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    • Employer: USFWS, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge
      Location: Coastal Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/10/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Maine Summer Seabird Researchers

    Job Description:

    Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge needs several field researchers (island supervisors and technicians) to monitor seabird colonies on islands along the Maine coast. May 10 - July 30, 2021 (two positions), May 25 - August 13, 2021 (two positions) and May 10 - August 13, 2021 (four positions). Seabird species to be studied include common, Arctic, and roseate terns, common eider, laughing gulls, black guillemot, Leach’s storm-petrel, Atlantic puffin, and razorbills.  While living on the islands, researchers will:  conduct an annual census of all nesting seabird species, monitor productivity, observe chick feedings, trap and band adult seabirds, band chicks, read adult bands, and monitor predators and competitors.  Researchers will be living on the island for the entire 12-14 week period.  Housing provided (lighthouse keepers’ house or cabins), with propane refrigerators, limited solar electricity for lights and computers, but no running water.  Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a US Citizen, have a Social Security Number, and a US Bank account for electronic payments.


    We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living with other researchers on remote islands with limited amenities.  Applicants will work outdoors in variable weather conditions, and need to be able to hike over rugged, uneven terrain and lift and carry 50 pounds.  Prior experience with bird identification, seabird ecology and a valid hunter safety certificate preferred, but not required; self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of fieldwork (long hours). 


    Housing on islands provided, pay range $480 - $600 per week (depending on site assignment and experience)

    # of Positions: 8

    Application Deadline:

    02/10/ 2021

    Application Instructions:

    Interested seabird researcher should email the following materials to michael_langlois@fws.gov: cover letter, resume and contact information for three references (name, phone number and email address). Consideration of candidates will begin on January 15th and continue until all positions are filled.  For more information, call Maine Coastal Islands NWR at 207-594-0600 ext. 3 or check out our website at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/maine_coastal_islands/ and the island blog describing the experiences of previous island researchers at http://mainecoastalislands.wordpress.com/

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