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  • Field Technician 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: $1000 per month plus housing, utilities, and shared use of vehicle
    Start date: May 1, 2020
    End date: ~ Aug 31, 2020
    Last date to apply: 2/15/2020

    We are seeking technicians to work on a 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 work on a field crew of 6-8 people including other technicians, crew leader, and
    graduate students. 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 May 1, 2020 with a four month field season through Aug 31, 2020. Technician will be
    provided with housing, utilities, a living stipend of $1,000 per month, and shared access to vehicles.

    Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in biology, natural resources, wildlife management, botany, ecology
    or a related field and field experience pertaining to wildlife biology or botany are required. Preference
    will be given to applicants with experience in tropical ecosystems, avian ecology, plant ecology, and/or a
    demonstrated knowledge of Hawaiian plants. Applicant must be responsible, organized, and
    comfortable living and working as a team. An enthusiasm for research and fieldwork is essential, as well
    as patience and a strong work ethic.

    Contact: Application must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information (email and
    phone) for 3 references familiar with your field work 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 Technician”. 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.

    Edited by Corey Tarwater

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