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  2. Location: Texas Duration: May 15-June 30 Job Type: Temporary Position Application Deadline: Until Filled Salary: Monthly salary $2000 with field housing included Job Description: Point count technicians needed for grassland bird and quail population monitoring as part of a coordinated bird monitoring effort to assess the impacts of grassland management in the Oaks and Prairies region of Texas. NOTE: FILLING OF POSITIONS IS CONTINGENT UPON CONTRACT AWARD. Primary duties: Early-morning, road-side point counts to survey bird communities in grasslands; afternoon vegetation surveys; and data entry. Other responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) equipment maintenance, managing databases, proofing entered data, etc. Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperature, plenty of sun). Housing will be provided and may include hotels, bunkhouses, and other forms of field housing. As such, candidates should be flexible about housing and sharing rooms with other technicians. Preference will be shown for individuals that are willing to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites. Mileage will be reimbursed. Personal vehicles should be in good condition and able to handle dirt/gravel roads. *Note that road conditions may be difficult in some areas depending on weather. This is an opportunity to be part of a large-scale grassland bird conservation effort involving partner conservation agencies and organizations in Texas and Oklahoma. Qualifications: Experience conducting avian point counts Experience with identification of Texas birds, especially grassland birds Estimating distances to detected birds Excellent navigational abilities Meticulous data collection skills Ability to work independently Good inter-personal skills Valid driver’s license Must be 18 years old or older and a US citizen Please send electronic copies (PDF) of the following in one document: A letter of interest Resume Names and contact information for three work references. Apply at: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=50
  3. Location: Texas Duration: May 15-June 30 Job Type: Temporary Position Application Deadline: Until Filled Salary: Monthly salary $2400 with field housing included Job Description: Crew leader needed for grassland bird and quail population monitoring as part of a coordinated bird monitoring effort to assess the impacts of grassland management in the Oaks and Prairies region of Texas. NOTE: FILLING OF POSITIONS IS CONTINGENT UPON CONTRACT AWARD. Primary duties: Early-morning, road-side point counts to survey bird communities in grasslands; afternoon vegetation surveys; and data entry. Field supervision of 3 technicians, training, and survey schedule with support from Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Staff. Other responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) equipment maintenance, managing databases, proofing entered data, etc. Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperature, plenty of sun). Housing will be provided and may include hotels, bunkhouses, and other forms of field housing. As such, candidates should be flexible about housing and sharing rooms with other technicians. Preference will be shown for individuals that are willing to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites. Mileage will be reimbursed. Personal vehicles should be in good condition and able to handle dirt/gravel roads. *Note that road conditions may be difficult in some areas depending on weather. This is an opportunity to be part of a large-scale grassland bird conservation effort involving partner conservation agencies and organizations in Texas and Oklahoma. Point count surveys are conducted along roadside routes within 20+ counties. Job responsibilities may be concurrent: therefore, time management skills and ability to supervise quality data collection are imperative. Qualifications: Excellent time management skills Ability to oversee field technicians and fieldwork with minimal daily supervision Extensive experience conducting avian point counts Experience with leading a field crew Experience with identification of Texas birds, especially grassland birds Estimating distances to detected birds Excellent navigational abilities Meticulous data collection skills Ability to work independently Good inter-personal skills Valid driver’s license Must be 18 years old or older and a US citizen Please send electronic copies (PDF) of the following in one document: A letter of interest Resume Names and contact information for three work references. Apply at: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=51
  4. Location: Texas Duration: May 15-July 15 Job Type: Temporary Position Application Deadline: Until Filled Salary: Monthly salary $2000 with field housing included Job Description: Grassland conservation project evaluation technicians needed to monitor difference aspects of projects in pre-, mid-, and post-project stage. Data will be collected on pollinators, birds, vegetation, and human dimensions to assess project success. Projects occur in the Oaks and Prairies region of Texas, and evaluations will occur at projects across this geography. NOTE: FILLING OF POSITIONS IS CONTINGENT UPON CONTRACT AWARD. Primary duties: Early-morning, road-side point counts to survey bird communities in grasslands; afternoon vegetation surveys; pollinator surveys; landowner interviews; and data entry. Other responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) equipment maintenance, managing databases, proofing entered data, assisting conservation delivery specialists, etc. Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperature, plenty of sun, intense hiking, etc.). Housing will be provided and may include hotels, bunkhouses, and other forms of field housing. As such, candidates should be flexible about housing and sharing rooms with other technicians. Technicians will be regularly interacting with American Bird Conservancy/Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partner organizations/agencies and partner landowners. As such, technicians must have excellent interpersonal skills, as they will be expected to represent the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partners and may be required to professionally interact with landowners in person or over the phone. Preference will be shown for individuals that are willing to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites. Mileage will be reimbursed. Personal vehicles should be in good condition and able to handle dirt/gravel roads. *Note that road conditions may be difficult in some areas depending on weather. This is an opportunity to be part of a large-scale grassland conservation effort involving partner conservation agencies and organizations in Texas and Oklahoma. This is a pilot study, so flexibility and patience will be an asset. Qualifications: Experience conducting avian point counts Experience with identification of Texas birds, especially grassland birds Estimating distances to detected birds Experience with pollinator surveys and pollinator identification Experience with Texas plant identification, especially grasses and forbs Excellent navigational abilities Meticulous data collection skills Ability to work independently Excellent inter-personal skills Prior experience performing interviews/surveys Valid driver’s license Must be 18 years old or older and a US citizen Please send electronic copies (PDF) of the following in one document: A letter of interest Resume Names and contact information for three work references. Apply at: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=52
  5. Website: http://mauiforestbirds.org/ Duration: September 16, 2019 to January 31, 2020 Job Type: Seasonal/Temporary Job Description: RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (3) needed for supporting endangered bird recovery and habitat management and restoration. Focus is on preventing the extinction of Kiwikiu (Maui Parrotbill, Pseudonestor xanthophrys), a critically endangered honeycreeper, on Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii. Three positions are available for a period of 20 weeks (approx. September 16th, 2019 to January 31st, 2020). This is a field based research position but assistants will be responsible for both field and office duties. Primary duties will be: 1. Supporting the reintroduction and monitoring of the Kiwikiu: Using radio telemetry to track birds, re-sighting color-banded birds, and documenting behavior and location. 2. Supporting set up and maintenance of supplemental feeding stations and game cameras. Assist with care of captive birds in field aviaries. 3. Assisting with forest restoration: collecting seeds, planting seedlings, controlling invasive weeds, and monitoring vegetation plots. 4. Predator control trapping. 5. Maintenance and cleaning of field gear, equipment, vehicles, facilities, and grounds. 6. Office duties including but not limited to data entry, report writing, administrative clerical work, sorting game camera photos, preparation and maintenance of field equipment, and assisting with public outreach and education. 7. Trail and field site construction and maintenance. 8. Assisting staff with other ongoing projects. Field duties are extremely physically challenging. Remote research sites require extensive hiking in steep, high elevation (5,000-7,000 ft) terrain. This position also requires living and working in small teams in extreme weather conditions (ranges from being intensely hot/dry to cold/wet). Helicopters are used to supply field camps. Hiking in and out of remote field sites may be required if helicopters are not available. Basic aviation safety training is available. Camping is required for most field work. Work schedule will include 6-10 day field trips with alternating days in the office and off-time. This is a position through the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii. Benefits include: ~$2400 a month + housing, most field equipment, and limited transportation on Maui. Applicants must provide their own airfare to Kahului, Maui. To apply: Go to https://forms.gle/i2RWdDG2MAsv1swc8/ and submit an online application, with a cover letter, resume and references with current email and phone contact information. We will need to be able to contact a minimum 3 previous employers for the hiring process. Applicants must submit the online application to be considered for this position. Deadline for application is June 1, 2019. Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with passerine research, forest restoration, and working in wilderness settings. Must be able to perform small mammal kill trapping. Assistants must be able to work and live in remote field camps under extremely physically and mentally demanding conditions, to work independently and responsibly, have a good work ethic, take personal initiative and must have a valid driver’s license. Desirable qualifications include an undergraduate degree in ecology, biology, ornithology, botany or similar field; research with endangered birds; color-band resighting, radio telemetry, mist-netting and banding experience; forest restoration work; Wilderness First Aid certification
  6. Hi! I am running my data with SGAT, but I am not sure which zenith should I use in the thresholdPath and which in the Estelle model. I think I should use the median deviation zenith in the thresholdPath and the zero deviation in the Estelle? Also, which could it be the effect of running my calibration during the spring equinox? Thank you in advance!!! Melina
