Position: Collision Monitoring Technician
Employer: Oklahoma State University
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Last date to apply: 1 March 2020
Start date: 1 April 2020
End date: 31 Oct 2020
Bird-window collisions are one of the top sources of direct human-related avian mortality. Collisions occur when birds are unable to perceive glass as a barrier due to its transparent and reflective qualities. Multiple mitigation techniques exist to reduce bird-window collisions, including the use of window markers which reduce glass surface reflection and alert birds that windows are barriers. Our research project is investigating the effectiveness of window markers for deterring bird-window collisions at glass-walled bus shelters in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Primary duties for this field technician position will be conducting daily surveys for window-killed bird carcasses and collision evidence at bus shelters throughout Stillwater. Secondary duties will include data entry and management, collecting human disturbance data at bus shelters, conducting bird point count surveys at bus shelters, and assisting with other minor tasks as needed. Duties may change as the season progresses and there may be time for the technician to develop a mentored side research project related to the issue of bird collisions.
This is a full-time position (30-40 hours/week) that will last for 7 months (1 April – 31 October). There is some flexibility with the start and end dates. Salary is $10/hour (up to ~1,760/mo). Housing is not provided. Working conditions will vary with season with the possibility of heavy rains in the spring and humid heat in the summer.
Minimum qualifications include ability to identify common birds found in Oklahoma by sight and sound, ability to work independently in field and office setting, an interest in conservation and ecology, and a strong work ethic. Preferred qualifications include experience surveying for bird carcasses, handling dead and live birds, and using Microsoft Office applications. Candidate must have own car to conduct fieldwork. Mileage will be reimbursed.
To apply, send a single document (PDF preferred) containing a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references to Georgia Riggs (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 1 March 2020.