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  • Oklahoma State University; Avian Point Count Surveyor/ Mist-netting Assistant: Oklahoma

    Guest Tucker Taylor
    • Employer: Oklahoma State University; Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Mgmt
      Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/07/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    A seasonal research technician is needed from mid-May to mid-September to conduct avian point counts and assist bird mist-netting operations as part of a study of the effect of woody plant encroachment in prairies on the ecology of tick-borne diseases, including the role of birds in carrying ticks. In addition to a focus on bird fieldwork, the technician may have an opportunity to help with tick sampling fieldwork and lab work that involves testing ticks for presence of pathogens using PCR (more about this project here: https://scottrloss.wixsite.com/losslab/disease-ecology). This position will be a unique opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary ecological project across the biodiverse state of Oklahoma, and to gain a diverse skillset of field and lab techniques. Working at Oklahoma State University will allow the candidate the unique experience of seeing research first-hand and give them the potential to develop a mentored avian research project within the bounds of the original study objectives. 


    Required Qualifications:

    ·      Previous experience with ecological field work

    ·      Experience identifying birds by sight and sound

    ·      Ability to work independently outdoors in hot and variable conditions in remote areas

    ·      Valid driver’s license and a good driving record


    Preferred Qualifications:

    ·      Mist netting and bird handling experience


    The technician should be well-versed identifying the birds of Oklahoma by sight and sound or be capable of quickly learning their identification. While banding experience would be a plus, the technician will have the opportunity to develop their bird extraction and identification skills while mist-netting. The technician will travel with the project leader while mist-netting and should also be comfortable traveling independently to rural areas to conduct point counts solo. Housing/lodging during field-related travel will be provided, but during non-travel periods, the technician will be based in Stillwater, Oklahoma (where OSU is located), and we will provide assistance in locating housing for these periods, as well as an additional stipend to help defray any lodging costs incurred.


    Compensation for this position will be $1600/month with a $500 housing stipend. The technician will work 35-40 hours/week.


    To apply, please send a cover letter describing how the applicant meets above required and preferred qualifications, a CV, and contact information for 2-3 references in one email to Tucker Taylor (tucker.taylor@okstate.edu) by April 7th, 2023

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