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  • American Oystercatcher Research Technician - Eastern Shore of Virginia

    Mikayla Call
    • Employer: Virginia Tech Shorebird Program
      Location: Various locations, Eastern Shore of Virginia
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position Description: 

    We are hiring one (1) seasonal technician for the first week of April–mid-August to assist with monitoring American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) nests and chicks to better understand the factors affecting reproductive success of oystercatchers on Virginia’s barrier islands. The research will be working to improve the conservation of American Oystercatchers on the Atlantic Coast. This project is just one of multiple shorebird projects based at Virginia Tech. For more information about shorebird conservation at Virginia Tech, please visit https://www.vtshorebirds.org/

    Responsibilities will include: 

    • Nest searching and monitoring 
    • Trapping, handling, banding, and re-sighting American Oystercatcher chicks
    • Tracking American Oystercatcher chicks using radio telemetry
    • Assembly and maintenance of telemetry equipment
    • Daily trailering of boats and riding in boats
    • Working closely with land management groups
    • Data organization and management 

    Potential responsibilities may also include assisting with capturing, handling, banding, and re-sighting Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) adults and chicks. 

    Compensation will be $13/hour and housing will be provided. 

    Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Mikayla Call at mncall@vt.edu. Positions will remain open until filled.



    • Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science, Biology, Environmental Science, or a related field. 
    • Prior experience with telemetry, boats, avian capture methods and handling techniques, color band re-sighting, and bird banding are preferred, but training will be provided.
    • Ability to work as part of a team and independently 
    • Ability to maintain a positive attitude during long field days and potentially irregular hours. 
    • Ability to work outside daily under sometimes rigorous conditions, and to hike over sand while carrying research equipment.
    • Comfortable with riding in boats. 

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