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  • Nocturnal Bird Survey Technician(s) – Eastern Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will’s-widows

    Guest Matt Broadway
    • Employer: Oklahoma State University
      Location: Eastern Oklahoma
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/20/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Oklahoma State University is hiring one (1) field technician to assist a PhD student on a large-scale survey and monitoring project to determine detection probability, occupancy, and distribution of Eastern Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will’s-widows from approximately April 10th to June 30th in eastern Oklahoma. Sampling will involve evening (sunset – sunrise) acoustic surveys for calling Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will’s-widows, potentially including use of several different survey methodologies including call playbacks, double-independent observers, and removal methods. Sampling will be conducted at night from roadsides in eastern Oklahoma, including in remote areas, and may last throughout the night with extensive driving to-and-from survey routes. Additional duties include data entry and organization, and the technician may be asked to participate in other field sampling activities or related side-projects (e.g., nest searching, night capture, insect sampling).

    Housing will be provided, usually in the form of hotel stays when/where necessary or a small camper at a hosting camp site near Tenkiller Lake (epending on the location/area being sampled), and bunk-style shared housing in Idabel, OK when sampling the southern portion of the study region. That said, applicants should be somewhat familiar, and comfortable, with a mobile/minimalist lifestyle. Experience camping with limited amenities for short periods of time is also preferred. Field work will sometimes be weather dependent and time-off may come at short-notice. However, the graduate student and technician will work together to plan and schedule regular time-off to maintain a healthy working environment and work-life balance.


    Applicants should have (or be working toward) a BS degree in wildlife, forestry, ecology, animal behavior, biology, or a related field. They must also be able to collect consistently precise and accurate survey data, be able to effectively and collegially work in a group and independently, reliably and safely drive a large 4wd vehicle at night, have excellent hearing, identify target bird species by sight and sound, reliably operate handheld GPS units and a compass, and be willing to camp (in a small camper) for up to 5 consecutive days. Given the nocturnal nature of the work, the grad student and principal investigators are committed to ensuring the incumbent experiences a safe and supportive work environment.

    Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, uploading, saving, and manipulating shared files in cloud-based systems such as Googledrive, OneDrive, are also preferred. Experience identifying birds by sight/sound, or other acoustic survey experience is preferred, but not required. Must be detail oriented, punctual, flexible with a good work ethic, and, most importantly, listen to instruction and adhere to strict survey protocols. Integrity is non-negotiable.

    Regarding Covid-19 measures, successful applicants will be expected to follow all guidelines as set forth by Oklahoma State University, the State of Oklahoma, and local county health officials. Any additional safety measures necessary to meet a desirable level of precaution, will be implemented in the field.

    Oklahoma State University is an EEO E-Verify employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants should apply by sending a cover letter (1 page or less), resume/cv, and contact information for at least 3 references as one Word or PDF document, to the hiring contact.

    Contact Person: Matt Broadway

    Contact eMail: matt.broadway@okstate.edu

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