEP) implements forest management to improve Cerulean Warbler habitat on private lands in portions of their Appalachian breeding range. The Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Golden-winged Warbler Initiative began in 2012 and targets the creation and maintenance of high quality early successional habitats on private lands within Appalachian Golden-winged Warbler breeding range. We are monitoring the effects of AFEP management on Cerulean Warbler and WLFW management on Golden-winged Warbler throughout West Virginia to evaluate the effectiveness of each program at creating, improving, or maintaining habitat for both species, as well as the overall community. This position offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable field experience working with two high priority species for conservation. Fieldwork involves conducting 10-minute morning point count surveys for breeding songbirds and conducting vegetation surveys at point count locations on private properties enrolled in AFEP and/or WLFW throughout West Virginia. The selected applicant will be trained in all survey protocols prior to starting fieldwork. Additional work will include data entry and data proofing. The technician will be working closely and living with the supervisor/graduate student, Lincoln Oliver, throughout the field season but point count surveys will be conducted alone. Fieldwork will require early mornings and considerable travel time. A typical work week will involve working 40+ hours/week (6-8 hours/day) and working on some weekends with days off during inclement weather. Salary will be ~$1,700 - 2,100/month for 2.5 months. Field housing, including bunkhouses, cabins, apartments, and possibly tent camping will be provided and shared with the supervisor. Housing on days off/weekends and a field vehicle will be provided. First aid/CPR training and driver safety training will also be provided at no cost. To apply, please email a cover letter (1 page), resume/CV, and contact information for 3 references as a single document to Lincoln Oliver at lro0005@mix.wvu.edu. The application deadline is February 14, 2020. Interviews will begin as applications from qualified applicants are received. Qualifications: 1. Identify eastern USA birds by sound and sight (required) and avian point count experience (preferred) 2. Earned (or are working towards) a BS in wildlife, natural resources, or a similar field 3. Ability to navigate using GPS and maps in remote areas and in steep terrain 4. Ability and willingness to work independently or as part of a two-person team during early morning fieldwork 5. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record 6. Comfortable working on private lands and interacting with private landowners 7. Maintain a positive, upbeat attitude while working in challenging field conditions
  7. Founded in 2002, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is a private, non-profit cloudforest reserve in the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica. Beginning with the purchase of degraded farmland, Cloudbridge has been actively reforesting the area in order to connect the forests of the Cerro Chirripó National Park with adjacent nature reserves and forested areas. Beyond reforestation work, Cloudbridge is also committed to environmental education and conducting research on the unique and diverse cloudforest ecosystem. Cloudbridge Nature Reserve is looking for a research intern to conduct walking surveys to study mixed species foraging flocks (MSF) to start as soon as possible. MSF are a phenomenon that occurs around the globe, but is particularly present in the neotropics. Bird species have a tendency to flock to reduce predation pressures and increase foraging efficiency. MSF are vulnerable to forest fragmentation and as a result can be a good indicator of forest health. Positions last a minimum of 11 weeks. A stipend of $2 USD/day is provided to help cover accommodation costs. Training and guidance will be provided. Interns stay in one of our dormitories and share kitchen and living spaces with our other interns and volunteers. Dorms rooms cost $17 USD/night ($15 USD/night with the stipend). Some private rooms may be available (subject to current occupancy) for an additional fee. Food costs and cooking are the responsibility of the intern. A basic vegetarian diet typically costs around $4-6 USD per day. Duties and Responsibilities · Learn how to accurately ID, by sight, the 300 species of birds found in the reserve and pass a bird identification test within the first 2-3 weeks of arrival (study materials provided prior to arrival and onsite training provided), · Conduct walking surveys in accordance with provided protocol under the direction of the Bird Studies Lead and Scientific Coordinator, · Enter survey data into a Microsoft Excel database, · Give a presentation on the results at the end of the study period, possible report preparation and data analysis work (depending on skill level), · Greet visitors at the Welcome Centre (rota shared between all volunteers and interns), · Perform required cleaning duties in shared living areas, and, · Participate in reserve activities and community events. Qualifications · Keen interest in birds and birding; preference given to those with previous field identification experience (recreational experience accepted). · Schooling in ornithology, biology, wildlife or related studies, or relevant work experience an asset; preference for avian related experience. · Physically fit and able to hike 5-8 hours a day, 5 days a week in steep, high-altitude terrain. · First aid training and familiarity with Microsoft Excel an asset. · Good English communication skills; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Ability to communicate in Spanish an asset. · Must be able to commit to 11 weeks. · Minimum 18 years of age. · Able to pay for your accommodation for the duration of your stay ($15 US/night). · Able to pay the $200 USD good faith fee upon acceptance. This fee is credited towards the last two weeks of your accommodation fees. Skills/Abilities · Demonstrated ability to work independently. · Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to develop and maintain good relationships with others in a communal living environment. · Excellent attention to detail and adherence to survey protocols. · Strong time management skills. · Ability to persevere and maintain high-quality work in difficult environmental and physically demanding conditions. · Demonstrate good judgement and common sense in a wilderness environment. Locations/Working Conditions · Position is located in the montane cloudforest of the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica, adjacent to Cerro Chirripó National Park. · Survey trails are steep and at times difficult and narrow. River fording may be required. · Altitudes range between 1550 m (5085 ft) and 2200 m (7220 ft). · Work hours typically between 4:30 am and 12:30 pm, 5 days a week; some variation depending on survey route. · Required to work outdoors under varying weather conditions. Physical Requirements · Able and willing to hike 5-8 hours per day, 5 days a week, in steep and difficult terrain. · Able to work outdoors under varying weather conditions. To learn more about Cloudbridge, please visit our website at www.cloudbridge.org and check out the Volunteer/Research section (http://cloudbridge.org/volunteering/) for more detailed information on the research intern program. To apply, please submit your CV and two references, along with a brief cover letter to Jennifer Powell at jenn.powell@cloudbridge.org. In the cover letter, indicate you are applying for the Mixed Species Foraging Flock position, state when you would be available to start, and for how long you are available.
