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  • Drone-based marsh bird research technicians, Delaware

    Guest Hailey Glasko
    • Employer: University of Delaware
      Location: Delaware
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/18/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Two to three technicians are needed for marsh bird demographic research conducted by the Saltmarsh Habitat Avian Research Program (SHARP).  SHARP is a collaborative group of researchers studying tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation across the northeastern United States with emphasis placed on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Willet, and Clapper Rail. Additional information can be found at www.tidalmarshbirds.org.

    This position will be focused on marsh bird nesting ecology and will be conducted along Delaware Bay with housing provided.  The successful applicants will assist in nest searching and monitoring conducted both on foot and via drone thermal imagery. Workdays typically entail very early mornings, operating trucks and boats, and traversing the marsh on foot. Days in the marsh are often hot, humid, and buggy, applicants must be able to work in these conditions while maintaining a positive attitude. Successful applicants will gain experience in nest searching and monitoring, planning and organizing drone flights, boat trailering and operation, data management, and thermal imaging video review.

    All applicants must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to adjust to varying schedules during the field season, and a willingness to work in hot, buggy marshes both on foot and from boats. Ideal applicants will have prior experience in nest searching and/or collecting vegetation data. Applicants with nest searching experience will be prioritized. Experience with boat operation, trailering, and drone operation is also desirable.  Successful applicants must follow University of Delaware COVID-19 protocols while employed by the university.

    Ideal start date would be May 1st, however, there is potential flexibility in start date until May 14th and the position will run until August.

    Salary is $1500-2500/month depending on professional experience.

    Core Qualifications

    ·       Experience in avian nest searching

    ·       Experience in collecting vegetation data

    ·       Valid driver’s license

    ·       Ability to carry up to 40 lbs of material for short distances

    ·       Ability to maintain a positive attitude while working in adverse conditions

    Additional skills which may strengthen applications include:

    ·       Boating experience

    ·       Trailer experience

    ·       Experience with thermal imaging

    ·       Drone/pilot license

    To apply, please send one pdf document containing a cover letter indicating how you learned of the opportunity, a resume, and contact information for 3 references to Hailey Glasko at hglasko@udel.edu. The email subject line should read “Drone-based marsh bird research technician”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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