The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking to fill 2 full-time experienced seasonal field technician positions for the Adaptive and Integrative Management (AIM) program from 27 February – 16 June 2023. The AIM program is responsible for the proactive management of at-risk species and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) research on the Fort Hood Military Installation located in central Texas. Currently, the program focuses on pollinator and avian species in grassland habitats.
There will be multiple projects technicians will be working on throughout the season. The primary duties will include: (1) early pre-dawn surveys focused on detecting owls and nightjars with the use of playback recordings. (2) early morning avian point count surveys focused on Northern Bobwhite. (3) Monarch Butterfly distance sampling and monitoring. Additional projects that may be completed throughout the field season include: assisting researchers with capturing nightjars, garden/habitat maintenance, and vegetation surveys.
Individuals must be able to work both independently and alongside team members. Have the ability to identify birds by sight and sound. Be physically fit and able to stand/walk for long periods of time in extreme weather conditions. Feel comfortable working during early morning hours. Preference will be given to candidates that possess a knowledge of central Texas flora and fauna. Pay is $17/hour. Housing is not provided, but field trucks are provided for work duties only. Some weekend work may be needed. To apply for the position, please email a single pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Charlie Plimpton at email@example.com. Include “2023 AIM Seasonal Biologist” followed by your full name in the subject line of the email. The application deadline is December 31st.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology or a related field. Significant experience with conducting field surveys. Excellent observational skills including hearing and vision. Ability to work independently and interact effectively with project managers, other technicians, and agency personnel if applicable. Applicants must be well organized, provide strict attention to detail, and have great communication skills. Be willing and able to work in potentially difficult field settings including: extreme weather conditions, rough terrain, venomous snakes, and fire ants. Have a valid driver’s license. A background check will be conducted on final candidates.