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  2. Field assistant required for a help with PhD research on superb fairy-wrens and their parasitic cuckoos for 5 months. This project is looking at the maternal investment of superb fairy-wrens and their parasitic Horsfield’s bronze-cuckoos. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable field skills, and experience in research and data collection. Volunteers will be part of the team working with researchers and students on the project. The field site is in Campbell Park which is located 10 minutes drive from the city centre in Canberra, Australia. The volunteer will be required to work 5 days per week in the field (no matter the weather conditions) and must be physically fit as they will be required to walk around the park often 10km per day. The volunteer and I will be working together some days but most days will require the volunteer to collect data independently in the field and communicate their findings. Therefore teamwork and communication skills are essential. The candidate must also be self-motivated, enthusiastic, reliable and have a good work ethic. Previous experience with similar work or a degree in biology is preferable but not essential. Volunteers will be trained in field methods. Main field duties will include finding nests, monitoring breeding attempts and documenting group dynamics throughout the breeding season. We will also mist net individuals so they can be banded for identification. Volunteers will be required to identify individuals by their colour band code using binoculars. Other task include helping to cage nests to prevent predation, helping to measure chicks and eggs and helping to provide supplementary food. Volunteers will be reimbursed $1000 per month to help cover living costs but all other costs will need to be covered by the volunteer. Fieldwork will begin at the start of September 2019 and finish at the end of January 2020. If you are interested or require more information please email me at claire.j.taylor@anu.edu.au explaining a little about yourself, including interests a CV with any prior experience and referees.
  3. The Knutie lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut is recruiting highly-motivated applicants interested in pursuing a PhD in disease ecology and evolution in the Galapagos Islands. The PhD student will be expected to develop a novel research project in animal disease and/or urban ecology in the unique Galapagos Islands. Specifically, the Knutie lab studies the effect of an invasive parasitic nest fly and urbanization on Darwin's finches. Because of the nature of the work, prospective students are required to have extensive experience in field biology with birds. The equatorial field work, which includes living in the Galapagos for 3-4 months, is often met with intense and frustrating conditions (e.g. 9+ mile hikes on uneven lava rock, intense sun exposure, 110F heat, unrelenting mosquitoes, isolation, etc.). Frankly, some days are terrible. For more information about current research and personnel in the lab, please see: http://www.knutielab.com All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply but preference will be given to applicants with at least one first-authored publication and/or extensive experience with independent international field-based research with breeding birds. Since the field work occurs during the Spring semester (~late Jan-May), students are encouraged to seek fellowship opportunities. Although academic scores are considered for admission to the program, I also value motivation and passion for science and nature. Applicants from underrepresented minority background (e.g. ethnic, racial, gender, LGBT, first generation) are encouraged to apply and internal fellowships are available to such students (https://grad.uconn.edu/financing/fellowships/internal-awards/). The application process requires submission of the formal graduate school application pages, transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of reference, a personal essay, and, for non-native speakers of English, TOEFL or IELTS scores. Also, I request a writing sample, such as a 1- to 2-page project proposal (preferred) or 1st authored manuscript. If admitted, full financial support (TA) is provided for five years. More information for prospective EEB Graduate students: http://eeb.uconn.edu/information-for-prospective-eeb-graduate-students/ For full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 15, 2019. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah Knutie (sarah.knutie@uconn.edu) before applying to the program (e.g. by August or September 2019) to discuss research interests and your application. Come join a lab full of amazing people! Knutie_PhDStudent_UConn_Galapagos_2020.pdf
