GRAY VIREO/SCOTT’S ORIOLE/ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER TARGET-NETTING, BANDING, and TRACKING TECHNICIAN
(1) needed to work at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to help conduct a demography study on Gray Vireos and a migration study on Scott’s Orioles and Ash-throated Flycatchers. Technician will work with graduate students to search for and monitor GRVI nests, target-net and band GRVI, mark and track adult and fledgling GRVI with radio transmitters, collect tissue samples, record vocalizations, and sample vegetation. Technician will also target-net, band, and deploy geolacotors and/or pinpoint units on SCOR and ATFL. We are looking for applicants who will take pride in collecting high-quality ecological data with or without supervision, while dealing with challenging field conditions (i.e., early and occasionally cold mornings, long hours of intense sun, heat, encounters with rattlesnakes, and hiking in desert habitats) with a hard-working, team-oriented attitude, and preferably a good sense of humor.
Preferred qualifications include excellent birding skills, nest-searching experience, experience with mist-netting and handling of passerines, advanced undergraduate standing in Environmental Sciences or related major, and an enthusiastic interest in avian ecology. This job requires people who enjoy living and working closely within small groups, are able to handle unforeseen obstacles during an unpredictable work schedule, and are in excellent physical condition.
The season will run from approximately May 20 through approximately August 5 (but some flexibility may be needed). Technician salary is $1,000/month. Free housing will be provided at the University of New Mexico Field Station on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Persons interested in interviewing for a position should email a cover letter, current CV with names and contact information (phone and email) for two to three references to Silas Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include YOUR LAST NAME and “GRVI TECH” in the email subject line.