  8. This news and analysis are provided by the Ornithological Council, a consortium supported by 11 ornithological societies. Join or renew your membership in your ornithological society if you value the services these societies provide to you, including OrnithologyExchange and the Ornithological Council. Many, many moons ago, the USDA regulations exempted rats, mice, and birds from the Animal Welfare Regulations. After litigation in 2000, the USDA agreed to change its regulations to include rats, mice, and birds. However, before the USDA could promulgate regulations pertaining to rats, mice, and birds, the U.S. Congress, by way of a provision in the 2002 Farm Bill codified the exclusion of rats, mice, and birds. Unfortunately, a typographical error in the final legislation had the effect of excluding ONLY birds bred for use in research.** The Ornithological Council worked diligently to have the Congress correct this error and nearly succeeded but our efforts were thwarted by a very powerful animal rights organization. The USDA then began working on regulations to implement this new definition for several years. In 2004, the USDA APHIS Animal Care program published an advance notice of public rulemaking, asking for "comments from the public to help determine how we should regulate the care and use of those animals." The OC filed comments, suggesting, among other things, that given the number of wild bird species, the enormous variation among species, and the lack of experience and information pertainingto the keeping of most species in captivity that regulations would necessarily have to be very flexibleand nonspecific. Further, that inspection of field sites was unrealistic at best given that the USDA does not have enough inspectors, much less inspectors knowledgeable in field biology, to inspect field sitesand that it would be unreasonable to expect wildlife biologists to bear the costs of such inspections. Those comments and other information were considered by the USDA when writing the new regulations, which had been expected to be released by the end of 2011. However, at a December 2011 conference on Animal Welfare Act compliance in the context of wildlife biology, organized by OC and the American Society of Mammalogists, USDA officials announced that the proposed regulation, which was still under review within the USDA,would be delayed due to concerns about the ability of the agency to implement the regulation given the need for a very substantial increase in the number of USDA inspectors at a time when agency budgets are shrinking. And then....nothing. Well, since 2013,animal rights groups have tried and failed in bringing lawsuits against the USDA to compel it to promulgate bird-specific regulations. See People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. USDA, 797 F.3d 1087, 1091-92 (D.C. Cir. 2015). More recently, two other animal rights groups–the American Anti-Vivisection Society and Avian Welfare Coalition–tried again, arguing that USDA's failure to promulgate bird-specific regulations violated the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA"). The federal district court dismissed their claims, but recently a panel of the D.C. Circuit reversed. Am. Anti-Vivisection Society & Avian Welfare Coalition v. USDA, No. 19-5015 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 10, 2020). The D.C. Circuit panel disagreed with the District Court that the plaintiffs' "unreasonably delayed" claim failed. As the Court explained, to bring an "unreasonably delayed" claim, the groups must "assert that [USDA] failed to take a discrete agency action that it is required to take." Am. Anti-Vivisection Soc'y & Avian Welfare Coalition v. USDA, No. 19-5015 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 10, 2020). The Court found that the groups successfully made such an assertion–that the AWA requires USDA to issue standards governing the humane treatment of birds, and the USDA has conceded that its general, catch-all AWA regulations are inadequate for birds–therefore USDA has failed to take the "discrete action" that it is "required to take": issuing standards to protect birds. Whether the plaintiffs' claim ultimately survives, however, turns on whether the issuance of bird regulations has been "unreasonably delayed." Because that issue was not briefed to the D.C. Circuit, the panel remanded to the district court to consider the issue in the first instance. Even if the USDA eventually writes regulations for birds, such regulations are likely to pertain only to birds studied in captivity. The existing regulations pertaining to other taxa cover topics such as housing, feeding, water, sanitation, transit, and handling. NOTE: ** Lest anyone conclude that the Ornithological Council or its member societies oppose the oversight of wild birds studied in research, we refer you to the introductory material in our Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research: https://birdnet.org/info-for-ornithologists/guidelines-to-the-use-of-wild-birds-in-research/ and specifically this text: The Ornithological Council believes strongly that birds, both wild and captive-bred, should be treated humanely, both in the laboratory and in research conducted in the wild. It is for this reason that we publish this peer-reviewed Guidelines to the Use of Wild Birds in Research. Our objection to the inclusion of birds in the Animal Welfare Act regulations is based solely on the fact that it is likely to impose additional burdens on research without producing an improvement in the humane treatment of birds, because, as explained below, this research is already regulated under the Health Research Extension Act of 1985, which makes the Animal Act applicable to all vertebrates. We object only to duplicative and potentially conflicting sets of regulations and burdensome procedural compliance, without contributing to the humane treatment of birds in research.
