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    American Woodcock Field Technician

    • Employer: University of Rhode Island
      Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/20/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Salary: $1800 month w/ housing; $2300 month w/o housing


    The University of Rhode Island is seeking a highly-motivated research technician to assist a graduate student in investigating spatial movements and habitat use of American woodcock (adults and broods) in Rhode Island state management areas. Primary duties will include searching for nests and broods using pointing dogs, mist-netting, banding adults and broods, attaching radio-telemetry packages, tracking, vegetation measurement, recapturing tagged woodcock in fall, GPS attachment, and data entry. Technician will work 40 hours/week but schedule will be irregular especially during the nesting season. The position will run from 25 March-1 November 2020. Housing may be available in Kingston, RI.


    Must possess or be working toward a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences, ecology, natural resources or closely related discipline. Prior field experience involving upland game birds preferred (e.g., mist-netting, floating eggs, radio telemetry, handling/banding). Must be team-oriented but capable of independent field work. Technician will work alongside 2 URI undergraduate researchers and state employees. Must possess good work ethic and be capable of working late nights, especially during the early-spring mist-netting season and fall recapture period.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·         Gamebird handling, banding, and VHF transmitter attachment experience

    ·         Experienced with radio-telemetry  

    ·         Ability to operate mist-nets and extract birds w/o supervision

    ·         Ability to work and coordinate with volunteer dog handlers

    ·         Vegetation sampling and ID experience 

    ·         Ability to navigate using GPS and compass

    ·         Ability to work irregular hours

    ·         Good physical health and ability to hike in challenging terrain (brush, biting insects, hot/humid weather)

    ·         Close-attention to detail and legible note-taking

    ·         Valid driver’s license and clean driving record


    To apply send an email containing a resume, brief cover letter, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF to Colby Slezak (colby_slezak@uri.edu) by 20 January 2020. Please write: “AMWO Field Technician” in the subject line of your email.


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