  7. http://www.cvent.com/events/2019-afo-wos-joint-meeting/location-fc644f2542184eba9fe3b1d37928e0fd.aspx And the plenary speakers have been announced: Robert Curry Dr. Curry is a native of Massachusetts with additional family roots in Nova Scotia. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College (1979) under the mentorship of Dick Holmes, followed by doctoral study at the University of Michigan (1987) focusing on social and conservation ecology of Galápagos mockingbirds supervised by Peter Grant. He conducted postdoctoral work on Florida Scrub-Jays with Glen Woolfenden and John Fitzpatrick before joining the faculty at Villanova University (1991). Dr. Curry has mentored research by more than 70 Villanova Masters students and undergraduates; their work has involved mimids and other Neotropical birds; Florida Scrub-Jays; the world's one herbivorous spider; and, especially, Carolina and Black-capped chickadees and their hybrids. He served as President of the Wilson Ornithological Society in 2014-2016 after completing multiple terms as an Officer and member of Council. Dr. Curry and his wife Susie have two children, and they eagerly await the arrival of two granddaughters in 2019. As the Margaret Morse Nice Keynote, Dr. Curry will speak on “Transformation of familiar birds into model organisms: what chickadees can teach us” Much like the Song Sparrows that captivated Margaret Morse Nice, chickadees are charismatic backyard birds that we easily take for granted. Research concerning several North American chickadee species has, burgeoned in recent decades, yielding insights about fundamental problems in ornithology-approaching what we have learned from their European relatives. The role of vocal behavior in chickadee mating systems has been examined thoroughly. "Our" chickadees are currently central among studies of social networks using technological tools that allow us to track movements and associations in space and time. Chickadees have contributed important insights concerning cognitive ecology and neuroethology. Long-term research within the northward-moving hybrid zone between Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees combines many of these elements, while also employing genomic approaches and Citizen Science data; this work has revealed influences of ongoing climate change and behavioral mechanisms on the dynamics of songbird hybridization. There is still much to learn from these familiar birds. Christina Riehl Christie has always been fascinated by a) animal social behaviors, and b) anything having to do with birds. Her main research project is a long-term study of the breeding behavior of the greater ani (a bizarre communally breeding cuckoo) in Panama, but she is interested in many questions involving the evolution and ecology of sociality and reproductive biology.
  8. Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), a dynamic medium size consulting firm with offices across the United States, is looking for a full-time temporary Biological Field Technician located out of Lafayette, IN. Since 1990, WEST has grown to be one of the premier environmental and statistical consulting firms in the United States. WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies and the sophisticated analysis of natural resource data. Job Summary: The successful candidate for this position will be able to work independently with the ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with WEST supervisors and clients, have previous experience with raptor observation and be able to identify Midwest birds by sight and sound. This position requires prior experience conducting avian use surveys and a high level of birding skills. Responsibilities include: • Standardized avian use surveys (i.e. fixed-point count surveys) • Daily long-term observations of eagles and eagle nest activity • Maintenance of acoustic bat monitoring equipment • Potential to assist with post-construction monitoring efforts. This a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of all the duties which may be associated with this position Project Length: April 15, 2019 – April 1, 2020 Compensation: $15-17/ per hour DOE Schedule: 30-40 hours/week though some positions may require shorter or longer hours some weeks, depending on the project and seasonal workloads Additional Details: Vehicle will be provided or mileage reimbursed Requirements: • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, or an equivalent degree preferred • Must be experienced in avian use surveys specifically point-count surveys; candidates with higher level birding skills will be given preference • Must be proficient in identification of Midwest bird species by sight and sound • Precise and thorough data collection is essential • Must be able to use compass, global positioning system devices, binoculars, range finders, tablets, and digital cameras; as well as maintain equipment • Able to work independently or as part of a team, and interact positively with project manager, field supervisor, landowners, and other technicians • Employee must be able to appear for work on time (surveys often begin as early as sunrise) • Maintain focus for long periods of time • Follow instructions from manager and team leader • Maintain positive attitude and accept guidance and constructive criticism • Follow all WEST safety protocols • Training will be provided for all survey efforts and job related activities Physical Requirements: • Applicants must be in good physical condition, as surveys will be conducted in locations where temperatures and conditions can be extreme Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check; a pre-employment drug screen; and a DMV records check that meets WEST’s minimum criteria to operate a motor vehicle on behalf of the company. A valid driver’s license will be required. Candidates must adhere to all health and safety requirements. WEST is an employee owned organization with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce. Key Benefits: • Competitive salary • Comprehensive Medical (if working 30 or more hours a week) • SEP/IRA (100% employer contributions, after initial eligibility requirements are met) WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Further, WEST takes affirmative action to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly, and without discrimination, for recruitment, selection, advancement and every other term and privilege associated with employment.
