Position: Arctic Alaska Qupaluk Field Technician
Reports to: Dr. Rebecca McGuire, Avian Ecologist
Location: Qupaluk/Fairbanks, Alaska
Country Program/Sector: GCP America’s Program, Arctic Beringia
Position Type: Full-Time Temporary
Internal liaison: Arctic Beringia Avian Ecologist, Arctic Beringia Regional Director, Arctic Beringia Regional Business Manager
Expected travel: 90% of this position’s time will be spent in the field (Qupaluk), and 10% of the time in Fairbanks
The Wildlife Conservation Society (“WCS”) is a New York not-for-profit corporation founded by statute in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through research, science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. That mission is achieved through our global conservation programs (WCS currently oversees a portfolio of more than 500 conservation projects in 65 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and North America, and the oceans between them) and through the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks–the Bronx Zoo; the New York Aquarium; and the Central Park, Queens, and Prospect Park Zoos (the City Zoos)
The WCS Arctic Beringia Program aims to protect Arctic wildlife such as polar bear, walrus, arctic fox, muskoxen, seals, and shorebirds from pressures related to a rapidly changing climate and the onset of new industrial development. At the same time, WCS works to ensure the region’s communities can continue to depend on local resources for food, as well as economic and cultural vitality. Implementing conservation in such a rapidly changing environment can only be effective through working with scientists, local experts, and indigenous communities
The study is the initial field season researching tundra-breeding birds at Qupaluk, AK. The primary goals are to assess nest density, nest survival, and predator numbers at Qupaluk. The crew (crew leader and two technicians) will live in tents for the duration of the field season. Field conditions will wet, cold, windy, and very buggy. Field location is extremely remote and crew members will not leave the field site until the end of the season (all resupplies will be flown out with no access to local communities).
Duties will include setting up plots, nest searching those plots both with rope-drag and single-person methods, recording habitat information, assigning nest site vegetation and woody debris classifications for each nest found, determining nest fate, and data entry. A subset of shorebirds will be trapped on the nest and blood samples will be taken and transmitters attached. The field leader will be responsible for coordinating daily activities, updating the PIs regularly, and preparing a short report on the season’s activities.
Applicants must have excellent bird identification skills, education and training, advanced knowledge and education in principles of wildlife ecology and avian research, be familiar with using a compass, GPS, binoculars, and able to consistently exercise discretion and judgment, and make decisions while working independently. Experience, education and/or training working in the Arctic is preferred, as is experience nest searching. Applicants must be enthusiastic, in excellent physical condition and willing to work for long hours in difficult field conditions. Applicants must be comfortable working in bear country. The ability to work independently and follow all safety protocols is vital.
· Bachelor in Wildlife Ecology or a related field is required
· Must have prior remote field experience of at least one season
· Must be able to work well with a team and maintain professionalism in challenging conditions
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply via the link below by February 19, 2021.
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