  9. The Wetlands Institute seeks applicants for a temporary, full-time, seasonal Coordinator for our 10-week summer undergraduate research intern program. Located on the Cape May Peninsula of southern New Jersey, The Wetlands Institute promotes research, conservation, and education through a variety of field studies, community-engagement projects, and educational programs. The CCRP Internship Coordinator will work closely with Institute staff to lead six research interns in the development and completion of independent research projects related to our core research and conservation programs, with focus on diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, coastal birds, and coastal and wetland ecosystem dynamics. Primary tasks include: · direct interns in group and individual research projects · oversee and coordinate project schedules, logistics, data management, and quality control · coordinate with Institute staff to develop weekly schedules for multiple project activities · supervise interns and participate in ongoing field studies and outreach activities Additional responsibilities include: · mentor students in the development, completion, and presentation of individual research projects · develop and deliver weekly professional development seminars · promote and demonstrate positive attitude, research ethics, and personnel safety · ensure adherence to protocols and facilitate collection of project data · maintain regular communication with staff, partners, and volunteers · oversee use and maintenance of research equipment · document intern activities through photographs, video, and articles Required qualifications for the position include: · an enthusiasm and strong desire to provide a positive and engaging learning experience for undergraduate students · advanced degree (earned or in progress) in biology, ecology, conservation biology or related field; Ph.D. or M.S. · field research, supervisory, and undergraduate teaching and/or mentorship experience · strong organizational and project management skills · broad knowledge of coastal and wetland habitats and organisms · proficiency in data management and statistical analysis/programs · ability to work long hours, including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays, and tolerate variable environmental conditions including heat, humidity, mud, and insects · desired qualifications include: research experience related to the above core research programs, boat operation experience, familiarity with ArcGIS The duration of the position is approximately 12 weeks (mid-May to early August), with some flexibility for start and end dates. Salary is competitive and dependent on experience. Housing is not provided. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required. More information about the internship program is available at http://wetlandsinstitute.org/research/ccrp/. Please submit: 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability for position, 2) CV, 3) contact information for three professional references to Sam Collins: scollins@wetlandsinstitute.org. Please include “CCRP Intern Coordinator” in the subject line. Position is open until filled; all applications should be submitted by March 8, 2020. The Wetlands Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.
  10. Salary: ~$2,000/month for 4 months. Housing and a field vehicle provided. Start Date: 04/09/2020 Last Date to Apply: 1/31/2020 (but applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply earlier) Description: Seeking a highly motivated avian field technician to assist with game bird surveys from April 15 to May 10, avian point count surveys from May 15 to July 10, and post-breeding bird surveys from July 15 to Aug 15. The data will be collected as part of research on avian use of wildlife openings in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. In addition, the point count data will continue a 25-year dataset of breeding bird surveys that is being used to assess long-term changes in avian communities and abundance. Fieldwork entails conducting evening modified singing-ground surveys for American woodcock, morning modified drumming/gobbling surveys for ruffed grouse and wild turkey, 10-minute morning point count surveys for breeding songbirds, and morning transect surveys (and possibly mist-netting surveys) for post-breeding songbirds. All survey protocols will be reviewed before conducting the surveys, but the field technician should have prior experience conducting point counts or identifying birds by sound. Additional work will include deploying autonomous recording units and game cameras, vegetation sampling, data entry, and data proofing. The technician will be working closely with the supervisor, Hannah Clipp, or another technician to access field site locations, but actual game bird and point count surveys will be conducted alone. The technician should expect to work 6–8 hours per day; because we are counting birds, field days will start early (before sunrise) and will involve work on weekends, with days off during inclement weather. Free housing and a field vehicle will be provided. The field technician should expect rugged housing accommodations (just the basics, no Internet), ranging from bunkhouses and cabins to campgrounds. First aid/CPR training and driver safety training will also be provided at no cost to the field technician. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume/CV (no page limit), and contact information for 3 references to Hannah Clipp at hlclipp@mix.wvu.edu. In your cover letter, please mention any experiences you have with birding, camping, dealing with rugged field conditions, and/or navigating and working alone in remote areas. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Qualifications: 1. Ability to identify eastern USA birds by sound and sight (required), as well as previous experience with avian point count surveys (preferred) 2. Earned (or are working towards) a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife science, natural resources, or a similar field 3. Ability to navigate in the field and deal with challenging, difficult terrain (a lot of steep slopes) 4. Comfortable working alone in a remote outdoor setting 5. Ability and willingness to work in a one-, two-, or three-person team and individually during early morning and late evening fieldwork 6. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record 7. Positive, upbeat attitude and strong work ethic Contact Person: Hannah Clipp Contact Email: hlclipp@mix.wvu.edu
