The University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are recruiting an experienced avian field technician and motivated intern to help with a study of Lesser Yellowlegs migration, survival, and genetics in Anchorage, Alaska. The project will take place from 11 May through 25 June, 2020. Duties include capturing and banding birds, finding and monitoring nests, re-sighting leg bands, and surveying wetlands for passerines and shorebirds. Applicants must be willing to endure long days of strenuous physical activity and adverse weather conditions (rain, wind, heat, mosquitoes, etc.). For the technician position, prior experience capturing and handling birds is necessary, and experience re-sighting leg bands and nest searching is desired. Previous work with shorebirds is preferred although not required. For the intern, field experience is helpful but not required. The technician will be paid approximately $21/hr and the intern will receive a $1000 stipend. Accommodation will be provided. Please submit a cover letter indicating the position you are applying for, how you meet the qualifications outlined below, and your resume and 3 references to Katie Christie at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Audrey Taylor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 January, 2020.
Ability to navigate using compass and GPS.
Ability to take detailed notes and meticulously fill out data sheets.
Experience capturing and handling birds, re-sighting color bands, and nest searching.
Ability to work long, irregular hours, including weekends.
Ability to hike over uneven ground carrying heavy loads.
A valid driver’s license and ability to operate 4WD vehicles.
Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions.
Comfortable working and living closely with other technicians.