Job description: Early April to August 31, 2019. Monitoring the response of Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) and their invertebrate prey to habitat created by Hurricane Sandy. Field technicians will be working to improve conservation efforts for Atlantic Coast population of Piping Plovers. This project is just one of multiple shorebird projects based at Virginia Tech. Please see our project webpage http://vtshorebirds.fishwild.vt.edu/ for more information about shorebird conservation at Virginia Tech.
Responsibilities: lead a crew of field technicians in trapping, banding and resighting adult Piping Plovers, nest searching and monitoring, invertebrate collection and identification, capturing, banding and resighting Piping Plover chicks, daily trailering of UTVs, daily driving of 4x4 vehicles on the beach, riding in boats, working closely with land management agencies and the Fish and Wildlife Service, data organization and management.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science, Biology, Environmental Science, or a related field. Prior leadership experience, and experience as a field technician or research assistant and experience with trailering, driving 4x4 vehicles in sand, avian capture methods and handling techniques, color band resighting, bird banding are preferred, but training will be provided. Candidates must be able to work as part of team and independently, and keep a positive attitude through long field days (up to 12 hours/day and 6 days/week) in a variety of field conditions. Candidates should be in good physical condition, as the job requires walking 5–10 miles in sand while carrying a spotting scope and other research equipment on a daily basis.
Resighting color bands is an essential job function. Candidates should be able to distinguish colors at a distance. Preference will be given to individuals with extensive resighting and bird banding experience.
Salary: 640/week + free housing
Please send cover letter, resume, banding resume, and contact information for three references (in ONE pdf document, formatted as LastName_FirstName_CrewLeader2019) to Katie Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately, and positions will remain open until filled.