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  • Avian Field Technicians (3) – Shrubland Songbird Breeding Ecology

    • Employer: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Location: Kennekuk County Park, Danville, Illinois
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/20/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    (3) Field Technicians needed for a study investigating the breeding ecology of songbirds in shrubland habitats of Eastern Illinois. Work will primarily involve finding and monitoring nests of focal species (Field Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Common Yellowthroat, Indigo Bunting, and Gray Catbird) and other common songbird species (e.g. Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue-winged Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, American Robin, Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Jay, Eastern Towhee, and others), and monitoring nest boxes (Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Chickadee, Tree Swallow, House Wren).  Technicians will also assist graduate students with sampling egg physiology (measuring heartbeat rate, incubation temperature), the capture and banding of adult and nestling birds, and deploying sound recorders and nest cameras. Technicians may also have opportunities to help out (once a week until the end of spring migration) on a newly created mist netting station run by researchers from Illinois Natural History Survey. Technicians will have to find t heir own housing (cheap options available in Champaign-Urbana), but travel to and from sites will be provided. Rate of pay: ~10.50-12.50$/per hour.

    Positions run from April 20th to July 31st (end dates flexible)

    Applicants must be willing to work long hours outside, moving through dense (thorny/spiny/ticks/poison ivy) vegetation under a variety of physically demanding field conditions (sunny, hot, humid, windy, wet, chilly). Ideal candidates will be energetic, hard-working, team players that pay close attention to directions and details while conducting research in the field and entering collected data. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in finding and monitoring songbird nests.

    To Apply: Please send application (cover letter, cv/resume, and information of three references) via email in ONE PDF FILE (please name file in the following format: firstname_lastname_Songbird _Application) to Todd Jones (preferred email: toddmj AT illinois.edu), Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Turner Hall, Urbana, IL 61801.

    Edited by toddmj898

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