  9. Position and Details A working group (Brian Weeks, Benjamin Winger, and Kathleen Bergen) at the newly-formed Institute for Global Change Biology at the University of Michigan is hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Fellow will work on predicting the limits to adaptive shifts in range and migration phenology in migratory birds, with a focus on the interaction of these phenomena with concomitant changes in morphology and allometry. While past efforts to predict shifts in species’ ranges and phenologies have focused largely on projecting changes in climatic niche envelopes, the extreme physiological demands of migration may impose constraints on these adaptive strategies in migratory species. In particular, the observation that many migratory birds are getting smaller as temperatures increase, suggests that morphological adaptation may be a key dimension of climate change adaptation. Understanding how morphological change may facilitate or inhibit adaptive shifts in range and phenology through changes in optimal migratory dynamics as well as relationships to landscape/habitat change is the goal of this position. The position will begin Fall 2019, is based at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is for 2 years, and comes with a competitive salary and benefits. The postdoc will be supervised by Weeks, Winger, and Bergen. Qualifications: The position requires a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology or a related field. The ideal applicant would have research experience related to bird migration, strong quantitative and modeling skills, and demonstrated success in publication of original research. Familiarity with GIS/remote sensing is a benefit. Application Instructions and Deadline: Applicants should send a CV, contact information for two references, and a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and their relevant skills and experience to Brian Weeks (bcweeks@umich.edu). Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2019, with an expected start date of September 1, 2019. Background: The School for Environment and Sustainability’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
  10. From the Washington Post, 19 April 2019: Researchers at the Agriculture Department laughed in disbelief last summer when they received a memo about a new requirement: Their finalized, peer-reviewed scientific publications must be labeled “preliminary.” The July 2018 memo from Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the acting USDA chief scientist, told researchers their reports published in scientific journals must include a statement that reads: “The findings and conclusions in this preliminary publication have not been formally disseminated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy.” A copy of the memo was obtained by The Washington Post and the USDA confirmed its authenticity. https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/04/19/usda-orders-scientists-say-published-research-is-preliminary/?utm_term=.e08bf8db6cf8 The policy may reflect an attempt to end-run the Information Quality Act, which pertains only to information disseminated by the federal government. That law, created at the behest of corporate anti-regulatory interests, has been a double-edged sword which has also been used by health and environmental groups to challenge the basis of federal agency policies and statements. This newest effort to strangle scientific information produced by scientists employed by federal agencies follows the requirement imposed by the Bush administration that requires scientists (in numerous agencies) to submit their work - including publications and presentations - to agency communications or other leadership offices prior to publication. In addition, the policy bans scientists from including “personal view” statements, language that federal employees have often used to distinguish research articles they author from policy documents issued by the agency. Such a statement might read, in part: “opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own,” as suggested by the National Institutes of Health.
  11. Job Description: Seasonal Avian Research Assistants needed 15 May through 21 June to document local avian species composition and distribution as part of a long-term bird-monitoring program. Duties include point counts across multiple Ranger Districts in the Kisatchie National Forest, maintenance of field equipment, data entry, and other tasks. Requirements: Experience or coursework in wildlife biology or closely related field; ability to collect data with strong attention to detail; ability to work 5+ days per week doing physically demanding work, with early mornings (sunrise); a positive attitude in adverse environmental conditions such as fire ants, chiggers, rattlesnakes, feral pigs, poison ivy, normal daily temperatures of over 90°F, intense sun, thick and thorny brush, and steep and rocky terrain; ability to operate 4WD vehicles; patience and focus to quietly observe and identify birds; good eyesight and hearing; ability to work independently and in groups; flexibility to changes in location; flexibility to changes in protocol, or job assignments; must supply your own binoculars. Preference will be given to applicants with experience identifying birds by sight and sound, navigating using handheld GPS unit, and using Microsoft Access, Excel, and ArcMap. Pay: 40 hours per week. $12 per hour, depending on experience. Housing and transportation provided. To Apply: Submit a CV and cover letter as a single PDF to Dr. Ashley Long at amlong@agcenter.lsu.edu.
