The Roth Lab at the University of Maine seeks to hire a field technician to assist with Golden-winged Warbler research in the Midwest and the Appalachians. The Golden-winged Warbler population is sharply declining and is being reviewed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Our goal is to estimate Golden-winged Warbler annual survival through use of telemetry methods. The field technician will assist a graduate student with fieldwork in Tennessee and Wisconsin. Lodging will be provided in both field locations: overnight camping at Cove Lake State Park in Tennessee and a private room at the Kemp Natural Resources Station in Wisconsin. The field technician should be comfortable camping for 2-3 weeks in April-May and anticipate cold and wet conditions. Transportation to-and-from lodging/field sites is provided, as well as transportation between both WI and TN field sites. Transportation from Maine is also available depending on applicant’s current living location.
Primary duties will include locating Golden-winged Warblers in densely vegetated habitat, capturing birds using targeted mist-netting, banding and measuring captured birds, attaching telemetry tags, and briefly tracking the movements of tagged individuals. Fieldwork will be conducted in potentially steep terrain (Appalachian Mountains) and in remote conditions. Applicants must be adaptable and expect periodic schedule changes within the season, with the understanding that our movements are based on Golden-winged Warbler phenology. Attention to detail is important and applicants with prior experience mist-netting, banding birds, and attaching telemetry tags will have preference.
Position dates: April 18 – June 12, with the opportunity to extend position for an additional 7 weeks working with Rusty Blackbirds in New Hampshire.
Pay rate: $12.15/hr for 40 hours per week.
Fieldwork during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The 3-person field crew will follow pre-determined COVID-19 safety protocols approved by the University of Maine to insure the safest working conditions. Safety protocols include wearing face masks and social distancing during interactions with non-field crew and limiting interactions outside of the field crew (the “Quarantine Bubble”) for the duration of the field season. Applicants should anticipate a required two-week self-quarantine prior to departure and/or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to joining the field crew.
- Comfortable working outdoors for long hours in dense, regenerating forests with biting insects (ticks, black and deer flies, and mosquitoes).
- Experience using mist nets and banding songbirds.
- Ability to work independently and as a team in the field.
- Easy going, flexible, reliable, and hardworking personality.
- Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
- Willingness to live and work 24-7 with a field crew for 8 weeks (or longer) following COVID-19 policies of the University of Maine and the states where field work is being conducted.
- Experience attaching telemetry tags using leg-loop harnesses and using radio telemetry to locate tagged individuals.
- Experience with installing or maintaining Motus stations.
To Apply: Submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document with subject "Golden-winged Warbler Banding Assistant Position" to Emily Filiberti at emily.filiberti at umaine.edu. Please indicate in cover letter if you would be interested in the Rusty Blackbird extension. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.