Bird banders (3) are needed to assist in a large scale study of avian malaria in forest birds across the Hawaiian archipelago. This NSF-funded study seeks to understand the evolution of disease resistance in Hawaiian birds at a genomic level, and understand how host-vector-parasite dynamics may change as species evolve. It is a unique opportunity to work in a remote Hawaiian rainforests hosting spectacular bird communities, while learning from and contributing to a multi-disciplinary study strongly focused on gathering information important for the conservation of forest birds. Duties will include operating mist nets to capture and band songbirds, sampling blood to obtain DNA, and taking detailed morphological measurements. Some endangered species will be encountered during the course of this work, and applicants should have strong mist net extraction and passerine banding experience. The position requires a significant amount of travel between Hawaiian Islands as well as helicopter travel in and out of remote field locations and applicants are expected to be flexible. Applicants should also feel comfortable multi-day back country camping, for up to 10 days at a time. Field work will involve bending, walking and hiking over rough and uneven terrain as well as exposure to conditions ranging from hot and dry to cold and wet. The incumbents may be required to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. This position would begin January 9th, 2020 and finish in July, 2020.
This is a volunteer position with a travel per diem of ~$1040/month + housing provided at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park while not in the field; airfare to Hawaii is not included, but airfare from Honolulu to Hilo is available. All inter-island travel will be covered during the course of the project. To apply, please send a single PDF including a brief cover letter (1-2 pages) highlighting relevant experience, a resume, and the name, phone number, and email address of at least 3 references to Elizabeth Abraham, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until October 4th, 2019.
Edited by Elizabeth Abraham