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  • Avian Field Technicians – Forest Birds and Vegetation

    • Employer: Pennsylvania State University
      Location: Central Pennsylvania
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/30/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    We are seeking qualified individuals (2) to assist with field work on a continuing study at Penn State investigating the determinants of Wood Thrush nesting success and productivity in central Pennsylvania forests. Field season runs from mid-May to late July/early August and takes place in Centre, Huntingdon, and Blair counties in central Pennsylvania. Work will primarily consist of conducting multi-species point counts of interior forest breeding species, target nest searching and monitoring for Wood Thrush, and measurement of soil and forest vegetation. Ancillary work will include deploying cameras at nests, along with data entry and proofing later in the summer and on rainy days. Field work will include early mornings, long days, and some weekend work. Rate of pay $12-$14/hr. based on experience.



    • Ability to identify Pennsylvania forest birds by sight and sound.
    • Previous experience finding and monitoring songbird nests preferred but not required.
    • Knowledge of Pennsylvania/Mid-Atlantic trees and shrub identification (preferred).
    • Ability to hike up steep grades and through forests over uneven terrain.
    • Familiarity with forest measurements (BA prism, DBH tape, etc.)
    • Ability to work alone as well as amicably in two or three person teams.
    • Attention to detail and accuracy while collecting and entering field data.
    • Housing in or around State College or Huntingdon, PA preferred (housing not provided).



    $12-$14/hr. based on experience.


    To apply, please send a cover letter/email detailing your interest and salient experience, a resume, and the names and email addresses of two references to Eric Zawatski at ejz5042@psu.edu.


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