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  • Avian Field Technician

    • Employer: Carnegie Museum of Natural History/ Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
      Location: Western/Central Pennsylvania
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be conducting field surveys within several State Forests in central Pennsylvania to monitor the effects of prescribed fire through Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) efforts on forest bird communities.


    Job Description:  The successful applicant will conduct off-road point counts at study sites across Pennsylvania and will be expected to work independently to complete up to 20 point-count surveys each survey morning at up to select sites over the season, bush-whacking on foot to most point locations and navigating through rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. rocks, insects, poison ivy, and rattlesnakes). The avian field technician will also be expected to assist with rapid vegetation assessments and should be familiar with standard measures of forest structure and cover. Other duties will include desktop field preparations, site access communications, data entry, and other tasks as needed.


    Qualifications:  Positions require knowledge of and experience with identification of northeastern U.S. breeding birds by sight and (primarily) sound.  Experience with avian survey techniques preferred. Individuals must be able to work well independently and as a team, and communicate closely with the project supervisor and other WPC staff.  Able and willing to hike long distances and work long hours in cool, hot, or wet spring/summer weather conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred.  Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Preferred candidates will have completed or will be pursuing B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field.


    Pay:  $12 per hour plus housing; 40 hour work-week, plus travel expenses (mileage and lodging during field work)


    Position Duration:  mid-May to late-July (approximately 8 weeks)


    TO APPLY: Visit www.carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities; click on Search Jobs and click on Apply in the section titled Field Assistant I, Avian Research (Requisition #167).  Please include your resume, three references, and a cover letter detailing your experience surveying birds by sight and sound, extracting and banding birds, affixing transmitters to birds, and tracking birds via radio telemetry. All documents should be saved in one file to allow for upload through our Applicant Tracking System.

    The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

    Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

    Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check

    FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

    Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

    Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity


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