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  • Migration Counter – Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch

    Guest Jon Kauffman
    • Employer: Shaver's Creek/Penn State University
      Location: State College, Pa
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/30/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Penn State`s Outdoor Education Field Lab and Nature Center—Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center—is searching for an energetic Hawk Counter that can provide accurate raptor identification and reporting, while providing informal interpretation to site visitors at the local spring hawk watch. Located in Pennsylvania’s ridge-and-valley province near State College, Tussey Mountain Hawk Watch is one of the premier spring Golden Eagle migration sites on the Eastern Flyway, averaging 186 individuals each spring. Full-time counts have been conducted from late February through late April since 2001 with an average of 1,800 raptors each spring, including up to 16 species.

    Duties: Identify and count all migrant raptors, waterfowl, and songbirds Identify and record Golden Eagle age, time of observation, height of flight, flight type, flight path, and any behavioral observations Record hourly weather data Enter daily count into HawkCount database of the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) Post daily results to the State College Bird Club list serv Attend the State College Bird Club meeting once per month Interpret the natural history of raptor migration and communicate with the public at large Independently make decisions on delay or cancellation of count due to weather patterns This is a part-time position that runs from February 23-April 25.

    Qualifications: Applicant must have familiarity with bird identification and a background in identifying eastern raptors in flight is preferred, but not necessary. Applicants will need to be able to endure long days in the field, often in cold and windy conditions and have the independence to make daily decisions on cancellation of count due to weather. Experience interacting with the public and excellent interpersonal skills is highly preferred. Although this position is expected to work 40 hours a week, applicant must have the willingness to work irregular hours, including some weekends, due unpredictable weather patterns. A personal pair of binoculars and spotting scope is preferred. Must be computer literate and capable of entering and managing data (computer access can be provided.) Applicant must have transportation to and from the hawk watch location with a valid driver`s license.

    Pay $9/hr with OT opportunities plus housing.

    Applicants must apply through the Penn State career page (https://hr.psu.edu/careers).

    Please email Jon Kauffman (jvk5019@psu.edu) with any questions about the position or how to apply.


    To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters and policies, please go to https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports, which will also explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.  

    Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  


    Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review at https://police.psu.edu/annual-security-reports.

    Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 

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    Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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