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  • Field Technician (1) —Yuma Ridgway’s Rail Research

    • Employer: University of Idaho
      Location: Southwestern Nevada, Southwestern Arizona, and Southeastern California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/01/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Salary: $2000 per month + Housing

    Dates: Approximately 1 June 2019 - 31 July 2019

    Last day to apply: 5/1/19


    We are studying the migration and dispersal behavior of endangered Yuma Ridgway’s rails in the southwestern U.S. Our research will help inform year-round conservation of this endangered marsh bird and help better assess the potential impact of solar facilities in the southwestern U.S. on Yuma Ridgway’s rails. The technician will help trap, band, and attach transmitters to Yuma Ridgway’s rails. The technician will also help document the presence of a recently discovered ectoparasite on the rails. This is an exciting opportunity to work with an endangered marsh bird in a unique environment.

    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 scope of this project will require field crews to relocate frequently. Housing will be provided at all field sites.

    Duties will include but are not limited to:

    1) Setting marsh bird traps in wetlands

    2) Capturing and banding of Yuma Ridgway’s rails

    3) Attaching solar satellite transmitters to the rails

    4) Documenting the presence of ectoparasites on the rails

    5) Marsh bird trap maintenance

    Applicants must be comfortable working with others; possess a strong work ethic; 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 enthusiastic about avian research, comfortable with early mornings and working in marshes, and tolerate mosquitoes.

    To apply please send, in a single document, a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references to Eamon Harrity- email: eharrity@uidaho.edu, phone: 8089380546. Applicants will be considered as they are received.

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