FLORIDA GRASSHOPPER SPARROW FIELD TECHNICIANS (3) – Nest Monitoring and Protection
Duration: 20 March-27 August 2020
Job Type: Seasonal
Application Deadline: 15 January (or until filled).
Job Description: Three experienced seasonal field technicians needed to conduct demographic monitoring research and nest protection of the critically endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ($14.50/hr; 20 March-27 August 2020). Technicians will assist with the collection of important breeding season data on a rapidly declining population of endemic Florida grassland birds. These positions are an exciting opportunity to protect and conserve one of the most threatened birds in the United States while contributing to a large-scale demographic research project. Further, Florida’s rare and unique dry prairie habitat offers breathtaking grassland sunrises and frequent encounters with some of Florida’s finest wildlife. A video highlighting the project can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-UX2_QCPzI, press coverage can be found here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/racing-to-save-the-florida-grasshopper-sparrow/, and more recent coverage found here: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/23/763521144. Pay is $14.50/hr (40hrs/week), with air-conditioned shared housing and 4x4 vehicles provided on site.
Duties include: Conducting point count surveys, resighting color-banded individuals, finding and monitoring grassland bird nests, deploying nest cameras, protecting nests with predator deflection fencing, conducting behavioral observations, collecting samples for disease analysis, banding nestlings, data entry, equipment maintenance, and implementing adaptive conservation biology protocols. During the 2020 field season, captive-bred birds will be released into the wild and demography technicians may also contribute to animal husbandry and radio telemetry efforts as needed.
Qualifications: Preferred candidates should have extensive experience searching for and monitoring grassland bird nests. Previous experience trapping and banding passerines and resighting color-bands using a spotting scope is also desired. Point count and radio telemetry skills are a plus. Technicians must be organized, motivated, and adaptable to detailed fieldwork and data management protocols. Tolerance for high temperatures and extreme humidity is essential, as is the ability to live happily in a rural setting and in close quarters with other field researchers. Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license and be authorized to work in the United States. Previous experience driving four-wheel drive trucks and ATVs in wet conditions is also preferred. Dedication, sensitivity, and attention to detail when working with a critically endangered bird is a must.
To Apply: Candidates must submit in ONE document (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) a brief cover letter, CV, and the contact information for three professional references to Juan C. Oteyza at FWCbio@gmail.com. Please state in the subject line of the email the title of the position you are applying for: “FGSP field technician”. Applications will be accepted until January 15 or until the position is filled.