  12. The Kauai Humane Society (KHS), through its Save Our Shearwaters (SOS) program, seeks a Program Coordinator to directly oversee its seabird response and recovery efforts. SOS, is a 40-year old program, formerly operated by the State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife. KHS now operates the program under a contract between the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and KHS. The focus avian species of this project are Newell’s Shearwater, Hawaiian Petrel, and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, all state and federally listed endangered species. These species are regularly downed due to light attraction during the fledging season, which runs primarily between September and the beginning of December each year. The SOS Program primary mission is to triage downed seabirds, release them promptly, provide rehabilitative care, or when necessary, euthanize birds which are too compromised to be viable in the wild as per established protocol. Birds turned into the SOS program are predominately grounded fledgling seabirds (initially rescued by concerned citizens). The mission is to band and release the recovered birds successfully to the sea in the best possible weight and condition. The program also responds to downed adult seabirds outside of the primary fallout season. The program has expanded over the years to include a year-round rehabilitation effort for all native Hawaiian birds including waterfowl and the Hawaiian Short-eared Owl. The position being advertised first and foremost is to manage staff and operations as a department of KHS but also includes database maintenance, contract & permitting reporting, and seasonal hiring, and overseeing seasonal fall-out preparation The duties of the SOS coordinator include the following: Hands-on management of SOS staff and active participation in rehabilitation portion of SOS, assisting in the operation and maintenance of a seabird triage clinic and developing a volunteer base for operations Front and coordinate KIUC’s seabird outreach campaign Hire and train seasonal SOS technicians Maintain a master bander permit and a salvage for educational use permit held by the program (both federal) Maintain the specialized database and using it along with Access, Excel and GIS for reporting to SOS stakeholders and federal MBTA enforcement Manage the field operations year round but especially from September 15th through December 15th Maintain KIUC contract and communications in addition to outside contracts and MOAs Perform public outreach and education activities Prepare the SOS Annual Report for KIUC following the fledgling season Coordinate with the KHS Executive Director to plan and implement the SOS budget Update the SOS Manual and protocols yearly Coordinate and facilitate agency/stakeholder meetings twice a year Pursue funding and/or opportunities for other native avifauna A typical workweek will consist of 40+ hours. Flexibility with the workweek and days off is a must. On-call duties and evening/weekend shifts are a reality in this position during the off-season when necessary, in which case field vehicles will be provided for work use and wildlife response. The Coordinator must be comfortable working with a wide range of programs and personnel housed by the Humane Society. The Coordinator will be responsible for transportation to Kauai, in addition to finding appropriate housing. Required qualifications: A Masters degree in Wildlife or related field or equivalent work experience. Management experience in a wildlife related program Familiarity with handling birds (seabird-specific preferred) Banding experience (seabird-specific a strong consideration) Clinic experience (at minimum, a familiarity with safety and sanitation protocols) Experience with agency reporting guidelines, legal documentation Knowledge of Hawaii wildlife and natural history Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience in hands-on rehabilitation and knowledge of husbandry and standards of care regarding wildlife undergoing rehabilitation Ability to be the “responsible individual” for Federal and State Rehabilitation Permits Sufficient bird banding experience to manage a station banding permit Prior experience working with listed species Proficiency with specialized database programs and managing/querying a database Familiarity with MS Access and ArcGIS SOS will seek applicants with an ability to work independently, in a group of three (overseeing the Rehabilitation Manager, who runs the rehabilitation effort and the Rehabilitation Technicians) as well as with a staff of up to 4 seasonal technicians. The coordinator must also have the ability to trouble-shoot when concerns arise. The individual will need to consult professionally with the many different stakeholders overseeing and cooperating with SOS. SOS also hopes to find an applicant who have specifically worked with either state or federally listed species. Application Deadline: May 31st. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Start Date: July 1st 2019 Salary: Commensurate with experience, Medical benefits included. Please email a cover letter, resume, and contacts to three references in one PDF document to: SOS@kauaihumane.org. Please visit our website for more insight into what the program does and how it fits into the community at: https://saveourshearwaters.org
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  14. Volunteer field assistant(s) with nest searching experience, Melbourne, SE Australia, Sep-Dec 2019 We are looking for a volunteer field assistant to assist with research on social behaviour and heat stress in superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus). The birds are cooperatively breeding small songbirds, with a lovely character and stunning blue-and-black plumage in males. Our study population is located in Lysterfield Park, Melbourne, Australia, an easy to reach wonderful wild spot with plenty of mammals and birds. Fieldwork will take place during September-December, when most of the birds are breeding. We are seeking a volunteer field assistant to help monitor superb fairy-wren territories in a 5 km square area. Work will involve nest searching, monitoring all breeding attempts, re-sighting colour-banded birds, assisting in field experiments, mist netting and data entry. The field site is located 25 minutes drive from Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne, where the research group is based. This position will allow to develop relevant experience for those wishing to do a PhD or MSc in future. Volunteer field assistants must be flexible and willing to work long days – we will have 1.5 (1-2) days per week off, but timing may vary depending on weather conditions and breeding activity. Furthermore, field