The McConnell Lab at Mississippi State University is seeking a qualified technician to assist with graduate research focused on breeding birds in Mississippi’s longleaf pine forests from May 1st - July 1st. Technicians will be responsible for territory mapping and surveying occupancy/abundance of Bachman’s sparrows and northern bobwhites at the Marion County Wildlife Management Area near Columbia, MS. The primary goal of this project is to examine the effects of dormant and growing season fire on southeastern avian species of concern. There is some flexibility in start/end dates but applicants that are able to begin in early May will be given preference.
Job duties include:
1.) Re-sighting and mapping locations of color-banded Bachman’s sparrows
2.) Conducting breeding productivity transects
3.) Surveying vegetation at re-sight locations
4.) Conducting point counts of Bachman’s sparrows and northern bobwhites (along with several other secondary focus species)
5.) Entering data in Microsoft Excel
1.) Hold or are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology or a similar discipline
2.) Have experience confidently identifying southeastern birds by sight and sound
3.) Have experience re-sighting color-banded passerines
4.) Are capable of conducting field work in sometimes difficult conditions (i.e., heat/humidity, stinging/biting insects, venomous snakes, feral hogs, uneven terrain)
Technician position is $10/hour and 40 hours/week.
Shared housing will be provided at the Marion County WMA headquarters. A vehicle will be provided for fieldwork. Technicians will need to bring their own field gear (binoculars, sturdy boots, backpack, etc.).
Email a single PDF titled LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_BACS.pdf including (1.) a cover letter detailing your experience, interests, and qualifications, (2.) your resume/CV, and (3.) contact information for three references to Michael Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org
(please reference “BACS 2021” in the subject line).