AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS (5-7 positions) needed early May – early July 2021 to monitor forest and shrubland bird response to forest management on large blocks of public land in Pennsylvania. Surveys will consist of early-morning point-counts spread throughout the landscape. Although Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush are the primary focus of our surveys, technicians must be able to identify (using visual and auditory cues) all birds encountered during surveys. Technicians will also conduct vegetation surveys which involve identifying shrubs and saplings and quantifying several aspects of forest structure. Other tasks will involve entering data into a computer daily and assisting with additional field related activities as needed (e.g., mist-netting, radio-telemetry). Housing with 2-5 other technicians, field vehicles, and fuel will be provided. Strong applicants will know most eastern forest birds by song, have a passion for spending early mornings (and potentially some late evenings) in the field, be physically fit and capable of working in a rugged forested setting (with insects, snakes, poison ivy, etc.). Although technicians work in teams, avian surveys are conducted alone, and technicians must be prepared to occasionally walk up to >1 km to survey locations. The ability to communicate with public land managers, navigate using a GPS, and work well in teams is also important, though basic training can be provided. Individuals seeking a challenging yet rewarding field position are encouraged to apply via the information below.
To apply: Please send in a single pdf document: 1) Brief letter of interest 2) Contact information for two references 3) Resume to Jacob Goldman: firstname.lastname@example.org