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  5. Internship Title: Bird Banding Intern Compensation: Accommodation Duration: September 2nd, 2019 to October 31st, 2019 Project Location: Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon BIRD BANDING INTERNSHIP. The Klamath Bird Observatory is seeking highly motivated individuals to participate in our long-term landbird monitoring program in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon during the upcoming fall migration season. Our bander training program blends an intensive field internship with coursework designed in accordance with North American Banding Council (NABC) standards to prepare participants for successful careers as field ornithologists. Training and duties will include mist netting and banding of passerines and near passerines; bird and vegetation surveying; data quality-assurance, entry, and management; and participation in public outreach and education. Non-field duties include study and discussion of banding curriculum, equipment maintenance, field station upkeep, and data entry. Dependent upon the experience level and progress, interested interns may pursue certification at the Assistant, Bander, or Trainer level at a certification session in Arcata, CA, in October. Accommodation is provided in shared rooms in a rustic cabin on the Upper Klamath Lake which has potable running water, a full kitchen, internet access, and a woodstove and electric space heaters. Hiking and birding opportunities abound nearby and interns will have access to bikes and kayaks. There will be portable toilets on site and a shower at a nearby field house. Several sites will require camping and some brief strenuous hiking carrying heavy banding equipment. Operation of banding stations will necessitate long, arduous days beginning pre-dawn under (occasionally) adverse conditions including heat, cold, mosquitoes, and smoke. Successful candidates will have a strong interest in birds and field biology, possess a positive and constructive attitude in working cooperatively toward project objectives, give priority to safety considerations, and be able to work and live harmoniously in close company with coworkers. To preserve the quality and consistency of our long term dataset, interns must also be able to precisely follow protocols and take meticulous care in collecting and recording data. Excellent communication skills are critical. Field vehicles are provided for project related travel and interns are required to possess a valid Driver’s License and clean driving record. Further preferred qualifications include bird identification by sight and sound and experience with vegetation ID and survey techniques. This position requires independent drive and patience for the travails of field work but also affords an amazing opportunity to build practical experience in field biology and master a variety of bird monitoring and research skills in a beautiful part of the country. To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Banding Program Coordinator, Lauren diBiccari (led<AT>klamathbird.org). Please include dates of availability.
  6. Hi Angela, The workshop takes place once a year, typically in early August. We have another bander training option, our Bird Banding Field Course, with flexible dates between June 1st and September 31st. It is designed to fit the niche somewhere between a workshop and an internship and dovetails with our normal long term banding site operation. Essentially you would be a short term intern with the option to tailor your experience within that framework to meet your individual training goals. Here is a link with more information about each option. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. Lauren
  7. University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have collected clear evidence—over a 23 year period between 1976 and 1999—that climate change is shrinking animals' body sizes. View the full article
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  9. A biologist conducted a pioneering research study that could help us to better understand the role of dopamine in stress resilience in humans through analyzing wild songbirds. This study could lead to increased prevention and treatment of stress-related disorders. View the full article
  10. Hawks Aloft, Inc. a 25 year old conservation organization based in Albuquerque, NM seeks a part-time (roughly 20 hours/week) Raptor Rescue Coordinator to manage our 5-year-old statewide Raptor Rescue Program. We offer a competitive salary for this permanent position. The Raptor Rescue Coordinator will work with the Raptor Rescue Dispatcher who manages the statewide hotline and a team of volunteer rescuers and drivers who assist with transport. Must have excellent social skills and be able to work with a variety of personalities, ranging from many volunteers (drivers, rescuers, those who house birds overnight), rehabilitators, and veterinarians. Experience working with raptors preferred, as some intakes must be triaged and cared for until veterinary visits with occasional after care required. Some on-call work required, mostly dialogue with others via the telephone; however, occasional driving necessary; a vehicle is provided. This position works closely with volunteers and veterinarians to determine the best facility to care for each bird, occasionally for non-raptor species. Other requirements include helping with outreach and social media to promote program, maintaining a database of rehabilitators, and assisting with organizing our biannual statewide conference. Good writing skills a huge plus, as we work to expand the program and secure additional funds. Reports to the Executive Director. Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to gail (at) hawksaloft.org No phone calls or personal visits please.
