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  • Avian Field Technicians - Black Rails in NC

    Bart Paxton
    • Employer: The Center for Conservation Biology, William and Mary
      Location: Barrier islands of North Carolina
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Position Description:
    The Center for Conservation Biology is seeking two (2) field technicians to conduct crepuscular surveys for Black Rails in marshes associated with North Carolina barrier islands. Responsibilities include: conducting crepuscular call back surveys, data collection, entry and management. Surveys will be conducted by truck, ATV and by foot during the 2 hours before and after sunrise and sunset. This is a full time temporary position. Dates of employment are approximately 1 May-1 July, 2022. All surveys will occur on remote barrier islands accessible only by ferry. Camping for multiple days is required on each barrier island. Camping equipment (Tents, stoves, coolers, thermacells, bug suits, etc.) will be provided. Housing will be provided or hotel costs will be reimbursed while on the mainland.

    Ideal candidates are willing to spend extended periods of time on remote barrier islands. Willing to work approximately 4 hours around sunrise and 4 hours around sunset. Applicants should be able to identify Black Rails and other Rallidae species by sound. Previous experience with marsh bird surveys or call back surveys is highly desirable. Expected work schedule is 5 days on, 2 days off (40-hour work week). Weather will be the primary factor in determining work schedule so the ideal candidate will be flexible and capable of managing their workload to maximize the number of call back surveys conducted per day to adhere to the project timeline. Must be able complete tasks and maintain a good attitude in less than ideal conditions. On the remote barriers islands conditions may be wet, windy, hot, sandy, and buggy.

    Preferred Attributes:

    ·         Experience conducting avian surveys.

    ·         Knowledge of Black Rail and other Rallidae species vocalizations.

    ·         Flexibility and experience leading or working independently on a field research project.

    ·         Willingness to camp in primitive conditions on barrier islands for multiple days at a time.

    ·         Willing and physically capable of walking several miles in sand.

    ·         Experience with the safe operation of ATV vehicles.

    ·         Experience conducting nocturnal surveys or other nighttime field research.

    ·         Familiarity with identifying marsh species by sound.

    ·         Experience with the operation of 4wd vehicles and ATVs in sand.


    Pay Rate: $14.50-$18/hour depending on experience plus grocery stipend.


    To apply: Visit full job posting at https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/46317

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