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  • Avian Point Count Technician

    • Employer: Indiana Univ of PA & SUNY ESF
      Location: Pennsylvania
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS (6-8 positions) needed early May – early July 2019 to monitor forest and shrubland birds on public and private lands in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Surveys will consist of all-species bird point counts and walking transects. Qualified candidates will possess the basic skills necessary for identifying native birds by sight and sound. Although Golden-winged Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Wood Thrush are the primary focus of our surveys, technicians must be able to identify all birds encountered during passerine surveys. Technicians will also conduct vegetation surveys, enter data into a computer daily, and perform other field related activities as needed. Housing with 1-4 other technicians, field vehicles, and fuel will be provided. Strong applicants will 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 private land owners and 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.

    Salary: 480-550/weekly DOE

    Start Date: 05/01/2019


    -Ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound

    -Ability to hike several kilometers each day through rugged terrain

    -GPS, map reading, and orienteering skills

    -Strong work ethic and ability to communicate effectively with private landowners

    -Positive attitude and ability to live in close quarters with several other technicians

    -Must possess a valid driver's license

    Application Instructions:

    Please send in a single pdf document: 1) Brief letter of interest 2) Contact information for two references 3) Resume to

    Cameron Fiss: cafiss@syr.edu

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