Jump to content
Ornithology Exchange
  • Avian Biological Field Technician

    • Employer: Fudickar Lab, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute
      Location: Pembroke, VA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/31/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    Agency: Fudickar Lab, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute

    Location: Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke, VA. (https://mlbs.virginia.edu/)

    Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Biological Field Technician

    Salary: Stipend of $2,400/month. Lodging and food provided. ~40-50 hr/week.

    Start Date: 4/31/2020 (flexible)

    End Date: 7/31/2020



    We will be hiring three individuals for this NSF-funded project that will investigate the mechanisms responsible for differences in the annual schedules of a common songbird, the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis carolinensis). Our experiment will test if environmental factors during early development influence variation in the seasonal schedules of adults. This experiment will include hand-rearing junco nestlings. Bird care responsibilities will occur 16 to 22 hours daily throughout the field season, however individual daily shifts will not extend beyond 8 consecutive hours (see below). A greater understanding of timing mechanisms will help predict adaptability and resilience of populations in rapidly changing environments.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    This position will include both field work and lab work in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Field work will involve searching for and monitoring nests to recover nestlings for experimental procedures. Nest searching will include hiking long distances, scouring vegetation, and following protocols for aging nestlings. Mist netting and banding may be utilized to identify parents. A main and difficult focus of this experiment will be hand-rearing the nestlings in brooders within a light controlled setting. Each captive nestling will need to be fed every 30 minutes throughout their respective “day lengths”. The work schedule will involve long hours for 6-7 days a week that will be challenging but fun. This will include shift hours that may begin as early as 3 a.m. or end as late as 1 a.m., but typically shifts will not continue for more than 8 consecutive hours. ~40-50 hr/week.



    ·         Student or Bachelor’s degree preferred in Biology, Environmental Science, Animal Behavior, or related field

    ·         Bird handling experience required, field work experience preferred

    ·         Able and willing to work long and odd hours

    ·         Applicants must enjoy working outdoors (even in bad weather), be self-motivated, able to work closely with others and live respectfully in shared housing

    ·         Excellent physical condition. Capable of hiking on rugged terrain.

    ·         Personal vehicle encouraged but not required 

    ·         Valid U.S. Driver’s License

    ·         Must pass federal background check


    Contact Person(s): 

    Please contact Isabel Krahling (ikrahlin@iu.edu) with an email titled, “ERI Field Tech Application” with a cover letter, resume, and at least two professional references in single-pdf format titled “last name_app” (e.g. “Smith_app”). Application review will begin January 31st, 2020.

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.

    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Help

    You can edit your own job posts if you sign in before you post. To edit a posted job: sign in, scroll to the bottom, and click "Edit".

    If you need help with anything, post in the Jobs Board Support forum for fastest service or Contact Us.

    You must be signed in to view the Jobs Board Support forum. Sign In.

  • Create New...