  11. Dates of Employment: Feb 15 to mid August. End date is somewhat flexible Application deadline: Applications should be submitted by 31 Jan 2020 for full consideration. Number of Openings: 1 Job Description: The Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is looking for one seasonal full-time technician to survey for three species of conservation concern in California: LeConte’s Thrasher, Tricolored Blackbird, and Willow Flycatcher. The primary duty of the technician will be to conduct surveys for LeConte’s Thrashers. Additionally, the technician will perform searches for nesting Tricolored Blackbirds within the Kern River Valley, assist with bird capture and telemetry. The technician will also contribute to Willow Flycatcher surveys within the Kern River Valley and vegetation sampling. There is also potential to contribute to other SSRS research projects during the season. All projects will require thorough data management skills (data entry and proofing of collected data will be a daily duty) and punctuality to begin avian surveys just before dawn. Required Qualifications: Must be able to identify some western songbirds by sight and sound (primarily the focal species), familiarity with western flora, a valid driver's license, and attention to detail is a must. Training for all survey protocols will be provided, but prior bird identification skills are required. Applicants must be in good physical condition, as long hours in the field will be required in sometimes difficult terrain. The applicant is expected to work well as a team member, and independently, to accomplish project tasks on schedule. Applicants should email a single file (word or pdf) which includes 1) cover letter stating their interest in the position, dates of availability, 2) a resume, and 3) names and contact information (email and phone) of three references to: John Stanek and Kristie Stein at the following email address: jobs.ssrs@gmail.com. Include your name and job you are applying to in the file name of your attachment (e.g. Darwin_C_application.doc) and in your email subject line. The Southern Sierra Research Station (www.southernsierraresearch.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary: Salary: is $1,900-$2,300 /month DOE. Housing and field vehicle are provided. Shared housing will be provided at SSRS in Weldon, CA. Contact Person: John Stanek and Kristie Stein Contact Phone: 760-378-3345 Contact e-mail: jobs.ssrs@gmail.com
  12. POSITION DESCRIPTION: Postdoctoral Researcher needed for an ongoing DoD funded project using remotely sensed data and geolocators to inform landscape-scale conservation planning for an endangered species. The successful candidate will: (1) lead and collaborate on spatial analyses that identifies areas at highest risk of conversion on the species’ breeding and wintering grounds, (2) lead or assist with preparation of technical reports and peer-reviewed publications, (3) assist with management of field-based research, and (4) complete other job duties as assigned. Appointment is 12-months with possibility of extension. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: PhD in relevant field (e.g., wildlife ecology, quantitative ecology). Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills; a strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals; demonstrate fluency in spatial data analyses using R, ArcGIS, and Google Earth Engine and knowledge of socio-economic data for inclusion in habitat modeling; and possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team. SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be ~$50,000/yr commensurate with qualifications and experience along with a wide variety of benefit options, including retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: For consideration, please send the following in PDF format as one file with the subject line “Postdoctoral Research Application Materials – Spatial Ecology” via email to amlong@agcenter.lsu.edu: cover letter expressing interest, goals, and suitability for the position; curriculum vitae; relevant manuscript reprints; names and contact information for at least three professional references; and unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Ashley M. Long, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Phone: 225-578-4940, Email: amlong@agcenter.lsu.edu
  13. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Summer 2020 Biological Internships · 2 positions available · Stipend $150/week paid by check weekly from St. Marks Refuge Association · Approximate Work Dates: May 11 – August 14, 2020 (14 weeks) Site Description: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is the crown jewel of a vast network of state, federal and local conservation lands covering over 1.3 million acres in northern Florida’s Big Bend Region. This 80,000 acre wildlife refuge supports a complex array of habitats, ranging from coastal saltwater marshes to xeric upland pine forests. Stretching over 40 miles along Apalachee Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, the refuge lies in the eastern portion of the sparsely populated Florida panhandle, but is within a short drive of full amenities approximately 25 miles north in Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee. Examples of projects you may work on: · Endangered red-cockaded woodpecker banding, monitoring, and assisting in artificial cavity installation · Exotic/invasive plant surveys and control activities including application of herbicides with backpack sprayers and/or manual removal · Threatened frosted flatwoods salamander habitat inventory, monitoring, and management · Sea turtle nesting surveys on St. Vincent Island NWR · Pine grassland dependent bird (Bachman’s sparrow, brown-headed nuthatch, northern shrike) surveys using call playback/response techniques · Wading bird nesting and roost surveys · Camera surveys for feral hog control · Native pine ecosystem restoration, including herbicide application, cutting vegetation, and planting · Forest stand and habitat inventory using a Trimble GPS and ArcPad software · Gopher tortoise surveys, including using a scope to determine burrow occupancy · Data entry and analysis of hunter harvest records and other databases · Posting signs for bald eagle nest protection areas and other wildlife closures Work hours will normally be 80 hours over a 2-week period, although additional work hours may be required during especially busy times. Early morning, nighttime, and weekend hours are all possible. The position will require extensive walking through difficult terrain in hot and buggy conditions. Inclement weather, poisonous plants, stinging insects and venomous snakes are inherent dangers in this work environment. Required Skills: US citizenship; valid driver`s license; wildlife, forestry, or environmental science degree or major in a college/university; attention to detail and accuracy; self-motivated; ability to drive 4WD vehicles safely on refuge interior roads; and willingness to perform physical work independently under varying outdoor conditions. Knowledge of local birds and their calls and experience with resighting color leg bands, Trimble GPS devices, ArcPad and ArcGIS software are desirable but not required. Housing: Housing is a 4 bedroom refuge-maintained house trailer located at the refuge work center: 7300 Coastal Highway, St. Marks FL 32355 - on US 98 one quarter mile east of the intersection with County Road 363. You will share the trailer with up to three other interns but will have your own bedroom. The trailer has WiFi and a TV with limited channels. Laundry facilities are in the compound. It is ten miles to Crawfordville, which has limited services but has groceries, walk in clinic, etc. More facilities are available in Tallahassee, within 20-25 miles. Transportation: Personal vehicle required for off-duty travel. Refuge vehicle provided for daily work activities. Universally Accessible: No Application: To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (official transcripts are not required) to: Joe Reinman joseph_reinman@fws.gov St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 68 St. Marks, FL 32355 850-925-6121
