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  • Avian Point Count Technician

    Guest Lindsey Gapinski
    • Employer: Iowa State University
      Location: Northern/Central Iowa
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/03/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Location: Northern/Central Iowa

    Compensation: $1,920/month

    Start date: ~May 5, 2023

    Housing/vehicle provided


    Job description:

    We are seeking a wildlife technician for avian point count and vegetation surveys from May 5 ~August 31, 2023 for a study investigating nongame breeding bird use of restored wetlands in Iowa’s Prairie Pothole Region. This project is part of the U.S. Geological Survey Iowa Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Iowa State University in partnership with Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Study sites are on both public and private land that has been restored back to wetland largely from agricultural use through the USDA NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

    Job duties will include conducting avian point count surveys, conducting vegetation surveys, and daily data entry and QA/QC. Technicians should be comfortable working both alone and in small groups. Technicians should expect early mornings walking through adverse field conditions at wetlands with unstable footing, biting insects, and unpredictable weather. Training will be provided during the first week of employment; training hours and start date are flexible. Housing and vehicle will be provided; some camping may be required. Technicians can expect to work an average of ~40 hours/week. A U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record are required. Previous point count experience preferred, but not necessary. Preference will be given to applicants with proven experience identifying birds by sight and sound. Preference will also be given to applications with experience identifying prairie/wetland plants.

    To apply: In a single PDF, please email a one-page cover letter, resume, and contact info for three references to Lindsey Gapinski: gapin1@iastate.edu. Use subject line: “WRP Wildlife Technician”

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