assistants must have full colour-vision, be physically fit, have good interpersonal skills, and be able to work as part of a team and independently in the field. Birds build small, well-hidden, domed nests in vegetation, so previous experience with nest searching under such conditions is essential; experience with bird banding, colour-band re-sighting or behavioural observations is a bonus. Fieldwork will start in early September 2019 (dates are somewhat flexible) and run for ~4 months. The cost of accommodation and local transport will be covered; (international) flights to and from Melbourne will be partially covered, or for highly experienced candidates may be fully covered. Applications from experienced couples that can share accommodation will also be considered. For local candidates, or those not requiring flights or accommodation, the equivalent remuneration will be offered. For further information and to apply, please send a CV, cover letter and contacts for at least two references that are familiar with your nest searching experience to Anne Peters: anne.peters@monash.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we aim to fill the position by 31 May. To check the sort of research we do check https://sites.google.com/site/petersresearchgroup/ and http://monash.edu/science-stories/story/follow-the-birds/
  15. The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) and Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center are offering several bird banding workshops in Minnesota this summer. In cooperation with IBP, Wolf Ridge will be hosting a beginner class June 23-30 and an advanced class July 2-6th. Additionally, Wolf Ridge will be holding a Youth Ornithology camp for students entering grades 10-12. This beautiful campus tucked into the boreal forest, along the western shore of Lake Superior, is the perfect place to catch amazing birds and concentrate on all your bird banding skills. These classes can accommodate many skill levels, from those who have never handled a bird to those with good experience that want to fill in their banding and molt limits and plumage knowledge gaps, all under the eye of an experienced IBP instructor. These classes cover: operation of mist-nets and safe extraction of birds; bird-handling skills; in-hand ageing and sexing techniques; scoring and recording data using MAPS protocol and forms; instruction on the use of the Wolfe-Ryder-Pyle ageing system; avian life histories, energetics, molts, and plumages; banding ethics, the permitting process; and the role of banding in research and monitoring. The instructor, Danielle Kaschube, is a North American Banding Council certified trainer and has been teaching banding classes for over 20 years. She is always patient, enthusiastic, fun, and thorough in sharing her knowledge about molt, plumages, and ageing with students of all experience levels. Please visit IBP's Bird Bander Training page for more information about the classes and for registration links: http://www.birdpop.org/pages/birdBandingClasses.php
  16. Job Description: Assist research team studying grassland bird responses to cattle grazing and plant diversity in CRP grasslands of Kansas, late spring-summer 2019. One or two individuals needed to assist with nest searching and monitoring and measurements of nestlings, including blood samples, May 20 - July 27 (arrive by May 19). Must be able to work independently and with a team, be cordial to landowners, and be tolerant of hot weather, physical labor, early starts, long hours, 6-day work weeks, and living in close quarters with other technicians in rural Kansas. Housing and field vehicles provided. Qualifications: Academic training in biology / ecology. Previous experience in field ecology desired. Must be able to tolerate demanding schedules, field conditions, and living in close quarters with field crews, and also be able to transport themselves to field station residences. To apply, email a cover letter, noting position of interest, and CV with 3 references to Dr. William E. Jensen at wjensen1@emporia.edu (postal address: Department of Biological Sciences, Campus Box 4050, Emporia State University, 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801). Salary: $4400 / 10-week season Deadline for applications: 30 April 2019
  17. Job Title Aquatic/Riparian Habitat Specialist (DGF #34558) Closing date May 6, 2019 Link to apply https://careers.share.state.nm.us/psp/hprdcg/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&SiteId=1&FOCUS=Applicant&JobOpeningId=105484&PostingSeq=1     Current State of New Mexico employees can log into their SHARE HCM account module and click on the Careers button. Job ID 105484 Employer New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Location Santa Fe, NM Salary $32,427 - $56,413 Annually ($15.59 - $27.12 Hourly); Pay Band 65 Job Purpose The Aquatic Habitat Specialist provides technical guidance concerning the management, enhancement, research and conservation of aquatic/riparian resources throughout the state, including hydrology, wetlands, riparian and other wildlife habitats, wilderness, recreation, water quality, and environmental protection. Job Functions • Consults with Department staff and prepares official agency responses that provide recommendations on federal, state, and local laws regulations, and policies, and develops guidance pertaining to habitat, ground and surface water, wildlife, contaminants, and other topics as appropriate. • Provides input related to aquatic/riparian resources for inter-divisional projects, inter-agency programs, and task forces, and formulates recommendations to prevent, minimize or mitigate habitat destruction or degradation, with particular emphasis on improving aquatic/riparian habitats and wildlife. • Reviews, plans, supports and leads the technical development of monitoring and survey techniques to evaluate the hydrological and biological impacts associated with aquatic/riparian projects. • Manages grants and contractors for projects to inform statewide efforts for aquatic and riparian habitat mitigation, restoration and improvement. • Routinely communicates and consults with federal and state agencies, local