  14. POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a 9-month tenure track appointment with both research and teaching responsibilities at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. We are seeking candidates committed to excellence in research and instruction in the area of human dimensions of wildlife management. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative research program by developing grant proposals, securing research funding, publishing in reputable scientific journals, mentoring graduate students, and actively participating in professional scientific societies. Teaching responsibilities will depend on the selected candidateâÂEURÂ(tm)s interests and areas of expertise but will include developing and teaching a course in human dimensions of wildlife management. QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, applicants must have a Ph.D. in human dimensions, wildlife management, social sciences, or a related field and a publication record commensurate with career stage. To be considered for Associate Professor, candidates must show clear evidence of emerging stature as a national authority in their field and should also provide examples of unique and significant contributions in research and teaching. Preference will be given to candidates with a wildlife management degree(s) or a minimum of two or more years of work/research experience in wildlife management. Potential areas of research include public attitudes toward wildlife conservation, hunting, human-wildlife interactions, urban wildlife, wildlife disease, decision-making and policy, or other areas related to human dimensions of wildlife. Applicants should demonstrate multidisciplinary collaborative research and a desire for continued collaboration with faculty in Warnell and across the University. A record of teaching effectiveness at the university level is preferred. STATE AND UNIVERSITY: Georgia is well-known for its quality of life, both in terms of outdoor and urban activities. The University of Georgia is a land/sea/space grant institution comprised of 17 schools and colleges. Athens is a diverse community of approximately 150,000 people located less than 75 miles from Atlanta. UGA enrolls about 39,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. ABOUT WARNELL: The Warnell School is an internationally-acclaimed professional school with a proud history of producing leaders in natural resource management. The Wildlife Sciences program has strengths in applied ecology, game and nongame management, quantitative and decision sciences, and spatial analysis. Wildlife faculty members collaborate extensively with affiliated programs including the Savannah River Ecology Lab, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, as well as with a host of state and federal agencies and NGOs. Collaborative opportunities are encouraged with other disciplines within the School, which include Community Forestry and Arboriculture, Fisheries Science, Forestry, Geospatial Information Science, Water and Soil Resources, and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Warnell faculty and graduate students also participate in UGA's pioneering Integrative Conservation PhD Program, which trains students in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to address complex social-ecological problems. APPLICATION: To ensure full consideration, please apply by February 29, 2020. All applicants MUST apply online through the UGAJobs system https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/137932. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, and names and contact information for three references. Individuals invited for interviews will be required to have three reference letters submitted, on their behalf, directly to the chair of the search committee. University policy requires all candidates to consent to and authorize a background investigation (https://hr.uga.edu/). A background investigation and request of official transcripts will be conducted on a post-offer/pre-employment basis. The starting date is negotiable but will be no later than August 1, 2020. For additional information, please contact Dr. Steven Castleberry (scastle@uga.edu), chair of the search committee. We encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.
  15. A team of researchers from Yncréa Hauts-de-France and Université de Tours, has found that the ranging behavior of free-range chickens can impact their motor self-regulation. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes their study of free-range chicken personality and how it impacted their impulse control. View the full article
  16. We are looking for one field assistant to help search nests of a small bird, mangrove gerygone and large-billed gerygone in Darwin. The main objective of this research is to gain a better understanding of the breeding ecology of gerygone species, and the coevolution between gerygone species and little bronze-cuckoo. Research will be conducted in Darwin, Australia. We will be based in Darwin city, and travel to several sites. A volunteer field assistant is needed from March to April 2020 for one or two months. The exact dates are flexible but need to be around this time. Overall duties will include nest searching and monitoring, recording begging calls and adult calls for cuckoos, and data entry. Previous experience with fieldwork is highly desired, and nest searching experience is also preferred, but not required. The large-bill gerygone build nests over the water, and the height of nests varies from 1m to 5m. The mangrove gerygone's habitat is open salt flats. The study site is rugged, hot, and venomous snakes and ticks are quite common. Working days are long, with early starts, six days a week. Therefore, applicants must have good physical fitness to walk along the creek with a heavy ladder, withstand harsh conditions at the site, and maintain an energetic attitude despite long hours in hot and humid conditions. Work schedules and duties will vary, so flexibility is a must. Applicants should work well alone and in a small group and have a sense of direction to work in remote areas. Previous experience with fieldwork is highly desired, and nest searching experience is also preferred, but a positive attitude is much more important than tons of field experience. Housing will be provided, and you can get reimbursed for food and flights up to $750 AUD per month and you will enjoy fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. To apply, send a cover letter detailing interests, previous relevant field research experience, dates of availability and a CV as well as a list of names and contact information for 2 referees to Hee-Jin Noh (hjnoh891@gmail.com). Please feel free to enquire with any questions related to the application process or on the project in general. Hee-Jin Noh <hjnoh891@gmail.com>
