We are currently seeking FIELD TECHNICIANS (2-4) to join our Florida team for the 2020 CSSS field season. Technicians will assist with a long-term demographic study of the federally endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow in Everglades National Park. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about avian conservation and enjoy conducting field research in remote locations under harsh field conditions. Applicants must be physically fit, detail-oriented, and comfortable working alone and as part of a cohesive team.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
· Nest searching and monitoring in grassland habitat
· Conducting point count surveys for CSSS in remote areas
· Re-sighting color-banded sparrows & territory mapping using GPS
· Deploying and maintaining nest cameras and remote acoustic recorders
· Assisting with mist netting and banding endangered species
· Detailed behavioral observation, data entry and management
· Limited vegetation sampling
· Writing blogs and other social media outreach
Applicants must be physically fit and able to carry 20-50 pounds of field equipment. We typically cover between 5-12 kilometers each morning; trudging through deep mud, on uneven terrain, under the Florida sun. Fieldwork will be conducted in the early mornings (beginning before sunrise) 5-6 days/week; afternoons will be spent entering data, maintaining equipment, and conducting outreach. Field crew will travel to and from remote field sites by car and sometimes by helicopter. DOI helicopter certification will be provided. Applicants must have their own vehicle for getting to and from field sites, which are about 10-30 miles from the housing. Field crew will carpool as much as possible and fuels costs will be reimbursed. Shared housing in Homestead, FL will be provided. This position is temporary, beginning in mid-March and lasting approximately 4 months.
Previous avian research experience in the field is required. Technicians with experience working with passerines in grassland habitat, especially nest searching, are strongly preferred. Candidates with demonstrated experience using a spotting scope and working in difficult field conditions (high heat, humidity, & biting insects) are also preferred. Having strong bird identification skills is a plus, as is proficiency in MS Excel and Access.
To apply: Send a letter of interest to David Tafoya, along with a resume and three references (include names, emails, and phone numbers) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “CSSS Field Tech” in the subject line of your email.