One-year, multi-faceted avian field position with a start date of May 1-15 based in Columbia, Missouri; with field sites in pine woodlands of the Ozark Highlands of Missouri and Arkansas. This position will assist with multiple research objectives and projects. Primary responsibilities include coordinating and conducting avian point counts and vegetation collection on the Mark Twain National Forest. The position will also entail capture (mist-netting) and songbird banding, radio telemetry, nest searching and monitoring, and supervision of a field technician. The applicant will work closely with state and federal biologists. Data gathering, entry, and management skills will be required; and opportunities will be available for data analysis, results interpretation, and possibly assistance with manuscript writing.
The ability of the applicant to be motivated and flexible are a must. Applicant must also be flexible with multiple living locations that may vary by season. Housing provided for much of the year while in the field. The position requires early, long and irregular hours under remote and adverse conditions (heat, rain, mosquitoes, etc.). Individuals will be required to work alone and in groups. Exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities (hiking, fishing, camping, Ozark stream paddling) in both study regions of Missouri and Arkansas.
Candidates should have at minimum an M.S. in Ecology, Wildlife, Biology, or a related field. Candidates should also have field experience with any of the following activities: avian point counts, mist-netting and songbird banding, attaching VHF radios to small birds, and nest searching and monitoring. Candidates must also be in good physical condition to traverse rough and rugged terrain.
Preferred candidates will have field experience in all of the above field activities in addition to being highly motivated with strong organizational and communication skills.
Salary: $20/hour with benefits
Complete an MU application at the following link and email letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at three references to:
Dr. Thomas Bonnot
School of Natural Resources
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211
We will begin reviewing applicants March 1, 2020. The position will remain open until it is filled.