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    cddelancey
    • Employer: Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
      Location: Otto, NC
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Salary: $12.75+/hour (40 hrs a week); housing is included.

    Start Date: April 16, 2022

    End Date: July 15, 2022

    Experienced Nest Searchers (3)

    Nest searchers are needed for a long-term University of Georgia study investigating the breeding biology of Black-throated Blue Warblers at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the Southern Appalachians of western North Carolina.

    Primary Duties:

    • nest searching/monitoring
    • banding of adults and nestlings
    • insect surveys
    • vegetation sampling
    • data entry
    • deploying nest cameras

    Lead bander/point counter (1-2)

    Experience banding, mist net extraction, taking morphometric measurements, and collecting feather samples of small songbirds is required. Position also requires good color vision, ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound, the ability to hike navigate, and work alone in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions, and an interest in avian ecology. Experience training new banders will make candidates very competitive.

    Duties will include: Operating 10, 12 m passive mist nets (4 days/wk), point-counts (1-2 days/wk), target netting warblers (1-2 days/wk), re-sighting color banded warblers, color banding target species, assisting graduate students with projects, and significant data entry. Banders can expect to handle 300+ birds from 30+ species in a season and encounter ~80 species during point count surveys. Banders will also deploy camera traps.

    Primary Duties:

    • Leading banding crew of you and a field tech
    • Some nest searching
    • Point counts
    • Deploy nest cameras
    • Veg surveys
    • Data entry

    Field Technicians (1-2)

    The ability to identify most eastern birds by sight and sound required.  Experience banding and extracting small passerines from mist nets is preferred. Position requires good color vision, ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound, the ability to hike (on and off trail) and work alone in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions, and an interest in avian ecology.

    Duties will include: Assisting banders 4 days/wk, assisting graduate students (1-2 days/wk), re-sighting color banded warblers, assisting graduate students with projects, and significant data entry. Field technicians can expect to handle 75+ birds in a season and encounter ~80 species of songbirds during point count surveys. Technicians will also deploy camera traps.

    Primary Duties:

    • Assist with bird banding leads
    • Some nest searching
    • Some nest camera deployments
    • Point counts
    • Veg surveys
    • Data entry

    Education and Experience:

    • Some classes in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife, or similar field.
    • Position requires good color vision, an interest in avian ecology, and the ability to hike and work alone in rugged and mountainous terrain and variable weather conditions.
    • Position also necessitates attention to detail, self-motivation, and a positive attitude for long days (8-14 hours) in the field with biting insects.

    Preferred Education and Experience:

    •  Experience with passerine nest searching
    •  Experience with mist-netting and handling of nestlings

    Physical Demand:

    Navigating mountainous terrain carrying up to 25lbs of field equipment.

    Application Instructions:

    To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least 3 references to Clay Delancey and Urvi Gupta (btbw.uga@gmail.com). Please provide application materials in one PDF document titled “LastName_Coweeta_Application” and include “Seasonal Avian Ecologist” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and positions are open until filled.




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