governments, communities, private organizations, and other stakeholders regarding aquatic and riparian habitat resources. Qualifications: Minimum: Bachelor's degree in biology, fisheries science/management, wildlife science/management, animal science, forestry, ecology or similar related natural resource degree and two (2) years of experience in the specified fields. Preferred: • Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in biology, zoology, wildlife, fisheries, ecology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, environmental science, geographic information systems, or a related environmental or natural resources field. • 3 or more years of experience related to biological research or analysis involving data collection, data analysis, and scientific or report writing. • At least 2 years of experience in aquatic ecology, fluvial geomorphology, or other areas of research in natural resources with an emphasis on management of riparian/aquatic wildlife species or habitats. • 3 years of scientific/technical writing experience. • 2 years of experience using ARC GIS products, including experience conducting or managing projects to identify, delineate, or assess wildlife habitat from landscape-level imagery. Contact Chuck Hayes Assistant Chief, Ecological and Environmental Planning Division (505) 476-8114
  18. EXPERIENCED SONGBIRD BANDERS (2) needed for ongoing research on migration ecology of landbirds through Cape May, New Jersey. Dates: (1) needed 15 July through 15 November; (1) needed 1 August through 15 November. Cape May is recognized as an internationally important bottleneck and stopover area for landbirds during fall migration. Duties include site maintenance (maintaining net lanes, net repair, etc.), extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, weighing and measuring birds, recording data, and data entry. Mist-netting and bird banding experience in a high-volume banding station necessary (>5,000 birds/season). Experience aging species based on molt and using the Pyle guide required. Ability to identify landbirds of the eastern U. S., and proficiency with MS Excel and BANDIT essential. Applicants must be able to work independently and as part of a team in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Salary $1800-2000/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing is provided in a bunk-house environment. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 June to hr.research@njaudubon.org. NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SONGBIRD TECHNICIAN needed 1 August through 15 November for ongoing research on migration ecology of landbirds through Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is recognized as an internationally important bottleneck and stopover area for landbirds during fall migration. Duties include site preparation and maintenance (net lane clearing, site set up and break down, net repair), extracting birds from mist-nets, data recording and entry, and writing summary reports for print and web. Bird extraction experience using the body-grasp method required. Ability to identify landbirds of the eastern U. S., and proficiency with MS Excel and BANDIT essential. Applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team in occasionally hot and buggy conditions. Salary $1800-2000/month depending on experience. Must have own vehicle. Housing is provided in a bunk-house environment. Send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references by 1 June to hr.research@njaudubon.org. NJ Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. David S. Mizrahi, PhD Vice-president, Research and Monitoring NJ Audubon Center for Research and Education 600 Route 47 North Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 609.861.1608 x917
  19. The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree. View the full article
  20. EXPERIENCED BIRD BANDERS IN CHARGE (6), MIST NET ASSISTANTS (6), and AVIAN SURVEYORS (6) needed from 18 August to 6 November (start and end dates mildly flexible) to study the stopover ecology of small passerines along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico (Alabama and Louisiana). BANDERS (minimum experience: 500 eastern songbirds banded and processed) need to have experience with banding large volumes of birds, be familiar with the aging and sexing of eastern species, be able to train and assist assistants in mist net extraction, and independently lead a small team. Also must be able to effectively communicate with project leader\site coordinator in completing tasks associated with the banding operation as well as oversee banding operation including other technicians. MIST NET ASSISTANT (minimum experience: 100 songbirds extracted from mist nets) duties include extracting birds from mist-nets. AVIAN SURVEYOR (minimum experience: ability to identify eastern songbirds by sight and sound) duties include identifying eastern species by sight and sound along a transect, conducting resource surveys, and mist net extraction. Additionally, opportunities may exist for all positions to assist with active research during the field season. All individuals are required to work 7 days a week, carry up to 10 pounds regularly, navigate difficult terrain, assist with data entry, arthropod sampling, fruit/flower counts, and fecal sample analysis, have the ability to work and live well with others in close quarters, have a good sense of humor, and be able to tolerate heat, venomous snakes, biting insects, and wet conditions. In addition to abundant experience, each bander will be compensated a total of $5,000 and each other position will receive $4,000 over the course of the season. Pretty nice housing is provided. In ONE Word document/PDF named in the following format: Lastname-Firstname (e.g. Zenzal-TJ.pdf) please send letter of interest, resume, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references to Dr. T.J. Zenzal, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 or by email (preferred): MBRGhiring(AT)gmail.com Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. The University of Southern Mississippi conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. EOE/F/M/VETS/DISABILITY.