  11. Hawks Aloft, Inc. (http://hawksaloft.org), a New Mexico non-profit, based in Albuquerque, seeks an educator to join our conservation education team. We seek an individual that is multi-faceted and interested in participating in all aspects of Hawks Aloft. This is a full-time permanent position that includes benefits and a competitive salary depending on experience. The centerpiece of our education program is “Living with the Landscape,” a comprehensive school-year-long program that serves every student and teacher in participating low-income schools in the Albuquerque metropolitan area and surrounding communities. The program includes multiple classroom presentations with age appropriate curriculum that focuses on conservation issues, such as watersheds, habitat fragmentation, fire ecology, and more. Each classroom presentation features two non-releasable raptors to illustrate the concepts of that class. The program reaches its apex in the fourth and fifth grades when students participate in field trips to natural areas such as Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and the Elena Gallegos Open Space in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains. Fifth grade students implement a conservation project at the beginning of the school year and maintain throughout the year. All students, teachers, parents, and siblings benefit from a “family night” in the spring near the end where students can share their knowledge of the educational raptors and activities they experienced throughout the year with their families and siblings. This program is entirely grant funded and free to participating schools. We also offer a wide variety of age-appropriate single visit programs that are conservation and science-based with an emphasis on raptor biology. We also conduct corporate and adult education programs and public outreach booths. Hawks Aloft is active in the conservation community in New Mexico and has a solid history of working in collaborative endeavors, including coordinating regional science conferences. For more information, visit our website: www.hawksaloft.org. Education & Outreach Coordinator Position Summary: Primary Duties: · Conduct conservation education programs at K-12 schools across New Mexico (mostly in the Albuquerque metro area) · Ongoing development of new curriculum with a focus on live birds of prey and relevant ecological concepts · Manage and staff public outreach booths as needed, usually about twice monthly · Recruit, coordinate, and maintain positive relationships with volunteers · Assist in the care of our 30 non-releasable raptors Required Qualifications: · Bachelor’s in education, biology, or related field · Demonstrated classroom teaching experience with experiential learning · Raptor handling experience a plus · Availability to work non-traditional hours (evenings and weekends) · Valid driver’s license and insured vehicle · Strong time management & organization skills · Detail-oriented · Ability to work well in a small, team-oriented organization · Proven experience managing and coordinating volunteers Preferred Qualifications: · Master’s in education, biology, or related field experience · Excellent writing abilities · Experience with social media, i.e. Facebook, Instagram · Experience with Wordpress (html) website maintenance · Experience with Photoshop, PowerPoint, and Excel · Experience working with low-income schools and students · Experience teaching a broad range of age groups This is a permanent, full-time position with benefits. Start date is as soon as possible. This position requires a minimum of 40 hours per week with some weekends and evenings. Annual salary range is $27 - $30K plus benefits. No phone calls or personal visits, please. To apply, send a cover letter with dates of availability, resume, and at least three references to: gail[at]hawksaloft.org.
  12. Job Type: Habitat Restoration Worker – Volunteer Positions Location: Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) Duration: 7 months (Approximately mid-August 2019 to March/April 2020) Position closed: Applications reviewed upon receipt until positions are filled Deadline to apply is July 31, 2019 Inquiries: Email Andy Sullivan-Haskins at kureatoll@gmail.com Description: The State of Hawai'i’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking volunteersfor work at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Kure Atoll is a part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is located 1,400 miles northwest of O'ahu. Kure Atoll occupies a unique position referred to as the “Darwin Point”,which is the northern extent of coral reef development and the atoll is estimated to be 29.8 million years old. Kure is an important breeding site for wildlife, including several rare or endangered species. Eighteen species of seabirdsnest on Kure including Black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) and Christmas shearwaters (Puffinus nativitatus). The endangered Laysan teal(Anas laysanensis) was recently introduced to Kure. There are currently 16 native and 31 non-native plant specieson Kure Atoll’s only vegetated island, Green Island. Several plant species are invasive and are being removed to improve seabird nesting habitat. DLNR is committed to eradicating the invasive plant Golden crown-beard (Verbesina encelioides) from the atoll. Invasive plants are a significant management concern because they displace native plant habitat and seabird nesting areas, and may entrap seabirds in a dense vegetative mass. Native plants are an integral resource for seabird nesting habitat and dune stabilization. This position is a unique opportunity to protect and recover seabird habitat while living in a wildlife sanctuary! Kure Atoll is an extremely remote work location. Transportation to/from Kure Atoll is by ship and is infrequent. The