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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
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  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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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    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.
  13. "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
  14. A new study finds that some sparrow species will likely go extinct within the century due to climate change. View the full article
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. As you bite into a chocolate bunny or egg this weekend, consider this: rabbits often eat their own young, and hens their own eggs. View the full article
  18. Officials say the first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to be fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning. View the full article
  19. Cross-referencing a decade of Google searches and citizen science observations, researchers have determined which of 621 North American bird species are currently the most popular and which characteristics of species drive human interest. View the full article
  20. The hilliardton marsh research and education located at the southern edge of the boreal forest about 6 hours north of Toronto. Has 2 remaining spots for volunteer banding assistant positions. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn how to extract birds from mist nest and will also learn how to band and age and sex birds . Typically we band close to 6000 birds a spring so volunteers will get lots of experience with boreal birds and other migrants. In addition to passerines volunteers will get to help out and band hawks and hummingbirds. Please forward resumes to Bruce Murphy via email birdboy369@gmail.com . If you are a positive person who enjoys being around other banders please apply right away as we only have two positions left for the spring banding season which begins may 1st and lasts until June 7th. if you would like to know more about the marsh and the species we band please check out the marsh website www.thehilliardonmarsh.com or visit the hilliardton marsh facebook site . Hope to see you in the boreal
  21. Dates: May 6th - June 4th We're looking for a volunteer assistant bander to join a lead bander and another volunteer for the latter part of the spring banding season. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain real experience in the handling and processing of songbirds at a long-term monitoring site. You will be working at the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa near Moab, Utah. This beautiful riparian habitat provides critical resources to migratory birds, amidst the desert of the Colorado Plateau. The station has banded over 14,000 birds so far of 125 species including Willow Flycatcher, Black-throated Sparrow, Canyon Wren, Juniper Titmouse and much more. The position runs from May 6th through early June. The team are required to work 10 days on and 2 days off. Mist nets are opened from a half hour before dawn for six hours a day. You will be trained in mist-netting and banding techniques by the lead bander and you will also assist with the tours of visiting groups. In your free time you can explore the fantastic Red Rock Country of southern Utah. If interested, please email with your interest and relevant experience. Banding experience is not required. It is important that you are enthusiastic about bird research and/or conservation biology. You must be able to work well as a team in a fairly isolated location. You must be able to interact well with visitors young and old. Ideally you would have some field experience, used to working outside for long hours in variable conditions. Please email your interest and a resume to monteneateclegg@gmail.com
  22. A new paper published today in the journal Nature Communications shows a blueprint for conserving enough habitat to protect the populations of almost one-third of the warblers, orioles, tanagers, and other birds that migrate among the Americas throughout the year. View the full article
  23. The European Turtle-dove’s population is dropping fast, in large part due to illegal killing. But our partners are working to reverse that trend.View the full article
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    MSc opportunity investigating sex biased dispersal in Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine The Major Lab (part of the Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research) in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus) invites applications for one MSc student starting in September 2019. Project description: The successful candidate will investigate the occurrence and proximate causes of sex biased dispersal in Altantic Puffins and Razorbills recruiting to Machias Seal Island (MSI) and how sex biased dispersal relates to identified patterns of dispersal and recruitment from previous research on MSI. The project will include laboratory analysis to genetically sex individual puffins and Razorbills from feather samples collected between 1995-2019, collating demographic information from our 25 year dataset, and assisting with data collection at Machias Seal Island in the summer of 2020. Qualifications: BSc in biology or related field, research experience (Honour’s research or equivalent), an interest and passion for ecology, good work ethic and strong communication skills. Prior experience working with birds and/or molecular ecology related lab experience an advantage. Start Date: September 2019 Application: Please contact Dr. Heather Major (hmajor@unb.ca) with a single PDF that includes: 1) a 1-page letter of interest describing your qualifications and highlighting any course or work experience that relates to molecular ecology/genetics, ecology, and ornithology; 2) current CV; 3) GPA and unofficial transcripts; and 4) contact information for 3 references who can speak to your academic performance and/or research abilities. Preference will be given to applications received by May 10th, 2019, but application review will continue until the position is filled. The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from all qualified individuals including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
  25. In years when winter conditions are especially harsh, birds that depend on conifer seeds for food are sometimes forced to leave their homes in northern forests and wander far from their normal ranges to find enough to eat. A new study published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances uses citizen science data to show for the first time that these winter movements—called "irruptions"—lead to a decline in birds' population density in their breeding range the following summer, suggesting that irrupting birds succumb to the difficulties of avoiding predators and finding food in unfamiliar landscapes. View the full article
  26. FOUR (4) AVIAN RESEARCH AND/OR HABITAT TECHNICIANS needed for songbird and habitat surveys in Nevada's backcountry between May 20 and July 10, 2019 for Great Basin Bird Observatory. Partial season appointments and earlier start dates are also possible. Duties include bird surveys via point counts, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Positions for only vegetation surveys and data entry are also possible. Qualifications needed include: experience identifying western birds by sight and sound (for bird surveyors); ability to collect field data under challenging conditions (heat, cold, remote sites); familiarity with western flora; working knowledge of MS Excel for data entry; valid drivers license and experience driving 4wd vehicles. Training workshop for all survey protocols will be provided. Applicants must be in good physical condition, as long hours in field will be required, in sometimes difficult terrain. Ability to work independently and in remote locations is a must. Compensation: up to $2400/month (depending on experience). Housing will be provided in some areas, but remote camping will be required on a regular basis. To apply, please submit your resume and references by email to ballard AT gbbo.org.
