Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is seeking two seasonal field assistants to help with multiple projects involving birds and other wildlife at its research sites in New Fairfield, CT and Pawling, NY from mid/late May through July/early August, 2019. At least one of the field assistants must be experienced with songbird mist-netting and banding to the extent that he/she is demonstrably qualified to do so independently (i.e., able to safely extract, band, age, sex, measure, and weigh birds in a timely manner). Previous experience blood sampling songbirds is a plus but not required. The other field assistant should have previous experience with mist-netting and banding songbirds to the extent that he/she, at a minimum, can help open and close nets, and record data. Two of our summer research projects in 2019 will require frequent mist-netting of birds at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and another study site nearby. One project involves the effects of invasive Japanese barberry on ovenbird habitat quality, diet, and other factors. The other project involves monitoring migrating and breeding songbirds for the presence of the invasive Asian long-horned tick and other ticks as part of a regional tickborne disease monitoring program in collaboration with the Tickborne Disease Prevention Lab at Western Connecticut State University. Both field assistants must have strong eastern bird identification skills (by sight and sound) and will be required to conduct visual bird surveys at Great Hollow and other nearby areas for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project when not assisting with other projects. Other field research duties will include collecting and processing leaf-litter invertebrates, and on occasion, helping with radio-telemetry of turtles and acoustic monitoring of bats (no prior experience necessary). The field assistants may also occasionally be asked to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow.
Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is a newly established environmental education, conservation, and science institute located in New Fairfield, Connecticut, approximately one hour north of New York City. The preserve totals 825 acres and is contiguous or nearly contiguous with thousands of acres of additional protected land in Connecticut and neighboring New York State. Five miles of trails wind through the western side of the preserve and are open to the public year-round. Great Hollow is also open to external researchers and has all of the facilities of a biological field station, including freshly renovated and furnished housing, office space, a wet lab, a lecture room, and a conference room.
-Songbird banding experience as outlined above
-Completion of at least 2 full years of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field.
-Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions.
-Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain.
-Ability to communicate effectively.
-Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
-Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others (for applicants in need of housing).
-Previous field experience and a familiarity with the flora and fauna of the Northeast.
-Proof and continuous maintenance of health insurance coverage during employment.
-U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S.
-Valid driver’s license and own transportation.
Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $300-350 depending on experience, plus free on-site, shared housing and utilities (electric, heat, cable tv/internet/phone) at Great Hollow Nature Preserve.
To apply, please email as a single PDF (1) a cover letter that describes in detail your field experience with birds (particularly your banding experience), (2) C.V., and (3) names, contact info, and relationships to at least 2 professional references who can attest to your relevant field experience to Dr. Chad Seewagen at info AT greathollow.org. Please label your PDF and the subject line of the email as "Last name_First name_avian field assistant application". Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.