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  • Boreal Bird Field Technician

    Guest Janelle Taylor
    • Employer: University of Wisconsin Madison
      Location: Northern Wisconsin
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/11/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Description

    Boreal bird research technician needed for climate refugia study focused on a suite of boreal species: Canada jay (Perisoreus canadensis), boreal chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus), black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus), and spruce grouse (Canachites canadensis). This study aims to identify currently occupied hemi-boreal forests and quantify microclimate biochemistry using lab analyses and hyperspectral imaging. The technician will be responsible for conducting bird surveys using a playback device, describing basic forest stand characteristics, and collecting vegetation samples (tree clippings). The technician should be able to navigate dense conifer swamps using a GPS and compass, take detailed and accurate notes, and follow protocols. Winter / early spring conditions may be arduous at times.

    A vehicle is not provided for travel between study sites. Lodging is available at Kemp Natural Resources Station, the cost of which would be covered. Housing may be shared with other visiting researchers. The technician will be expected to routinely clean shared spaces and follow housing facility rules.

    The field season will run from the beginning of March to the end of May 2023. Depending on field site access, travel, and data collection efficiency, the technician may only be required for six weeks. The technician will be hired as a limited-term employee (LTE) through the University of Wisconsin Madison.


    Preferably, prior experience conducting bird surveys, boreal bird call identification, experience working in adverse field conditions (e.g., deep snow, cold temperatures, bogs); ability to hike for extended periods of time with field gear (~50 lbs.), ability to work independently after initial site visits with graduate student, willingness to lodge and maintain living spaces with others, and have a valid driver’s license.


    $15 / hour plus lodging

    To Apply

    Please send a single PDF containing a brief cover letter, CV / resume, and contact information for three references in an email titled “Boreal Bird Technician” to Janelle Taylor (jtaylor8@wisc.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is found. The last date that applications may be considered is February 11.

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