  27. The Punta San Juan Program from the Center for Environmental Sustainability of Cayetano Heredia University is seeking for volunteers to participate in the “2019 Guano Harvest Monitoring Campaign” at Punta San Juan Reserve, Marcona town, Ica, Peru (from June to August). The monitoring campaign is a conservation tool, use to mitigate possible negative effects on wildlife during the guano harvest. This conservation action has been happening for the pass 15 years in coordination with Peru’s agriculture and environmental departments, whom are in charge of the guano harvest. WHAT THE VOLUNTEER’S PROGRAM IS ABOUT? All volunteers will participate of daily activities in the field, under the guidance and supervision of their volunteer coordinator and Program staff. Main tasks: · Enforce the boundaries for the guano extraction stablished in the master plan. · Daily monitoring of indicator species (Humboldt penguins, Guanay cormorants, Peruvian boobies, Peruvian pelicans and Inca terns, sea lion, and fur seals) · Help with seabird and pinniped sample processing · Offer talks to the local community and guano harvesters · Rodents control · Install artificial nests for Inca terns WHAT VOLUNTEER’S PROGRAM OFFER? · The chance to collaborate in a direct conservation action in an active research station. · Learn the mitigation strategies and monitoring methodologies. · Live in a multicultural environment, next to coastal marine wildlife. REQUIREMENTS · Be at least 18 years old. · To have availability for 15 continuous days in the field. · Preferably to be graduated or in the last year of biology, environmental engineering, veterinary or related. · International insurance. · Being comfortable in a bilingual Spanish/English environment. · To have previous field experiences, highly recommended. COST Bus fare (Marcona-Lima /Lima-Marcona), Food, lodging and materials at PSJ for 15 days: 950.00 USD; this fee includes support for Peruvian volunteers. Airfare to Peru, local transport and hotel in Lima cityis not included in cost (should be self-provide). CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Vacancies are limited to 6 International volunteers per group. Application deadline is on *May 5th*. Results will be announced on *May 10th. You can apply for following groups: Group 1 > 30-May- 13-Jun Group 2 > 14-Jun- 28-Jun Group 3 > 29-Jun- 13-Jul Group 4 > 14-Jun- 28-Jul Group 5 > 29-Jul- 12-Aug Group 6 > 13-Ago- 27-Aug * The volunteering program last 15 continuous days in the field. We recommend to arrive to Lima one day prior your departure to Marcona- To apply send a Motivation Letter and a Curriculum Vitae to laura.escobar.m@upch.pe. All application should indicate the subject: “2019 Guano Harvest Monitoring Campaign”.
  28. Duties and Responsibilities The bird conservation technicians will assist the Sanctuaries Manager in day-to-day operations of Houston Audubon’s Upper Texas Coast sanctuaries. Technicians will primarily aid in native habitat restoration of coastal sanctuaries utilizing chainsaws, tractor, sprayers, UTV and herbicides to remove non-native invasive plant species. She/he will also be expected to conduct three shorebird transect surveys/month, weekly rookery surveys on land and by boat, assist with volunteer workdays, and trail maintenance/construction. He/she will also be responsible for monitoring two new rookery islands constructed January 2018 including nesting platform construction, vegetation surveys, and tree plantings. Other duties include, but not limited to, infrastructure maintenance, visitor services, assisting visiting researchers, participating in citizen science projects (Christmas Bird Counts, eBird, iNaturalist), educational/outreach programs, public/volunteer interactions, and keeping up with weekly social media posts. This is a 6-9 month seasonal position, $10/hr up to 40 hours per week located on the Bolivar Peninsula. Benefits not included. Shared housing will be provided at Houston Audubon’s Field Station in High Island, TX. Recent graduates encouraged to apply. Background - About Houston Audubon Houston Audubon, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit charitable conservation organization committed to enhancing life on the Upper Texas Coast for birds and people. It is dedicated to advancing the conservation of birds and positively impacting their environments through habitat conservation, environmental education, and conservation advocacy. Houston Audubon owns and manages 17 sanctuaries in five counties, which includes the well-known High Island and Bolivar Flats sanctuaries. It delivers hundreds of nature-based program experiences for children and adults every year. Desired Qualifications and Skills: · Bachelor’s degree in natural resource related field, preferred. · Strong interest and experience in avian conservation. · Experience with field work and avian surveys. Shorebird ID skills, preferred. · Excellent physical condition. Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs, perform hard physical work for extended and irregular periods under adverse conditions including, but not limited to, repeated pushing, pulling, bending, kneeling, squatting, extreme heat, biting/stinging insects, venomous snakes and alligators, REQUIRED. · Willing and able to use chainsaws and other power/hand tools with minimal supervision. Training provided. · Ability to work, live, and interact with diverse individuals and work independently of supervisor, REQUIRED. · Mechanical aptitude and common sense problem solving skills. · Outgoing and enthusiastic about birds, wildlife, and working outdoors. · Vehicle for personal use, REQUIRED. Salary: $10/hour up to 40 hours per week. Housing provided. Application guidelines: Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 2 references as a SINGLE pdf or word document to Pete Deichmann, Sanctuaries Manager, pdeichmann@houstonaudubon.org. Position will remain open until filled.
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