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  • Common Loon Field Biologist

    Guest Chris Persico
    • Employer: Biodiversity Research Institute
      Location: Rangeley, Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Summary: BRI’s Center for Loon Conservation research studies encompass a variety of ecological stressors. The Center is also actively involved in assisting state and regional conservation agencies in loon monitoring efforts, capture and banding efforts, and development of management plans to ensure long-term reproductive success. Loon field biologists are responsible for acting in support of on-going loon studies involving toxin levels, demographics, behavior, and genetic ecology.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Field biologists collect, record, and report data on loon population and nesting ecology, including:

    Resight banded individuals as part of long-term demographic and contaminant studies;

    Deploy, maintain and remove artificial nest rafts;

    Participate in the live capture of loons, including banding and taking samples according to the scope of work and approved protocols;

    Collect abandoned eggs, eggshells and loon carcasses;

    Uphold the legal requirements of permits;

    Participate in the collection, recording and reporting of data to ensure quality and methodology;

    Submit weekly updates and enter collected data in an Access database;

    ·         Help organize the shipping of field samples to the lab in a timely manner;

    Coordinate, communicate and collaborate with state, federal, industry and private researchers as needed to ensure project goals;

    ·         Participate in data analysis, and report writing as needed;

    ·         Uphold the legal requirements of permits; and,

    All other duties as directed or assigned.


    Hours/Schedule: This is a full-time, seasonal position, with varying hire and release dates, depending on the individual assignment. Weather and other factors determine the work schedule, although a 40 hour work week is required. There will be occasional night and weekend work. It is at the discretion of the employee to work effectively as conditions dictate.


    Qualifications: B.A. or B.S. in wildlife biology, wildlife management, biology, zoology, ecology, or a related discipline. A valid driver's license is required. 

    Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    ·      Courses and/or work experience in wildlife biology, preferably with avian or aquatic species;

    ·      Ability to work independently, as well as with a team of other researchers;

    ·      Strong swimming ability;

    ·      A working knowledge of kayak, canoe, and/or powerboat use;

    ·      Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and Access;

    ·      Patience to monitor banded individuals;

    ·      Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions; and,

    ·      A genuine interest in learning about wildlife conservation and their habitats.

    ·      A vehicle with towing ability of up to 5,000lbs is preferred but not required.

    Supervisory Responsibilities: None. 

    Physical Demands: Physically demanding work requires Field biologists to be in excellent physical condition and must possess an ability to tolerate weather extremes, rough water, hiking into remote lakes and the company of black flies. Need to be able to lift 50+ lbs.

    Work Environment: The field site is located in the Rangeley Region of Western Maine. Field research often requires long hours, sometimes alone in the field in remote areas.  Shared housing is provided.

    Compensation: Compensation will be $13.80-$14.80 DOE with housing included, mileage reimbursed.

    Applicants will be responsible for traveling to Rangeley, Maine


    To apply submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references in a single pdf file to chris.persico@briwildlife.org 


    *Note: In the event of changes to a project scope or schedule beyond our control, staff may be re-assigned, and are required to be flexible and willing to change assignments as circumstances may dictate. The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee and are subject to change.


    Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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