Field Technicians (3), Breeding Songbird Use of Managed Forests
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, southern & central Illinois
Positions for 3 technicians to assist with research on the abundance and diversity of breeding songbirds in managed Illinois forests are available with a tentative start date of early- to mid-May 2019. The positions will have an end date of no later than August 15, 2019. Primary responsibilities will include determining how forest management in Illinois directly affects bird abundance, diversity, and habitat use during the breeding season. Specific field work will include surveying the breeding bird community within several forests throughout Illinois where forest management is or is going to be occurring, conducting point counts to document the diversity and abundance of birds, surveying woodpecker abundance, deploying remote digital cameras and analyzing images, conducting a few nocturnal bird surveys, inventorying forest structure and composition in association with census points, and entering and analyzing data to assist with summary reports.
The research is being conducted in close collaboration with scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and scientists and land managers at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Army Corp of Engineers. All candidates must possess the minimum of a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline and have had education or research experience closely related to the primary mission of the project. Experience in identifying (by sight and sound) bird species that breed in Illinois, particularly in forests, is required. Incumbent must have experience conducting point counts or other similar bird survey techniques. Must be willing to work long hours outside under a variety of summer field conditions and live in a field station with others. Position requires an ability to work well independently or with others. Experience conducting vegetation surveys is preferred, as is familiarity with and an ability to orienteer using a GPS unit. It is expected that applicants are capable of occasionally walking several miles through forests in a given day carrying a backpack over uneven terrain. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a standard background check. The details for the position are as follows:
Technicians - Preferred applicants will have some previous experience conducting breeding bird surveys in deciduous forests in the eastern U.S.
Preferred duration: Early- to Mid-May 2019 through Early- to Mid-August 2019.
Salary Ranges - Techs $10 - $14 per hour commensurate with experience and skills. Field vehicles provided. Housing provided for 2 positions with shared housing located in Belknap, Illinois approximately 45 minutes away from some of the field sites. Third position based out of Urbana-Champaign Illinois and housing not provided.
To apply: Submit by April 10, 2019 a single PDF (Save as: your last name_first name.pdf) that includes: 1) a cover letter detailing your interest, qualifications for the position, and dates available for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) names and contact information for 3 references (direct supervisors/instructors ONLY) to Grace Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be evaluated in the order received, and the positions will be filled immediately as suitable candidates are found. Applicants not selected will be notified after positions have been filled.