Location: Bloomington, IN
Term: full-time, intermittent (7 months)
Start Date: February 28, 2022
End Date: September 30, 2022 with the possibility for renewal
Description: This position is stationed at the Indiana Division of Fish Wildlife (DFW) Bloomington Field Office and is responsible for the implementation of an ongoing comprehensive volunteer marsh bird monitoring program at 3-4 sites in southern Indiana. The position will also provide assistance to the Nongame Bird Program’s field projects, which may include loggerhead shrike, breeding bird, and peregrine falcon surveys. Specific duties of the position will be to:
1. Volunteer Coordination
· Train and coordinate 30 volunteers (Audubon chapters, universities) in marsh bird monitoring either in-person or through a virtual platform.
· Organize and distribute marsh bird and habitat sampling materials for training workshops that include field-based learning experiences; develop and administer tests in marsh bird identification
· Manage and distribute supplies and datasheets to volunteers and coordinate collection of these materials at the end of the field season.
· Oversee volunteer marsh bird surveys and provide guidance when needed.
· Collect and report volunteer hours and mileage on a bi-weekly basis to submit to funding sources.
· Enter data into appropriate databases as instructed.
· Report results to volunteers on an ongoing basis.
· Analyze final data and write annual summary of results to distribute to volunteers and partners and coordinate an end-of-season meeting with volunteers.
2. Survey Preparation & Fieldwork
· Ground truth randomized survey points at 3-4 field sites using ArcGIS and GPS; prepare maps of field sites with survey points identified for distribution to volunteers.
· Coordinate access to field sites with land managers.
· Conduct surveys as needed when volunteers are unavailable.
· Prepare and apply for research permits to conduct fieldwork on federal properties.
· Prepare field sites for volunteers, including the installation of water gauges and stakes at survey points.
· Gather quotes and prepare purchase orders for supplies.
· Maintain trails to assist volunteers in accessing survey points.
· Conduct habitat surveys at greater than 80 marshbird survey points.
Preferred Experience: Applicants must be organized and meticulous with the training of volunteers and the collection and submission of data. Applicants must have excellent interpersonal and presentation skills and must communicate regularly with their supervisor and volunteers. Applicants must have previous experience with fieldwork and be able to readily use a GPS unit. Because of COVID, applicants must become familiar with using virtual meeting platforms, be creative in training volunteers, and be flexible in meeting the needs of the project during these unprecedented times. Training in the identification of marsh birds and the standardized marsh bird monitoring protocol will be provided.
Additional Information: Duties are performed in an office locale and in a variety of field environments that may require accessing difficult habitats (wetlands) and exposure to adverse conditions (heat, rain, biting or stinging insects). Applicant must also be comfortable with heights, getting dirty, and working in the cold. Applicant must be able to work independently and in a team setting. Workdays are variable but will typically occur on weekdays with frequent early mornings during the field season. Applicant must provide his/her own transportation to and from the DFW Bloomington Field Office; travel to and from field sites will be provided using a state vehicle. Some overnight travel for training may be needed. The applicant must be able to drive long distances. The applicant will also have the potential to work on other projects related to nongame and game wildlife. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates to gain experience working for a wildlife and natural resource agency.
Application Process: Email a cover letter and current resume or CV with three references to Allisyn Gillet, State Ornithologist [agillet (at) dnr.in.gov] by February 11, 2022. Please label the e-mail as “Marshbird Monitoring Program Coordinator.” Please refer any questions to Allisyn Gillet at 812-334-1137 ext. 3400.