Job description: Two (2) technicians are needed April 1 through September 30, 2020 to conduct research on Piping Plover breeding and migration ecology on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Positions will be based out of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but with considerable work at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Candidates may be stationed periodically at Cape Lookout. This project is just one of multiple shorebird projects based at Virginia Tech. Please visit www.vtshorebirds.org for more information about shorebird research and conservation at Virginia Tech.
Responsibilities: Surveying and resighting breeding and migratory Piping Plovers and other shorebirds on daily basis. Nest searching and monitoring for plovers and other beach nesting species. Capture and band plover adults and chicks. Conduct remote behavior observations and collect habitat metrics. Daily data entry and management using computer and GPS software. Boat and ATV operation and trailering. Work closely with land management agency personnel. Maintenance of field equipment.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science, Biology, Environmental Science, or a related field.
Desired Qualifications: Prior experience as a field technician or research assistant. Experience and proficiency with color band resighting, bird identification, handling and banding, and boat operation is strongly preferred, although necessary training will be provided.
Candidates must be able to work as part of a small team and independently, and keep a positive attitude through long field days (up to 12 hours/day and 6 days/week) in a variety of field conditions. Candidates should be capable of walking 5–10 miles in sand while carrying a spotting scope and other heavy research equipment daily. Candidates should be comfortable working on a remote island, with occasional rustic cabin or camp setting, and comfortable with regular use of boats in coastal waters. A driver’s license and clean driving record is required.
Salary: $500/week + free housing
Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (in ONE pdf document, formatted as LastName_FirstName_2020) to Chelsea Weithman at firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.