Job Description: Oregon State University and collaborators at USFWS are seeking one field technician to assist on a research project studying reproductive success in Hawaiian gallinule (Gallinula galeata sandvicensis) at Hanalei NWR on the island of Kauaʻi from mid- March to the end of June 2020. This endangered sub-species of Common gallinule is endemic to the Hawaiian islands and now restricted to Oahu and Kauaʻi; recent estimates suggest that approximately 75% of all birds occur on Kauaʻi, and most at Hanalei NWR. The refuge is unique in that it has two main habitat types; managed wetlands and commercially farmed taro; a culturally significant plant that is grown in flooded fields that provide shallow water for foraging wetland birds. The project seeks to study the influence of habitat type on nest and brood success to fill critical information gaps for managers on the refuge and recovery of the species statewide.
We seek a self-motivated, energetic individual with prior field ornithology experience to help locate and monitor wetland nests using Reconyx cameras, capture a sample of gallinule using walk-in and live traps, characterize habitat, and assist researchers in banding and transmitter attachment. VHF telemetry and color band resighting will be used to locate and observe gallinule broods, requiring a degree of patience and persistence. Technician will follow detailed protocols to collect high quality data, review photos, and enter and verify data. Applicants must be in good physical condition and possess a positive attitude as work will include long days walking transects in wetland units in changing conditions from hot sun and high humidity to sustained downpours and flooding. Navigation will be on foot, by 4WD vehicles and/or ATV’s, so the ability to navigate with a map and GPS, a valid driver’s license, and a good driving record is required. Applicants must be able to work independently and in a team environment, be able to communicate efficiently, and be flexible with changing schedules or duties. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience working with waterbirds, nesting ecology and/or VHF telemetry.
Compensation: 40 hours per week at $13/hr; round trip plane ticket, on-site shared housing in a USFWS bunkhouse.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume that includes the names and contact information for three references to Bryn Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Hawaiian Gallinule Technician Application” in the subject line of your email.