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  • Nest Searcher Field Technicians – northern Minnesota

    Guest Dr. Alexis Grinde
    • Employer: Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth
      Location: Blackduck, Minnesota
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Spend your summer working in northern Minnesota – a region that supports some of the richest breeding bird diversity in North America! Field assistants (1-2) are needed from mid-May to early July 2022 to assist with multiple avian research projects in northern Minnesota.

    Description: A typical day for field assistants will consist of rising very early (i.e., before sunrise) in the morning, safely carpooling to study areas, navigating to a plot, finding and following male and female Golden-winged Warblers to search for nests using behavioral cues, monitoring previously found nests, assisting with banding and placing transmitters on fledglings, tracking birds via radio telemetry, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Positions will be based in Blackduck, Minnesota. Opportunities will be available to assist on a variety of other projects throughout the summer.

    Technicians will be expected to work six days/week during the height of the season and five days/week at the beginning and end. Salary is ~$2000/month. Housing and work vehicle provided. Technicians are expected to provide binoculars, rubber knee boots, and rain gear. A personal vehicle is not required, but will be useful for days off and after-hours transportation.

    If interested in applying for one of these positions, please provide (in ONE document) a cover letter that details relevant experience and your interest in a position, resume, and three references to Dr. Alexis Grinde at nrribirdlab AT gmail.com. Please include your last name and “Nest Searcher Field Tech” in the subject line. Application deadline is February 28, 2022. Applications will be considered as they are received so we encourage interested individuals to apply promptly.

    Qualifications: Each position requires a high level of physical fitness and a good sense of humor. All successful applicants must have the ability to identify over 100 species of eastern North American birds by sight and sound; this includes being able to pass a bird song identification exam with 85% proficiency and pass a hearing exam prior to the season. Experience with nest searching is preferred, as is a working knowledge of the ecology of northern Minnesota’s breeding birds. Point count, bird handling, and radio telemetry experience is preferred but not required. All successful applicants must be comfortable working and navigating independently off-road (i.e. bushwhacking) and be able to withstand wet, cold, and occasionally hot conditions with constant exposure to extreme numbers of biting insects. The ability to happily coexist with members of a field crew living and working together in close quarters is essential. All employees will be expected to follow established University of Minnesota COVID-19 safety protocols. A valid U.S. driver’s license is required. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work in Minnesota and the United States in the summer of 2022. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment. The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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