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  • Eastern Whip-poor-will Field Technician

    • Employer: The Ohio State University
      Location: Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    In the summer of 2019, our research group deployed 70 archival GPS tags on Eastern Whip-poor-wills at five sites across three states (northern Wisconsin, northern and southern Ohio, and the Ozark region of Missouri). We programmed tags to take points during migration and the wintering period. The objective in the Spring 2020 season is to recover as many of these tags as possible. 

    We are searching for one technician, with substantial banding experience, to assist with field work on recapturing individuals and collecting additional data.  Field work will allow for numerous birding opportunities in daylight hours across this diverse ecoregion.  

    Job Duties and Responsibilities: 
    • Target netting Whip-poor-wills  
    • Collect fecal and tissue samples for genetic and stable isotope analysis
    • Collecting morphometric data
    • Data entry and other computer-based tasks for the project 
    • Interact positively and professionally with landowners, locals and agency employees as needed 

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted): 
    • Experience banding, ageing, and sexing birds, and setting up/taking down mist nets
    • Willingness to work at night
    • Valid driver’s license and back-country road experience 
    • Experience using field basic field equipment (e.g. GPS units, game callers)
    • Attention to detail and ability to collect quality data 
    • Ability to travel and work with a partner for extended periods 
    • Ability to work alone in the field 

    Location, housing, and working conditions:
    We will conduct field work at five sites in three states (MO, OH, and WI, in that order), spending roughly two weeks at each site. Whip-poor-will activity is highly dependent on light from the moon, thus we will schedule our field work around the lunar calendar. We will work until we capture all feasible individuals at a given site (likely for 10-14 days), and then may have multiple days off, particularly around the dates of the new moon. We will work at dawn and dusk every day, but work in the middle of the night will be dependent on lunar conditions and Whip-poor-will activity levels. Days will be free other than data entry / processing as needed, and many of the regions offer excellent birding and hiking opportunities. Housing will primarily be in rural cabins or field stations, although we did camp ~5 nights last field season.

    Start Date: May 1, 2020

    End Date: End of June 15, 2020 (with the possibility of extension to end of June)

    Salary: 1,700 - 1,900/month (commensurate with experience)

    Last Date to Apply: March 15th, 2020 although applications will be reviewed as they are received

    To apply: Send CV, brief cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to Dr. Christopher Tonra (tonra.1@osu.edu).

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