  21. Based on the analysis of the genomes of more than a dozen flightless birds, including an extinct moa, researchers found that while different species show wide variety in the protein-coding portions of their genome, they appear to turn to the same regulatory pathways when evolving flight loss. View the full article
  22. Shared knowledge is an important currency for humans. It shapes everything from what we eat and how we dress, to how we raise our children. Some things we learn individually, some things we learn socially – from our parents, peers, teachers and the media. But how is shared information important for other species? View the full article
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    Science Librarian

    Trinity University, San Antonio Texas Instruction/Liaison Librarian for the Sciences POSITION DESCRIPTION Trinity University seeks a dynamic, forward-thinking individual for its information literacy and liaison librarian program. The successful candidate will join a team of energetic, creative librarians who value the teaching mission of the library, enjoy frequent interaction with bright students and faculty in the library and the classroom, and who also participate in professional and scholarly activities as faculty members. This position will provide liaison support for the sciences. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES The Instruction/Liaison Librarian for the Sciences is one member in a team charged with facilitating and encouraging information literacy learning at Trinity University. Primary responsibilities include teaching information literacy skills and concepts in assigned liaison areas, working with teaching faculty in those areas to develop department- and course- specific objectives, and providing customized reference service/appointments. Instruction/liaison librarians coordinate collection development activities related to their departmental and subject assignments, stay abreast of best practices in librarianship and instruction, and collaborate with colleagues to support library programming. This position is also responsible for leading the library’s data management service effort. Outreach to faculty and students is central to this position. In supporting information literacy learning in the sciences, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to work with a host of talented and respected scholar-educators, housed in Trinity’s state-of-the-art Center for the Sciences and Innovation. Students are actively engaged with faculty members in undergraduate research experiences outside of regular class and lab work, creating a variety of opportunities for the science librarian to enhance student learning. This is a twelve-month tenure-track position with faculty rank. Trinity librarians are actively involved in university governance and service and as faculty members, may teach full-semester courses or act as academic advisors for incoming students. The candidate selected for this position will be expected to meet standards of librarianship, scholarship, and service for promotion and tenure. Currently celebrating its 150th anniversary, Trinity University is a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences institution characterized by a demanding curriculum, distinguished faculty, and exceptionally bright students. The university looks forward with the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan, its recently revised “Pathways” curriculum, and the Starting Strong Quality Enhancement Plan to bolster support for incoming students. Trinity is located in one of the nation’s fastest growing cities. Combining a multicultural heritage, numerous cultural and historical attractions, and a rapidly emerging technology sector, San Antonio is a friendly, affordable, and engaging city in which to live and work. Additional information can be found at https://new.trinity.edu/. REQUIREMENTS: Required: ALA-accredited MLS. Background or evidence of strong interest in the physical or life sciences. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, a high energy level, and self- confidence are musts, as is the ability to work effectively and with initiative, both as a team member and as an individual. Interest in tenure-track faculty responsibilities related to librarianship, scholarship, and service in a liberal arts and sciences setting. Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a teacher, librarian, and faculty colleague. Preferred: Experience in teaching or instruction in an academic setting. Experience in one- on-one assistance and conducting outreach for individuals/groups. Knowledge of resources, emerging topics, and new developments in science librarianship. Knowledge of innovative strategies (pedagogical, technological, etc.) to enhance student learning. BENEFITS: Trinity-paid TIAA/CREF when qualified, comprehensive insurance options, twenty days of annual vacation, and professional development support. Additional information, such as tuition remission options and the university’s Parental Leave Policy, is available at https://inside.trinity.edu/human-resources. TO APPLY: Submit a detailed resume, application letter addressing experience and interest, and the names, phone numbers, email and postal addresses of three references to: Chris Nolan, University Librarian, Trinity University Library, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX, 78212- 7200. (Email is preferred; send applications to mpylant@trinity.edu.) Review of applications is anticipated to begin May 6, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Trinity University is an equal opportunity employer and as such provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement of all employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any status protected by federal, state, or local laws.
  24. "Wanted: beautiful, intelligent companion well-versed in the art of conversation." It's a familiar story, but don't expect a fairy-tale ending. In this instance, we're talking about a transaction that condemns one of the protagonists to life imprisonment in a cage – or an untimely death in transit at the hands of traffickers. Not exactly a match made in heaven. View the full article
  25. A new study finds that some sparrow species will likely go extinct within the century due to climate change. View the full article
  26. Corvids are capable of cognitive feats that almost resemble those of humans. Neuroscientists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) intend to find out how their brain manages to fulfill such complex tasks – although its structure is completely different than that of the human brain. For a year, the researchers have been training two jackdaws in a complex behavioural experiment, where the birds learn to remember what they did where and when. The underlying processes in the brain are to be determined through subsequent neurophysiological analyses. An article on the research conducted by the work group Avian Cognitive Neuroscience, headed by Dr. Jonas Rose, has been published in the RUB's science magazine Rubin. View the full article
  27. We are pleased to invite you to our annual meeting in Morecambe, United Kingdom from 20-23 September 2019. Morecambe is an easy journey from Manchester Airport, with international links to North America and beyond. The conference will include the usual mix of fascinating talks from far and wide, as well as a fast and furious ‘describe my poster’ session and, of course, the AGM. There will be a variety of local excursions on the Friday and a workshop on managing predator impacts for the conservation of breeding waders on the Monday. Entertainment will include a traditional Ceilidh with a caller to help those to whom this is a mystery, so bring your dancing shoes. We are also planning a fun quiz. We will also be holding a silent auction again to fund the small projects grants, so please consider donating lots of bird-related or local items to support this great cause. The conference will be held in the Platform - a restored Edwardian Railway Station on the promenade - in the seaside town of Morecambe. The town is situated on the edge of the English Lake District, and lends it's name to the famous Morecambe Bay, an internationally designated Special Area of Conservation holding over 20,000 red knot and a similar number of dunlin, as well as many other waterbirds. For more information and registration, please see the conference web page. Bookings and talk/poster abstract submissions are open now.
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