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
Please contact Isabel Krahling (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.