Seeking a highly motivated avian field technician to assist with avian point counts and vegetation surveys from April 28 to July 10 (dates variable) . The data will be collected as part of a research project evaluating Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, and the avian community’s response to Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation projects that implement habitat management on private lands throughout West Virginia. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project (AFEP) implements forest management to improve Cerulean Warbler habitat on private lands in portions of their Appalachian breeding range. The Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) Golden-winged Warbler Initiative began in 2012 and targets the creation and maintenance of high quality early successional habitats on private lands within Appalachian Golden-winged Warbler breeding range. We are monitoring the effects of AFEP management on Cerulean Warbler and WLFW management on Golden-winged Warbler throughout West Virginia to evaluate the effectiveness of each program at creating, improving, or maintaining habitat for both species, as well as the overall community. This position offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable field experience working with two high priority species for conservation.
Fieldwork involves conducting 10-minute morning point count surveys for breeding songbirds and conducting vegetation surveys at point count locations on private properties enrolled in AFEP and/or WLFW throughout West Virginia. The selected applicant will be trained in all survey protocols prior to starting fieldwork. Additional work will include data entry and data proofing. The technician will be working closely and living with the supervisor/graduate student, Lincoln Oliver, throughout the field season but point count surveys will be conducted alone. Fieldwork will require early mornings and considerable travel time. A typical work week will involve working 40+ hours/week (6-8 hours/day) and working on some weekends with days off during inclement weather. Salary will be ~$1,700 - 2,100/month for 2.5 months. Field housing, including bunkhouses, cabins, apartments, and possibly tent camping will be provided and shared with the supervisor. Housing on days off/weekends and a field vehicle will be provided. First aid/CPR training and driver safety training will also be provided at no cost.
To apply, please email a cover letter (1 page), resume/CV, and contact information for 3 references as a single document to Lincoln Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is February 14, 2020. Interviews will begin as applications from qualified applicants are received.
1. Identify eastern USA birds by sound and sight (required) and avian point count experience (preferred)
2. Earned (or are working towards) a BS in wildlife, natural resources, or a similar field
3. Ability to navigate using GPS and maps in remote areas and in steep terrain
4. Ability and willingness to work independently or as part of a two-person team during early morning fieldwork
5. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
6. Comfortable working on private lands and interacting with private landowners
7. Maintain a positive, upbeat attitude while working in challenging field conditions