The Roth Lab at the University of Maine seeks to hire a field technician to assist with a second season of Golden-winged Warbler research in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The Golden-winged Warbler population is sharply declining and is being assessed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Our goal is to estimate Golden-winged Warbler annual survival through use of telemetry methods. This project is part of a range wide effort, involving multiple states and partners. The field technician will assist a graduate student with fieldwork in Wisconsin, with the possibility of traveling to other breeding locations as well. Lodging will be provided in Wisconsin at the Kemp Natural Resources Station where a private room may be available. Transportation to-and-from lodging/field sites is provided. Transportation to Wisconsin 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, and attaching small NanoTag telemetry tags. A large portion of this project will also surround tracking the movements of individuals that were tagged in the spring of 2021. Fieldwork will be conducted in potentially steep terrain 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 20, 2022 - ~June 15, 2022 (official dates not determined yet)
Pay rate: $15.32/hour (40 hour/week)
Fieldwork during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The 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 members and limiting interactions outside of the field crew for the duration of the field season. Successful applicants will be able to provide documentation of vaccination prior to joining the field crew, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, should preexisting medical conditions prevent individuals from receiving vaccinations.
- 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
- Experience attaching telemetry tags using leg-loop harnesses and using radio telemetry to locate tagged individuals
- Experience using ground-tracking telemetry (Yagi antenna)
- Experience resighting color bands
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.