A field technician is needed to assist with ongoing research focused on investigating avian diversity within working loblolly (Pinus taeda) pine forests. These forests provide habitat for many native wildlife species, particularly migratory and resident land birds. There is increasing evidence that forest with early-successional conditions resulting from active forest management may provide important habitat for breeding grassland and shrubland bird species in the eastern U.S. However, little is known about the impact of distribution, proximity, composition, and configuration of early-successional forest patches in large working pine landscapes on bird ecology. The technician will be responsible for conducting avian point counts, vegetation measurements, and data entry. Additionally, there will be the potential to assist other on-site research projects including capture and telemetry of Chuck-will’s-widow, and other opportunities to handle and monitor a variety of avian species.
Applicants should be working towards or have acquired a degree in a natural science field such as wildlife management, biology, zoology, or other related fields. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in southeastern U.S. land bird species identification by sight and sound, particularly grassland, shrubland and pineland bird species, and have avian point count experience.
Applicants must be self-motivated, safety-oriented, and able to work independently during very early-morning hours in hot and humid field conditions. This includes working in adverse conditions such as dense vegetation, with potential exposure to direct sunlight, venomous snakes, ticks and chiggers, biting flies, and contact with poison ivy. The ability to work both independently and with a diverse group of people is essential.
Anticipated start dates are May 4nd- May 8th, 2019 with an expected end date of July 24th, 2019. Some flexibility with start and end dates will be allowed for the right candidate. Technicians will be expected to work some weekends as necessary. Basic housing and vehicles for fieldwork will be provided.
To apply, please send 1) cover letter 2) resume or CV and 3) name and contact information for three professional references as one file to the email listed below.
Salary: $10.10/hour (housing provided), approximately 10 weeks
Last Date to apply:March 1st, 2020