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  • Avian Field Technician Iowa

    Dalton Renner
    • Employer: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
      Location: Ringgold County, Iowa and Harrison County Missouri
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Avian Field Technician: Iowa


    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


    Southern Iowa, Northern Missouri

    Job Category

    Temporary/Seasonal Positions




    $10-14 DOE

    Start Date

    05/22/2022 (flexible)

    Last Date to Apply




    1-2 Avian Technicians (full time) needed mid-May through the end of July or mid-August in the rolling prairies of southern Iowa and northern Missouri. Research projects focus on the effects of grassland management (fire, cattle grazing, and herbicides) on grassland and shrubland avian communities. Though grasslands are increasingly scarce in the Midwest, there are pockets remaining on private lands grazed by cattle. Restoration of these habitats thus requires balancing the needs of birds with the needs of landowners. To address this, we are researching habitat quality for birds in this working, productive landscape.

    Duties of technicians will consist of a combination of the following: line-transect surveys for grassland birds, point counts for shrubland birds, arthropod sampling, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Housing and field vehicles will be provided.

    Please submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a short cover letter detailing your interest in the project and relevant experience to drenne3@illinois.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with preference for earlier applicants.


    Valid driver’s license
    U.S. Citizen
    Experience with avian survey techniques (ex. point counts, line transects, etc.)
    Ability to walk long distances and work long hours in hot and humid conditions
    Completed/pursuing undergraduate degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field


    Experience in identifying grassland or shrubland/forest birds, by sight and sound
    Knowledge of Midwestern grassland grasses, forbs, and shrubs

    Contact Person

    Dalton Renner

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