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  • Experienced Nest Searcher

    • Employer: Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
      Location: Otto, NC
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    **Start date will be in the last week of April. Must be able to start before May. 

    **Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. 

    Experienced Nest Searcher needed for a study of Canada Warblers, Black-throated Blue Warblers, and other songbirds near the southern edge of their breeding ranges at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. 

    Duties will include: Nest searching daily, but may occasionally assist with mist-netting and banding birds. We will use standard methods of behavioral observations and vegetation searching as well as radio-telemetry. Additionally, we will be target netting males and females of three target species: Black-throated blue warbler, hooded warbler, and Canada warbler. Monitoring nests daily, and providing accurate and detailed accounts of breeding activity. 

    Position also necessitates attention to detail, self-motivation, a positive attitude, and the ability to work long days in the field. Field days will often begin before dawn. We are looking for technicians who can be independent when needed but are able to work and live closely with co-workers. Eagerness to conduct avian ecology work is essential as well as interest in an immersive experience. Work begins mid to late April and lasts until mid-July. Shared housing and a stipend of $13 per hour (40 hours/week), commensurate with experience, will be provided. 

    The ability to identify most eastern birds by sight and sound required. Experience in searching for open-cup shrub nesting passerines or similar required. Experience target netting, banding, and extracting small passerines is strongly preferred. Position also requires good color vision, ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound, the ability to hike navigate, and work alone in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions, and an interest in avian ecology. Experience conducting point-counts, radio-tracking songbirds, and passive mist-netting preferred but not required. 


    Please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for 3 references as a single document titled “LastName_NestSearchingPosition” to Sam Merker at cardellina.canadensis AT gmail.com






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