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  • Crew Leader, Marshbird Surveys, Virginia

    Guest Laura Duval
    • Employer: Center for Conservation Biology, William and Mary
      Location: Eastern Shore of Virginia
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Center for Conservation Biology seeks one crew leader to conduct marshbird point count surveys while supervising 1-5 technicians from April 15-July 31, and subsequently assist with capturing Whimbrel through mid-August on the Eastern Shore of Virginia (ESVA). The study area offers the rare opportunity to traverse protected and pristine marshes that have helped the ESVA receive the designation as a globally Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. The study area supports several declining species in Virginia including black rail, saltmarsh sparrow, American black duck, and sedge wren. See eBird hotspot for Saxis WMA for a good idea of species you can anticipate detecting. Not only should applicants be able to identify marsh obligate bird species by sight and sound, but a successful applicant will be highly organized and possess strong communication and leadership skills. The crew leader will be responsible for maintaining a schedule with their technicians to accomplish the projects goals within a specific timeline. They will independently travel to study sites and navigate challenging marshes to point count locations using GPS. Applicants will need to be physically capable of accomplishing the work and willing to work early mornings. This position also requires experience and comfort with operating a boat and the person must possess a boater safety certification or be able to pass an online course prior to employment. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a standard background check. Shared housing on the ESVA will be provided. Field vehicles will also be provided, though the successful applicant can opt to drive a personal vehicle and be reimbursed for mileage. Pay is $18/hour not to exceed 40 hours/week. Many opportunities for leisure activity exist throughout the ESVA. The area is renowned for fishing and the locally harvested seafood. Chincoteague Island NWR is a nearby birding hotspot and world famous for their population of wild ponies. Several historical points of interest can also be found on the shore as some of the earliest American settlements were established here. You may also find time to swim and sunbathe at public beaches.


    Project-specific required qualifications: Experience identifying eastern birds by sight and sound. Ability to work independently. Ability to operate a boat. Experience coordinating schedules to meet project goals. Project-specific preferred qualifications: Experience in coastal marshes. Experience conducting auditory point counts. Experience interacting with private landowners. Experienced with capturing birds.


    Send resume and cover letter to Laura Duval at lsduval@wm.edu

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