ability to live and work in close quarters with a small group of people for an extended period of time is of the utmost importance.The seasonal field teams consist of 6 to 8 people. Due to limited transportation, there are only 2 field seasons per year(approximately 6 months each). Contact on Kure is limited to text only e-mail (no pictures or attachments) through the field station’s satellite phone. There is no internet or cell phone service available. Strict Quarantine:Biosecurity protocols are in place to prevent introduction of alien species. This quarantine requires that all “soft” items (clothing, shoes, straps etc.) must be purchased new and frozen for 48 hours prior to departure to Kure Atoll. All “hard” items (cameras, musical instruments, etc.) must be inspected thoroughly and may need to be frozen or fumigated prior to departure. Primary responsibilities include:Invasive plant removal; Big-headed ant monitoring; Laysan duck monitoring; native plant propagation and out-planting; vegetation surveys; seabird surveys and assisting with banding events; Hawaiian monk seal monitoring; marine debris removal; data collection and entry; weekly meetings. Additionally, all staff will help with regular camp maintenance and chores outside of regular work hours. **Although the work load is diverse, most of the hours are dedicated to invasive plant removal (75-80%)** Desired Experience:Invasive species control; Hawaiian plant identification; native plant propagation and out-planting; avian reproductive monitoring; shorebird and/or seabird monitoring and identification; binocular/spotting scope use; data management; familiarity with Excel and ArcGIS; GPS usage. Other useful skills include: carpentry, solar equipment maintenance, small boat experience. Requirements:Excellent physical and mental health; able to walk 10 miles per day with a 40lb pack over uneven terrain, lift 50 lbs, work for long hours in hot/sunny, rainy/cold conditions, and bend or stoop for long periods of time; must know how to swim; and have 20/20 color vision or correctable lenses. Must be comfortable with herbicide use. Personnel can expect to work 40+ hrs/wk. Although most weeks are Monday-Friday, work hours are project dependent and may include early mornings, evenings, and weekends. DLNR/DOFAWwillprovidetransportationbetweenHonoluluandKureAtoll.Traveldatesaresubjecttochange.LodgingandfoodwhileonKureandintransitbetween Honolulu and Kureare provided.Mostfieldclothesandgearareprovided.Allothertransportation,housing,andpersonalitems mustbesuppliedbyapplicant. Kure Atoll Conservancy will award $1000 at the end of the field season to help offset these costs. Please send resume, cover letter, and three references to Andy Sullivan-Haskins: kureatoll@gmail.com For more information visit the Kure Atoll Conservancy website: http://www.kureatollconservancy.org/ Kure Atoll Blog: http://kureatollconservancy.org/explore/kure-blog/ Kure Atoll Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Kure-Atoll-Conservancy-138668706143905/?ref=hl Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/visit/kure.html. W2019_Job Description_24MAY19 2.docx
  13. Hi all, I estimated stopover locations by using 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 cutt-off prob. Results are quite consistent specially during the first part of migration. Can the 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 values be translated into something more "meaningful"? Like km? I'm not quite sure how to explain these three values. Many thanks, Ana
  14. Audubon has announced the winners of it's 2019 Photography competition. See the stunning photos.View the full article
  15. A total of 55 animal species in the UK have been displaced from their natural ranges or enabled to arrive for the first time on UK shores because of climate change over the last 10 years (2008-2018) -- as revealed in a new study. View the full article
  16. 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. Aurelia Skipwith, currently the the deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks at the Department of the Interior, has been re-nominated to head the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The position has not had a permanent director since the end of the Obama administration. Until August 2018, Greg Sheehan held the post in an acting capacity. Ms. Skipwith was first nominated in 2018 but the 115th Congress did not act on her nomination. In the interim, Meg Everson has been the acting director. Ms. Skipwith is a biologist and lawyer who spent more than six years at the agriculture giant Monsanto. She joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013. However, she seems not to meet the statutory requirement for this position, which, under 16 U.S.C. 742(b) mandates that: No individual may be appointed as the Director unless he is, by reason of scientific education and experience, knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management.Although Ms. Skipwith has a master's degree, it is in animal science (Purdue University, 2005). The areas of specialization offered in that program are: Animal Behavior and Welfare, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Management, Meat Science and Food Safety, Neuroscience, Nutrition, and Physiology. In addition, Ph.D. programs are offered in the area of Interdisciplinary Genetics (IGNT). After earning a law degree, she spent four months as an intern in a USDA foreign agriculture program focusing on crops, then seven months as an intellectual property consultant for USAID, focusing on food security. She next spent slightly over a year as assistant general counsel and regulatory affairs coordinator for a company that makes animal food. She began her career at Monsanto and worked her way up from a lab technician to sustainable agriculture partnership manager.
