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  • Field Crew Leader for Community Ecology and Seed Dispersal Network Project

    Corey Tarwater
    • Employer: University of Wyoming
      Location: Oahu, Hawaii
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    Location: North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
    Agency: University of Wyoming
    Type: Temporary/Seasonal Positions
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/hawaii.vine.project/
    Salary: $2,500-3,000 per month and shared use of vehicle. Housing is negotiable if needed.
    Start date: ~April 23, 2020
    End date: ~September 15, 2020
    Last date to apply: 2/15/2020

    We are seeking an experienced biologist to lead a field research project on Oahu, Hawaii as part of the
    Hawaii V.I.N.E. project, a collaboration across multiple universities (UH Manoa, UWy, NAU, and UIUC).
    The project is investigating the impacts of a dominant invasive plant on seed dispersal in Hawaiian mesic
    and wet forest ecosystems. Native species extinctions and non-native species introductions have
    dramatically changed the Hawaiian forest species composition. Although many native plants depend on
    birds for seed dispersal, on Oahu there are no longer any native frugivorous birds to provide this
    function. Instead a suite of non-native birds are dispersing seeds. Additionally, invasive plants often
    dominate seed dispersal networks with impacts to native plant seed dispersal. This project will focus on
    (1) experimentally removing the most dominant invasive plant to identify impacts to the seed dispersal
    network, (2) quantifying all bird frugivory in experimental and control plots through wildlife cameras,
    and (3) monitoring birds and plants in all plots. Field work will include wildlife camera set-up and
    maintenance, invasive species fruit removal, vegetation surveys, and bird point counts. Data
    management will include data entry and camera and SD card management. The candidate selected for
    this position will supervise a field crew of 5-6 people and coordinate field work with graduate students.
    The candidate will also conduct field work and be in charge of monthly reporting and coordination with
    PIs on the project. Must be able to work in rugged terrain in challenging field conditions. Fieldwork will
    involve long days of strenuous hiking and heavy lifting in temperamental weather conditions.
    Start date is April 23, 2020 through September 15, 2020. Housing is negotiable if needed. Salary is
    $2,500-3,000/month, depending on experience, and shared access to vehicles.

    Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resources, wildlife management, botany, ecology
    or a related field, at least 2 years of field experience, and previous experience in a leadership role are
    required. Preference will be given to applicants with previous work experience in Hawaii or other
    tropical ecosystems, avian ecology, plant ecology, and/or a demonstrated knowledge of Hawaiian
    plants. Applicant must be responsible, organized, and comfortable managing a large team.

    Contact: Application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information (email and
    phone) for 3 references familiar with your field work experience and leadership experience as a single
    PDF document. Please email your applications materials to Sara Gabrielson
    (sara.gabrielson.hawaii@gmail.com) with the subject line “Application for Field Crew Leader”. Review of
    applications will begin immediately. No more applications will be accepted after February 15, 2020.

    The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All
    qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,
    sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law
    and University policy. Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness. We conduct background
    investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are
    contingent upon the completion of the background check.

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