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  18. Job Description: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), Idaho State University (ISU), Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), is seeking to fill positions for (2) Interns and a Technician to conduct raven nest searches and nest monitoring at multiple study sites across Nevada and California. Research will be conducted alongside a graduate student who is studying raven nesting behavior and researching ways to mitigate the effects of ravens on Greater sage-grouse. Primary duties from March to June will include searching for raven nests, installing and checking raven and sage-grouse nest cameras, pellet collection, avian predator count surveys, interpreting nest videos, and data entry. Opportunities to monitor sage-grouse using radio-telemetry and perform habitat surveys will be available in the months of July and August. Additionally, opportunities to capture and radio-mark sage-grouse may be available throughout the season. These temporary, full-time appointments will last from the first week of March through the middle of July/beginning of August, with the potential for extended employment depending on funding and performance. Primitive field housing will be provided, and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods. These positions are a great opportunity to explore the beautiful sagebrush steppe of the Great Basin and Sierra Mountains, however, these landscapes can be rugged and challenging to work in. Temperature extremes can range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F, and inclement weather is always a possibility. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document saved with applicant’s last name in the title to: casanchez@usgs.gov. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Corina Sanchez and Rebecca Kelble. Please include “Raven Nest Monitoring Intern/Technician” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through March 2nd , however, positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified. Qualifications: B.S. degree in biology or a natural resource field preferred although experienced undergraduates are encouraged to apply as well for intern positions. U.S. citizen with valid driver’s license required. Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds). Both positions will be required to work independently, as needed, and use a hand-held GPS. Training will be provided for operating 4WD vehicles and ATVs but prior experience is preferred. The ability to take direction, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, a desire to gain experience while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, and good communication skills with field supervisor and teammates are also essential for all positions. Technicians: Positions will be offered to applicants with demonstrated experience assisting with wildlife field research. Experience working with off-road vehicles in rugged terrain is preferred, but not required. Interns: Internships will be offered to applicants that demonstrate a passion for wildlife ecology, a willingness to learn new techniques, a desire to work as part of a team, a desire to work hard in a remote but beautiful field setting and have strong references. Previous field experience is desirable, but not required. Payment is based on reimbursement of travel expenses set on established rates and is not considered an hourly wage. Start Date: Tentatively 2 March 2020 Salary: Technicians: (~$1700-2200/mo, dependent on experience) Interns (~$1000/mo travel reimbursement) Contact: Corina Sanchez E-mail: casanchez@usgs.gov
  19. Background: The George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center) was founded in 1983 with the mission of “finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education.” The Sutton Center is a private, nonprofit organization located near Bartlesville, Oklahoma and has become a leader in avian research and conservation through its successes with conservation-oriented, ecological field research on declining grassland birds, development of techniques for the reintroduction and monitoring of southern bald eagles, management of successful captive breeding of endangered species, and bird surveying across the world. For more information please visit suttoncenter.org. One of Sutton Center’s newer projects focuses on the breeding and release of the endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken. The breeding and raising of prairie-chickens is intensive, and young birds are transferred to Texas for release. Avicultural interns will be required to assist staff in all day to day responsibilities. Internship Description: Daily husbandry including preparing diets, feeding, cleaning enclosures, assisting aviculturists with breeding of the birds, maintaining animal records, egg collection and processing, monitoring incubators, constructing net enclosures in and outside of buildings, harvesting greens and wild insects, property upkeep, and additional tasks as assigned. It is a three or six month commitment. The Sutton Avian Research Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Qualifications: Applicants must have completed two years of college or equivalent practical experience; must be detail-oriented and able to follow instructions; must have ability to lift over 50lbs and work in inclement weather conditions around ticks, chiggers, and mosquitos; must be able to work independently as well as in group settings; must be capable of working long hours in a fast paced environment; must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record. Extensive bird experience is not required, but animal husbandry experience is a must. Salary: $700 per month and on site housing Please email or mail cover letter, resume and three references: Sutton Avian Research Center P.O. Box 2007 Bartlesville, OK 74005 apcsutton@gmail.com Call 918-332-9124 for further information.
  20. Findings from a 700,000-year-old fossil bone indicate that a close relative of the most abundant seabird species in the North Atlantic, the modern dovekie, or 'little auk,' used to thrive in the Pacific Ocean and Japan. View the full article
  21. Job Summary Under the supervision of the Field Project Leader, the Field Technicians will: 1. Perform Forest Field study surveys for California Spotted Owls and other wildlife species. 2. Conduct nocturnal and diurnal surveys for owls to determine occupancy, nesting and reproductive status. 3. Collect data following a prescribed protocol. 4. May assist in the capture and banding of spotted owls. 5. Navigate on public and private road systems without direct supervision. Job location: Chester, CA 6. Locate off-road study sites using compass, topographic maps and/or GPS unit. 7. Record field data in a legible manner. 8. Enter field data onto a computer database. PHYSICAL DEMANDS Must be able to walk 1-3 miles in steep terrain, often at night. Must have normal hearing and color vision, to hear owls and accurately record the owls' unique color-markers (color-bands). Willingness to work in the forest at night, sometimes solo with coworkers nearby. Must possess a valid driver's license. QUALIFICATIONS Required: -Experience handling animals. -Experience assisting with the banding of animals. -Record keeping skills to accurately record research data collected throughout studies. Preferred: -Previous animal behavior or animal study experience. -Experience working with research collaborators. To Apply: Go to https://hr.ucdavis.edu/careers/apply?keywords=&Category_category_id=All Categories&format=json&MCampus[0]=&search= And under Keywords enter 4806 for the Chester location and 5027 for the Shaver Lake location. If you wish to be considered for both locations you MUST apply to each of them separately. If you have any questions about the position please contact Paula Shaklee at paula.a.shaklee at usda.gov
