Position: Seasonal Field Technicians (2) – Avian ecology in the Adirondacks, NY
Agency: State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Location: Huntington Wildlife Forest, Adirondacks, New York
Salary: ≈ $400/wk
Dates: ≈ June 3rd – beginning-mid Aug 2018
Last date to Apply: 4/10/2019
Technicians will conduct biological surveys and tasks associated with the project’s goals to assess bird behavior, habitat use, and distribution. Additional tasks throughout the season will be done to support other project efforts (bats, small mammals, epiphytes). Duties may include some or all of the following: focal following individual birds, recording behavioral cues, point counts; setting up, maintaining and assisting with analysis of acoustic detector data; habitat assessment on the ground and using geospatial tools; data entry and management; sampling small mammals; equipment maintenance. The majority of the work will be conducting follow surveys of a subset of species. Two weeks will be devoted to small mammal trapping. In the field, technicians may work individually, or in crews of two, often in somewhat rugged locations and potentially under challenging conditions (hot weather, biting insects, dense vegetation). Some days may include long hours, most days will include early mornings. Technicians will be paid $400 per week. Housing is provided on site at Huntington Wildlife Forest.
Bachelor’s degree in life or natural sciences (e.g., biology, conservation biology, etc.) completed or in progress; or equivalent related coursework and/or experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in the relevant skills: experience conducting acoustic sampling for bats, exposure to plant and bird species present in the northeastern forest type, use of handheld GPS units and ArcMap, experience with Microsoft Access databases. *Experience identifying birds by sight and sound (especially small songbirds in the northeast) and focal following individuals for long periods of time are especially preferred.
Applicants must be able to conduct surveys in accordance with established protocols, work under adverse weather conditions, hike over uneven terrain carrying equipment, work independently and as a team. Applicants must be willing to work flexible hours, especially early mornings. Applicants must have strong attention to detail to collect, enter, proof and otherwise manage data with precision. We are also looking for individuals who are enthusiastic, motivated, and have a positive attitude!
Must be available early June through mid-Aug. Please do not apply or inquire if you are not able to commit to this time frame.
The application deadline is 10 April; however, we are eager to fill these spots and applications will be considered as they are received.
Include in ONE .doc or .pdf file with the following:
1. Cover letter BRIEFLY stating why you are a qualified candidate. Tell us why we should hire you beyond what is obvious from your CV.
2. CV/Resume that should clearly highlight the skills you have to bring, credentialing your focal follow skills, data entry skills, and skills working as a team.
3. Three references (must include: Name, affiliation, phone number, email address)
Contact person: Ravyn Neville