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  • Field technician position for Red-winged blackbird research project

    • Employer: North Dakota State University
      Location: Fargo, ND
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/04/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Review of applications will begin February 1, 2022 but will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Position (Full-time) 

    Anticipated Start and End Date: 4/20/2022-July 5 (Start and end date may be flexible upon negotiation)

    Salary: $12/hour for 40 hours/week


    Description: The lab of Dr. Tim Greives is looking for a field technician to assist in the upcoming field season for a research project conducted in prairie pothole wetlands near Fargo, ND (Alice USFWS WPA). The research aims (1) to assess potential biomarkers of trade-offs in migration and reproduction, and (2) nest defense behavior in female red-winged blackbirds.


    Duties include capturing and banding free-ranging birds, morphological measurements, blood sampling, and nest searching and monitoring, organization and management of field data. Field work requires extensive periods wading in the wetlands under both cold and hot conditions. 


    Preferred qualifications:

    • Willingness to work early in the mornings in sometimes inclement weather. 
    • Accurate data entry.
    • Previous experience: 1) capturing and handling birds, 2) taking blood samples from songbirds, and 3) nest searching and monitoring are preferred but we accept applicants willing to learn these skills as well.


    Housing/transportation: Housing is not provided. Transportation from North Dakota State University to the field site would be provided.


    How to apply: Enthusiastic applicants interested in the field research technician position are encouraged to apply by sending a letter of interest, CV or resume, and contact information of three references in a single Word or pdf document with subject “Red-winged Blackbird Field Tech Position” to Maggie Maniago (margaret.maniago@ndsu.edu) and/or Esther Morales-Vega (esther.moralesvega@ndsu.edu).

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