  22. Job Summary With minimal supervision of the Field Project Leader, the Field Technicians will: 1. Perform Forest Field study surveys for California Spotted Owls and other wildlife species. 2. Conduct nocturnal and diurnal surveys for owls to determine occupancy, nesting and reproductive status. 3. Collect data following a prescribed protocol. 4. Captures and bands spotted owls. 5. Assists in training new employees in survey techniques and protocol requirements. 6. Assists Field Project Leader with daily tasks such as data proofing and daily or weekly survey schedules. 7. Locate off-road study sites using compass, topographic maps and/or GPS unit. 8. Record field data in a legible manner. 9. Enter field data onto a computer database. Salary Ranger: $18.89 - $22.25/hr PHYSICAL DEMANDS Must be able to walk 1-3 miles in steep terrain, often at night. Must have normal hearing and color vision, to hear owls and accurately record the owls' unique color-markers (color-bands). Willingness to work in the forest at night, sometimes solo with coworkers nearby. Must possess a valid driver's license. QUALIFICATIONS Required: -Knowledge of wildlife management techniques, with an emphasis on raptor surveys and capture methods. -Experience surveying for spotted owls. -Experience capturing and banding spotted owls. Preferred: -Experience using MS Access and Excel preferred. -Experience using ESRI ArcGIS preferred. -Previous experience working with research collaborators preferred. To Apply: Go to https://hr.ucdavis.edu/careers/apply?keywords=&Category_category_id=All Categories&format=json&MCampus[0]=&search= Under "Keywords" enter 4808 for the Chester, CA location or 5028 for the Shaver Lake, CA location. If you wish to be considered for both locations you MUST apply to each location separately. If you have any questions on about the position please contact Paula Shaklee at paula.a.shaklee at usda.gov
  23. POSITION: Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation on Working Lands LOCATION: Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA APPOINTMENT: Nine-month, tenure-track, Academic Faculty with 20% Extension appointment QUALIFICATIONS: Required: 1) Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, or closely related field; 2) research excellence as evidenced by publications in high impact journals in your discipline; 3) research expertise in wildlife conservation or natural resource management. Highly Desirable: 1) post-doctoral experience; 2) research that addresses basic and applied questions in wildlife conservation biology with an emphasis on biodiversity and/or ecosystem services on working lands, grasslands, or rangelands; 3) relevant and impactful teaching experience; 4) experience collaborating with private landowners, local communities, natural resource agencies, and other relevant organizations to co-produce and apply science-based actionable knowledge; 5) record of obtaining research funding from diverse sources; 6) demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Establish an internationally recognized program of externally funded research and scholarly activity, including excellence in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students; 2) teach the equivalent of approximately one course per year that will be of broad interest to students with concentrations in wildlife biology, conservation biology, or rangeland management; 3) significantly engage in extension activities, and educational outreach related to wildlife on working lands in Colorado and beyond; 4) participate in other professional and university service and outreach activities. SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Parental leave, group health, life, dental, disability, and retirement benefits are per University policy. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please submit: 1) your curriculum vitae, 2) unofficial transcript from doctoral institution, 3) a 1 page cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position, 4) a statement (2-3 pages total) describing your research program, philosophy of teaching, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and potential outreach and engagement as Extension faculty, and 5) contact information for four professional references to: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/73391 DEADLINE: For full consideration by the search committee, all materials must be received by January 31, 2020. Preferred start date is August 2020. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.
  24. Wildlife rehabilitation is the care of sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife for return back into the wild. The internship will give interns the opportunity to learn about many aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. Interns will work with staff and seasoned volunteers to help wildlife patients. Some of the practical skills learned will include individual species identification, behavior, and natural history, wildlife husbandry, animal handling, infant animal feeding, and medical care. Job duties Setting up and maintaining animal enclosures Cleaning: cages, dishes, floors, laundry Diet preparation (includes preparing dead prey - you will not be excluded from consideration if you are uncomfortable with dead prey diet preparation) Patient handling and proper restraint techniques Infant care:In the hospital nursery including but limited to: Small mammals (e.g., chipmunks, opossums, and squirrels) Songbirds (wrens, sparrows, robins, swallows) Raccoon nursery Waterfowl nursery (geese, gulls, several duck species) Enrichment (cage setup, diet and supplements, foraging behaviors) Assessment of animals for meeting requirements for weaning, moving outside, and release Assisting with animal intake and physical examinations, and medication administration Other tasks as required Requirements Applicants must be current college students or recent graduates with an interest in biology and wildlife-related fields All applicants must have: a current tetanus shot proof of health insurance or willing to sign a waiver housing and your own transportation All applicants must be able to: work independently, and cooperatively with co-workers and volunteers be on your feet for long stretches of time (6+ hours) carry 30 pounds work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays communicate via email speak, read and write the English language fluently Understand that this is an UNPAID position This position may not be suitable for an individual with an auto-immune disorder or who may be pregnant To apply for this internship, please fill out the online application https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1126822639 and send cover letter, current resume, and unofficial transcripts to internships@westsoundwildlife.org
  25. New study shows that peach-fronted conures have a surprisingly advanced talent for collaboration when it comes to finding food. This is important knowledge for biologists working with conservation of wild bird populations. View the full article