  17. A total of 55 animal species in the UK have been displaced from their natural ranges or enabled to arrive for the first time on UK shores because of climate change over the last 10 years (2008-2018) - as revealed in a new study published today (18 July 2019) by scientists at international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London). View the full article
  18. DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE POSITION DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Communications Specialist GRADE: 25 SALARY: Up to $68,000 FLSA: Exempt DIVISION/SITE: Headquarters, Washington DC DEPARTMENT: Communications REPORTS TO: Director of Media Relations LAST REVISED: July 2019 Basic Summary: The Senior Communications Specialist is responsible for helping to plan and implement a wide variety of media activities to gain coverage for Defenders of Wildlife and the issues on which Defenders works. S/he is responsible for developing and implementing media plans and coordinating events; writing news releases, factsheets and other press materials; building relationships with and contacting reporters and broadcast journalists; identifying spokespeople; and other activities as assigned by the Media Relations Director and/or Vice President for Communications. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: • Writing: Generate press releases, statements, talking points, advisories, factsheets, OpEds, letters to the editor, editorial board memos and other press materials • Media & Messaging Strategy: Work with program staff and communications team to develop and implement media plans • Participate and represent Defenders on key coalition teams, collaborating with coalition partners in strategy, materials development and action. • Media relations: Establish working relationships with reporters in beat areas. Call and email reporters to pitch Defenders-related stories; field inquiries from the media and forward reporters’ questions to pertinent program staff members • Research: Conduct research to develop factsheets, legislative bill summaries, talking points and other media relations and programmatic materials as needed • Press events: Work with appropriate program staff to coordinate, execute and publicize press events, teleconferences, and other promotional activities • Advertising: Develop strategies for digital advertising in relation for appropriate use within advocacy campaigns. Develop messaging strategy, copy and manage design of print and digital advertisements; work with vendors to place advertisements • Attend press briefings and activities and help prepare senior executives for interviews and media appearances. General support: Collaborate with and support Communications Team colleagues in daily communications department work • Compile weekly/monthly media coverage and analysis reports for sharing with senior leadership and others as appropriate • Perform all other work-related duties as assigned, including, but not limited to, coordinating focus groups, and polling. Collaborate with Defenders’ Conservation Program Teams and Marketing Team for seamless communications across all forms of Defenders of Wildlife Communications including but not limited to publications and reports, press materials, social media, blog, web site and other outreach, etc. Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Journalism, English, Communication Studies, Public Policy, Broadcasting or other related discipline (including Biology of Environmental Studies). Master’s degree in journalism or related field desirable. Experience: · At least 4+ years of experience working with news media and strategic communications · An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Skills: · Ability to manage several tasks at once, use sound judgment, and follow up on prioritized assignments · Excellent writing and verbal communications skills; working knowledge of AP style a plus · Work effectively with others on team assignments, including in situations are working in separate locations. · Excellent project management skills required. · Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and other Windows applications · Fluency in Spanish a plus Work Expectations: Work Environment: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. How to Apply: Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our indeed jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs About Defenders: Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate. It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
  19. https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=118437 Assistant Scientist, Waterbird Ecology Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) investigates and documents the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and acquires and provides natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. The Stephen A. Forbes Biological Station, established in 1894, is located along the Illinois River on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana, Illinois. It is the oldest inland field station in North America and one of nine field stations of the Illinois Natural History Survey. The Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center is housed at the Forbes Biological Station. Staff of the Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center conduct research on a variety of topics relevant to wetland ecosystems, with a specific focus on the ecology and management of wetlands, waterfowl, and other waterbirds. Our research efforts focus on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and the wetlands throughout the State. INHS is seeking an Assistant Scientist, Waterbird Ecology to develop, direct, and conduct research and monitoring activities in the area of Wetland Bird, Wetland Ecology, or related natural resources fields to address the goals and objectives of the Survey. This position is located at the Forbes Biological Station in Havana, Illinois. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Conduct research activities related to waterfowl, wading birds, marshbirds, shorebirds, passerines etc. as well as in the area of wetland ecology and other natural resource fields. Collect, manage, and analyze scientific data. Conduct field and laboratory work. Manage, analyze, and translate research and monitoring data into scientific findings and provide management recommendations to funding agencies, collaborators, and other interested parties. Translate scientific data into reports, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations to be delivered at conference and professional meetings. Provide outreach and service to the public, the INHS, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, PRI, UIUC, and other professional organizations. Communicate and interact with recipients of services and provide technical assistance. Work with lay community to engender positive feedback regarding scientific research. Coordinate and cooperate with the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois, and other groups. Represent the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois and other agencies on committees. Supervise, mentor, and lead hourly staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. This includes task assignment, scheduling, and ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback and travel approval. