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  • American Woodcock Nesting Technician

    Guest Colby Slezak
    • Employer: University of Rhode Island
      Location: Kingston, RI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/31/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    The University of Rhode Island is seeking a highly motivated research technician to assist on a PhD project investigating spatial movements and habitat use of American woodcock in Rhode Island state management areas. Primary duties will include searching for nests and broods using pointing dogs, banding adults and broods, attaching radio-telemetry packages, tracking, and data entry. Technician will work 40 hours/week, but schedule will be very irregular at times. The position will run from 15 March-15 June 2022. Housing will be located in Kingston, RI and utilities will cost ca. $75/month.


    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. Must be team-oriented (work among a small group of 4) but also capable of working alone in the field. Must possess good work ethic and be capable of working long days. Public engagement is a major component of this work, the technician will work closely alongside volunteer dog handlers.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·         Ability to work a flexible schedule

    ·         Gamebird handling, banding, and VHF transmitter attachment experience

    ·         Experienced with radio-telemetry  

    ·         Ability to work with and coordinate with volunteer dog handlers

    ·         Ability to navigate using GPS and compass

    ·         Close-attention to detail and legible note-taking

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

    ·         Positive attitude and sense of humor when conditions aren’t ideal

    ·         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 31 December 2021. Please write: “AMWO Field Technician 2022” in the subject line of your email.

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