  26. Position Opening Conservation Biologist Would you like to contribute your training and expertise in conservation biology to help alleviate threats to shorebirds and the habitats upon which they depend? Manomet, Inc. has an immediate opening for a talented Conservation Biologist. For more information, please visit our website at www.manomet.org. ABOUT MANOMET At Manomet we believe people can live and work today in ways that will enable our world to thrive and prosper. As scientists we understand we must take action to sustain our world. Manomet is a leader in the path to sustainability—and we’re working with people in four critical systems to effect real change. We focus our work on the parts of the system where we can have measurable impact and opportunity for scale: · Natural System—Recovering shorebird populations and wetlands and connecting people to nature. · Forest System—Preparing managed forests and coastal watersheds for climate change. · Food System—Creating a more efficient food system. · Economic System—Enhancing economic viability and reducing environmental footprints. By applying science and engaging people, Manomet provides practical ways to act—where people live and work. As Manomet approaches its sixth decade, we have achieved a great deal; yet there is still much work ahead. We are forging a pathway for our generation and those to come. With an annual budget of $5 million, Manomet has about 40 scientists and support staff working from the north slope of Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina. Manomet offers an entrepreneurial atmosphere of dedicated professionals who support each other in a common vision of creating a more sustainable world. Our headquarters are located in Plymouth, MA and we also have offices in Maine, Vermont, Delaware, Chile, and Paraguay. You can change the world. Come join us! POSITION SUMMARY Manomet is seeking a conservation biologist to help ensure habitat availability for shorebirds as part of a collective effort to stem the decline of many shorebird populations. As the Conservation Biologist working at Manomet, the selected candidate will operate in a collaborative capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service state and field offices in Louisiana (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Ducks Unlimited, and other partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate, help implement, and monitor the resource value of voluntary conservation provisions available through the Federal Farm Bill. This position serves as the independent specialist and key regional shorebird program representative of Manomet. The three key areas for this position include: 1. Accelerate enrollment in the Shorebirds in Louisiana Wetlands program, 2. Maintain and manage ongoing communication with partners and Manomet team to deliver conservation activities and results, and 3. Collaborate with local partners to monitor and assess shorebird response to management activities. Specific activities will include Shorebirds in Louisiana Wetlands program promotion and outreach, technical assistance, site assessment, and reporting. The Conservation Biologist will provide technical assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques that benefit migratory shorebirds and other waterbirds to private landowners and public organizations. This will include conducting field visits, sometimes alone, to discuss program options and deliver habitat management expertise at remote field sites and farms. The Conservation Biologist will meet with local partners to coordinate and influence habitat management efforts. This position will contribute as needed to other projects of Manomet’s Shorebird Recovery Program. The position location is flexible within the Shorebirds in Louisiana Wetlands program delivery area; proximity to Lafayette would be ideal. While you will be an employee of Manomet, you will work remotely for the organization from a home office and work day to day with local partners in Louisiana. This position requires the ability to work independently in both office and field setting. Navigating and travelling to and from field sites multiple hours from the home office will be required. The ideal candidate will have the technical and personal skills to work with and coordinate the efforts of conservation professionals, private landowners and agricultural producers, the public, businesses, and other partners to achieve a variety of conservation activities focused on shorebirds. Desired Attributes Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies. Ability to work independently, remotely, with little supervision and with diverse clientele to achieve program goals. Ability to identify and estimate numbers of North American shorebirds and waterbirds in all plumages. In-depth knowledge of shorebird ecology, habitat needs, and wetland and grassland management in natural and working landscapes. Experience with waterbird monitoring. Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill) entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented is desired. Experience working on wildlife conservation in an agricultural setting. Proven ability to engage, teach, and motivate the public and landowners to participate in conservation. Exceptional verbal and written communication, including report writing and presentation delivery. Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize tasks, organize and lead meetings. Polite and thoughtful communicator with an ability to remain amicable in a variety of situations. Should possess the highest level of discretion, honesty, and professionalism. Resourceful problem-solver with good judgement and strong decision-making abilities. Ability to provide intuitive and proactive contributions for successful conservation outcomes. An energetic, hard-working, enthusiastic self-starter able to work independently and as part of a team. Proficient in the suite of Microsoft Office products. Experience with relational databases a plus. Ability to work in challenging environments of heat, high humidity, and inclement weather. Valid driver’s license required. Use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement outside of normal commute provided). Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance. Experience with marketing and social media a plus Commitment to and passion for maintaining, recovering, protecting, and celebrating the biodiversity of the United States. Commitment to Manomet’s mission to apply science and engage people to sustain our world. Motivated and rewarded by helping the organization, its mission, and its partners. Position Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Studies, or equivalent plus two years’ experience coordinating natural resource management projects. A Master's degree in an applicable science along with experience is advantageous. Supervision: This position reports to the Assistant Director of Shorebird Habitat Management at Manomet. This position will be part of Manomet’s Habitat Management Division in the Shorebird Recovery Program. Terms of Position: This is a one year position with a potential to renew for a second year, pending funding. This position is available immediately. Compensation: Manomet offers competitive salary, health and retirement benefits for employees working 20 hours or more per week. Flexibility for part time or contract-based position. HOW TO APPLY Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references in one PDF titled YourName_ConservationBiologist.pdf to jobs@manomet.org . Please reference the job title, Conservation Biologist, in the subject line. No references will be contacted unless you are notified. Manomet is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until February 17, 2020.
  27. Australia is a land that has known fire. Our diverse plant and animal species have become accustomed to life with fire, and in fact some require it to procreate. View the full article
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