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois. Keep abreast of developments in this discipline Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, wildlife biology, ecology or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Bachelors with a minimum of 5 years of experience or Masters with a minimum of 3 years of experience related to wetland birds. Experience identifying wetland birds (one or more of waterfowl, marshbird, wading birds, shorebirds), plants, and invertebrates. Experience using common software packages for data recording and analysis, reporting, and processing, including but not limited to ArcGIS and R. This position requires experience and training in wildlife capturing/handling, specifically waterfowl and other wetland birds. Experience working with boats, and ATVs. Must be able to swim. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Demonstrated ability to communicate well in writing (reports and/or papers) and in oral presentations. Demonstrated leadership skills for the purpose of supervising, planning and monitoring research activities, and documenting progress. Valid Driver’s License Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in natural resources management, wildlife biology, ecology or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Environmental Demands: Will require working in adverse field conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects, etc.), travel throughout the State of Illinois working irregular hours. Must be able to physically carry out wetland bird survey field work, including being able to swim, walk through water and on uneven terrain. Overnight travel may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position. Proposed Start Date: Estimated start date is August 16, 2019. Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment Status: This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Eligible for full University benefits package as well as generous vacation and sick leave packages. To Apply: Applications must be received by July 31, 2019. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For technical inquiries regarding this position, please contact Auriel Fournier, Director, Forbes Biological Station at auriel@illinois.edu or 217-300-8698. For further information, please contact Amber Hall, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute at amberh@illinois.edu or 217-300-4080. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=118437
  20. An animal rescue group is asking for help caring for 89 baby snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons that left homeless last week after a tree fell in downtown Oakland. View the full article
  21. Position dates: August 19, 2019 - May 15, 2020 Position salary: $12/hour About the Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: www.birdconservancy.org Job Duties and Responsibilities: OVERVIEW Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, in partnership with Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC), has outlined conservation and educational activities that will inform and educate students, teachers, landowners, and resource professionals about the shortgrass prairie and ponderosa pine ecosystems of western Nebraska. We work with a diversity of partners including organizations at the state, federal, and nonprofit level and private landowners. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is looking for a motivated, dynamic education assistant who will effectively bring wildlife conservation topics to a variety of audiences. Duties of the Wildlife Education Assistant include, but are not limited to: Assisting with implementation of educational programs, including classroom presentations, field trips, outreach events, after school programs, citizen science events, and partner events. Assisting with development/expansion of educational programs and materials. Be responsible for organizing registrations and program and inventory data. Assisting with general educational project day-to-day operations. Assisting with development of reports for various projects and grants. Dissemination of Bird Conservancy/NGPC’s conservation messages. Coordinating with partners on education projects as needed. Organizing education schedule as needed. REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Undergraduate degree in environmental education or environmental studies or related degree, with an emphasis in education, environmental science, ornithology, wildlife/ecosystem conservation, or related fields. Preference will be given to applicants with prior environmental education experience. Background in shortgrass prairie wildlife ecology and/or birds preferred. Public speaking skills and the ability to work with people of all ages Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate through multiple media formats (print, TV, radio, Internet, public events, social media, etc.) Experience and demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word, and Publisher, Adobe products, and Google Suite Responsible, creative, relatable, enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, and resourceful team player The ability to multi-task, prioritize, and display excellent time management skills The ability to carry out duties and directives independently under limited supervision A valid U.S. driver’s license and personal transportation. Must be willing to travel to program sites in western Nebraska. NGPC vehicle provided but some use of personal vehicle may be required Ability to lift 40 lbs, stand and walk for extended periods of time Ability to communicate (speak, read, write) in Spanish preferred (but not required) To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Chaley Jensen, Nebraska Wildlife Education Coordinator, at chaley.jensen@birdconservancy.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  22. UPDATE JULY 15: The court asked the parties to consider having the three cases consolidated and "The parties in all three actions have conferred, and all parties consent to the consolidation of the three cases, with two caveats. First, the Audubon Plaintiffs consent to consolidation with the understanding that it would not prejudice their ability to litigate the NEPA and notice and comment claims asserted in their complaint but not in the NRDC Action or the States’ Action. Second, plaintiffs in each of the three cases request that they be permitted to continue to file separate briefs if there is further motion practice in the consolidated proceeding. Defendants do not object to the plaintiffs’ requests."
