Description: The Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab at Southern Illinois University is hiring one experienced field technician for a project investigating swamp rabbit, herpetofauna and avifauna occupancy in bottomland hardwood forests of Southern Illinois. Fieldwork will be conducted along the Cache River within the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, located approximately 40 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois. The field season will begin at the beginning of April and continue until end of June, with the possibility of extension into July. Field duties will include avian point-counts, vegetation surveys, herpetofauna surveys using coverboards and PVC pipe refugia, swamp rabbit pellet surveys using artificial latrine logs and flood measurement surveys using trail cameras and staff gages. This position is a great opportunity to gain more experience with a variety of survey methods and investigate important questions related to wildlife-habitat management and community ecology. Salary is $412/week. Housing is not included.
Qualifications: To be considered for this position, applicants MUST have previous avian point-count experience, be proficient in bird call identification for Eastern and Midwestern species and have or be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or a related field. Candidates must also have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, strong communication skills, a strong work ethic, and be comfortable with working long, irregular hours in variable weather conditions. Preferred applicants will have prior field experience in bottomland hardwood forest ecosystems and experience with two or more or the survey methods listed above. To apply, send an email containing your resume, a brief cover letter describing your interest in the project and relevant experience, and contact information for three references, to Jess Esposito (Jess.Esposito@siu.edu). Please write “Research Technician” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be received until February 1st, or until position is filled.