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  • Goshawk Population Genetics

    • Employer: Utah State University Uintah Basin
      Location: Vernal, UT
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position Summary:

    Research on Northern Goshawk population dynamics is ongoing in North Eastern Utah. Hiring for the field crew for 2019 with a possibility of an transitioning to an MS program is open. Three positions are available to work with Utah State University Biology faculty in collaboration with the Ashley National Forest (ANF) to conduct field work in the Uintah Mountains to monitor Northern Goshawk populations as part of the crew. Associated with this project is an opportunity to transition to an MS program at Utah State University to study population genetics in Northern Goshawks. Please apply for a field crew position or email Dr. Becky Williams for additional information about the graduate program opportunity at becky.williams@usu.edu.

    Applications are accepted only via USU’s Hiretouch: https://usu.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=4206

    Goshawk Crew Interns assess nesting success by visiting known nests; recording evidence of nesting; prey remains near the nest; habitat characteristics, including invasive plants; and recording local disturbances. Crew members will also be responsible for collecting genetic samples (fecal material and feathers) using sterile technique. Crew members may have the opportunity to band nestlings up to 3 days during the season.

    Positions are funded for no more than 29 hrs/wk for 14 weeks each, roughly May 6th-August 2nd. Preference will be given to raptor applicants who could begin earlier. Crew compensation will be $12.50/hr. Preference will be given to qualified Utah State University students. Preference will also be given to applicants that can be present during the entire field season. No housing is provided with this position.

    Interns will make field observations of wildlife or vegetation according to protocol, collect data, and enter data. They will collaborate with teammates and the crew lead to collect and assemble a high quality data set in an efficient manner. Fieldwork will require strenuous hiking, work in adverse weather conditions, and irregular hours. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently. Review of applicants will begin 1 Feb 2019 and continue until positions are filled.



    ·      CRP/Wilderness First Aid Certification

    ·      Conduct field surveys independently after training

    ·      Avian identification, including Goshawks and common prey species

    ·      Plant identification and quantification following protocol

    ·      Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on unmaintained roads

    ·      Hiking to work sites, sometimes in adverse weather, sometimes at irregular hours

    ·      Follow protocols for raptor surveys with emphasis on minimizing disturbance

    ·      GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites


    Minimum Qualifications:

    ·      Experience identifying birds

    ·      Experience identifying plants

    ·      Demonstrated fieldwork experience

    ·      Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills

    ·      Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills

    ·      Ability to follow safety regulations 

    ·      Driver’s license and experience driving 4WD vehicles

    ·      Ability to efficiently execute directives and study plan

    ·      Ability to collaborate with crewmates and follow team lead


    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·      Professional fieldwork experience

    ·      Professional plant identification experience or certifications

    ·      Professional raptor identification experience

    ·      GIS, GPS, or orienteering experience

    ·      Experience with raptor handling and survey protocols

    ·      Data entry experience

    ·      Experience with technical climbing

    ·      Demonstrated relevant coursework, including but not limited to one or more classes in a topic such as ornithology, biology, genetics, ecology, natural resource management, botany, or GIS

    ·      Demonstrated experience with population genetics and a passion for the field and a desire to earn a graduate degree


    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Along with the online application, please attach the following documents combined into a single pdf:

    1. A cover letter, including a summary of why you are seeking this position

    2. A current résumé

    3. A list of the names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two professional references (not family members)

    4. Unofficial transcripts

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