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    Field Crew Leader—Yuma Ridgway’s rail research

    • Employer: University of Idaho
      Location: Southwestern Arizona, Southwestern Nevada, and Southeastern California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2018
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Salary: $14-$15 per hour DOE + Housing


    Dates: Approximately May 15th through August 1st


    We are studying the dispersal behavior of Yuma Ridgway’s rails (distance moved, directions, and phenology of movement) in the Southwestern U.S. Our research will help assess the potential impact of solar facilities in the Southwestern U.S. on migrating/dispersing Yuma Ridgway’s rails. We will have 2 crews in 2018 and field work will occur in Southwestern Arizona, Southwestern Nevada, and Southeastern California. The crew leader will supervise a crew of 1-2 technicians to trap, band, and attach transmitters to Yuma Ridgway’s rails.


    Field work will occur in marshes at the Imperial, Cibola, and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges in Arizona, the Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and nearby wetlands in California, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada. The crew leader will be responsible for: 1) following field protocols, 2) bird and technician safety, 3) checking entered data, 4) coordinating trapping efforts and field logistics, and 5) regularly communicating with a graduate student that will oversee all field work.


    Duties will include but are not limited to:

    1. Leading a crew of 1-2 technicians
    2. Coordinating trapping efforts and field logistics with the graduate student
    3. Setting marsh bird traps in wetlands
    4. Supervising the capture and banding of Yuma Ridgway’s rails (and other marsh birds)
    5. Documenting presence of ectoparasites on the rails
    6. Attaching solar satellite transmitters to the rails
    7. Organizing and maintaining field data and equipment


    Applicants must be comfortable living and working with other people; possess a strong work ethic; have previous experience handling and banding birds; have a valid driver’s license; and be willing to live and conduct field research in remote areas in hot weather conditions. Candidates should also be comfortable with early morning field work and tolerate mosquitos. At times, work will require working in marshes up to 3’ deep. Waders will be provided.


    To apply please send, in a single document, a cover letter, resume, and contact information for >3 references to eharrity@uidaho.edu. Applicants will be considered as they are received.

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