  23. Small research grants are awards of up to £2,000 per project and are aimed at supporting small projects outright or to part-fund medium-sized research programmes. Awards of up to £2,000 per project aimed at supporting small projects outright and to part-fund medium-sized research programmes. Grants are open to citizens of any country, but recipients must be BOU members unless they reside and work in a developing country. For guidelines, an application form, and information on past awards click here.
  24. Senckenberg ornithologist Gerald Mayr, in conjunction with his colleague Alan Tennyson of the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, describe a previously unknown, extinct albatross species from the Pliocene. The bird, which lived about 3 million years ago, only reached approximately 90 percent of the size of the smallest modern albatrosses. However, the fossil's most remarkable trait is the unusually narrow beak, which suggests that the new species mainly fed on fish. The diet of modern albatrosses, by contrast, is dominated by squid. The fossil discovery thus indicates a higher diversity in the feeding ecology of extinct albatrosses and raises the question why the fish-eating forms ultimately went extinct. The study is published today in the scientific journal Ibis. View the full article
  25. Looking for a volunteer field technician to assist with a study of Grey Fantail breeding biology and vocal communication under the supervision of two PhD students. The field season is from October to January (end date flexible), and we require a minimum 2-month commitment. (Applicants who are available for the full field season will be given preference). The technician will develop skills in data collection and management, nest searching and monitoring, and acoustic recordings. Additionally, they will learn to analyse song and video recordings. Shared housing will be provided, which includes dinners on weekdays. The technician would be initially responsible for their flight to Melbourne, Australia, and visa costs. Reasonable flight reimbursements will be possible at the end of the field season for one volunteer, but is subject to funding. Duties will include (but are not limited to) nest searching and monitoring, set up and tear down of video and acoustic recording devices, acoustic focal recordings, re-sighting colour bands, assisting with mist-netting and experiments, data management, gear maintenance, and manual scanning and scoring of acoustic and video data. The technician may also be able to assist in other projects not outlined above. Applicants will be expected to work long days and early mornings under the Australian sun. Ability to navigate using a GPS is required, and the technician should be physically able to hike throughout the day, but also have the patience to watch single birds for extended periods of time. In some locations, cell phone service may be limited. Work is located in a national park, and technicians should be able to appropriately interact with the public regarding research. Applicants will be able to enjoy Australian landscapes and wildlife (kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, parrots, kookaburra, etc.) while gaining field experience for future endeavors. Qualifications: Ability to work independently and as part of a field team is required. Passion for birds, science, and/or field biology will be essential to success in this position. Physical fitness, enthusiasm, self-motivation, and ability to respectfully share living space are a must. Must be able to ask questions, follow data collection protocols, and possess a strong work ethic. Preferred Qualifications: Experience in songbird nest searching and monitoring, recording avian vocalisations, bird banding, and re-sighting colour bands. Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, send a cover letter detailing interests, relevant research/ field experience, and dates of availability, a CV, and contact information for 2 referees to Kristin White (kakovach.217AT gmail.com) and Nadya Sotnychuk (nadya.sotnychuk.2016ATowu.edu) with the subject ‘Grey Fantail Volunteer Opportunity 2019’. Serious inquiries regarding the project and position are welcome.
  26. A pair of New Zealand penguins that broke into a sushi stall at Wellington's busiest railway station have been returned to their natural habitat. View the full article
  27. London's house sparrows (Passer domesticus) have plummeted by 71% since 1995, with new research suggesting avian malaria could be to blame. View the full article
  28. In nature, as in life, there's often more than one way to solve a problem. That includes the evolutionary process. A new study in Evolution Letters finds that different bird species in the same challenging environment—the highly saline ecosystem of tidal marshes along ocean shores—were able to evolve unique species-specific ways to address the same problem. View the full article
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