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    Avian Nest Searching/Banding Technician wanted for late April-July Field Season (Durango, CO/Northern New Mexico)


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    • Employer: CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY
      Location: Northwestern New Mexico/Durango, Colorado
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are looking for 2-3 technicians to join our team for a project in the pinyon-juniper forests of northern New Mexico. An ideal candidate has bird banding and nest searching experience and/or experience identifying birds by sight and sound. Work would start in mid to late April or early May and finish at the end of July 2020.

    The technician would assist with a project that investigates the effects of light and noise on a community of breeding birds. Main target species include chipping sparrow, gray flycatcher, plumbeous vireo, gray vireo, mountain bluebird, western bluebird, Bewick's wren, and juniper titmouse and ash-throated flycatcher. Activities include nest searching, monitoring nest boxes, assisting with mist netting and banding, recording vocalizations, recording noise and light levels, attaching radiotags, deploying and operating telemetry equipment, plus insect and vegetation sampling. Ability to drive a four wheel drive vehicle on unmarked dirt roads and use a GPS off trail for navigation is desirable.

    Conditions are variable—early season is chilly and late season can be very hot and buggy with afternoon monsoons, so a good attitude across conditions is a must. Assistants must be physically able to hike across rough terrain, navigate on rural dirt roads with little to no cell service, follow protocols, take detailed field notes and enter data promptly. Camping on site is also occasionally required for night work taking light measurements.

    Compensation is approximately $5,000/3 months plus housing (typically a shared field house in Durango). Schedule is typically 8 hours per day with two days off each week, but the schedule is subject to change based on nesting cycles and inclement weather. Outdoor adventure opportunities abound on days off, with easy access to the San Juan Mountains, Mesa Verde National Park and Southeastern Utah.

    To apply or for further information, please send CV and cover letter detailing your interest and experience as well as contact information for 3 professional references to jnphilli@calpoly.edu. Candidates from groups underrepresented in biology, including women, LGBTQ, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Application review will begin February 15th, 2020.

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