Job Description: Currently seeking one (1) field technician to primarily assist with a Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) migratory movement study based in Anchorage, Alaska. The applicant will work directly with a graduate student to monitor breeding behavior, nest search, band adults, recover tracking devices, and deploy additional tracking devices on adult Lesser Yellowlegs. Yellowlegs work will take place on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) and within the Anchorage city limits. In addition to the yellowlegs study, the applicant will assist with montane breeding bird surveys on JBER and other projects as the need arises. The applicant is needed from 6 May to approximately 15 July and will be required to work up to 7 days per week. The applicant will be an employee of the University of Alaska Anchorage; however, the applicant will also be required to submit a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer agreement and complete required trainings. Housing will be provided, as well as an hourly wage of $22.36 per hour. Transportation by government vehicle to and from the study sites will be provided; however, access to a personal vehicle will be convenient in Anchorage.
Qualifications: The applicant must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, natural resources or a related field. The applicant should have a strong interest in avian ecology, monitoring, and research and must be able to work under hot, cold, wet and buggy field conditions. The applicant should be patient, organized and show attention to detail. Lesser Yellowlegs breed within wetlands; therefore, the applicant must feel comfortable canoeing lakes, and walking across uneven topography for extended distances. The Lesser Yellowlegs project involves working with people from multiple agencies; therefore, effective communication skills are important. Experience conducting variable distance point counts and identifying a diversity of avifauna by sight and sound is required. Additional experience in resighting banded birds, finding and monitoring nests, and handling birds is preferred, however applicants lacking a subset of those skills will still be considered.
To apply, please send a single pdf titled with your last name and project name (Lesser Yellowlegs Migration) that includes: (1) a cover letter outlining relevant experiences in avian fieldwork, ecology, monitoring, and/or research, (2) a CV, and (3) names and contact information for three references, to Laura McDuffie (lamcduffie(AT)alaska.edu). Applications will be accepted until 1 February 2019; however, applications will be reviewed as received.