One field technician is needed to assist with a PhD project examining links between wintering habitat, phenology, and post-fledging survival, in Prothonotary Warblers. The research will take place at one of the largest breeding sites in Ohio, the Hoover Reservoir. The technician will assist with spring arrival surveys for Prothonotary Warblers, re-sighting color banded birds, nest searching, and monitoring. The technician may also be required to assist with capture and banding of Prothonotary Warblers, vegetation surveys and data entry throughout the field season.
The position will begin in late April (May 1st at the latest) and last until approximately mid-June. Employment dates are somewhat flexible. Salary will be approximately $1600/month. The position will be an average of 40 hours/week over the course of the season, but the work schedule will be variable and may depend on weather. Housing will not be provided, however there are many affordable (~$400-$600/month) and convenient subleases available in Columbus during the summer, and assistance with locating housing can be provided. Transportation to field sites will be provided. The technician will be supervised by the graduate student on the project.
Applicants must have previous avian ecology or birding experience, a strong work ethic, be willing to work long hours in the field, pay close attention to detail, be able to work well independently and with others, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to maintain a positive attitude while working long and sometimes tedious hours in the field. Much of the work will involve wading in ankle to hip deep water/mud or using a canoe to access nests, and walking up to 13 miles in a day. Strong applicants will have previous experience re-sighting color bands, nest searching in challenging environments and nest monitoring experience.
Please email a PDF containing a resume, contact information for three references (at least two should be previous employers/supervisors), and a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to Elizabeth Ames at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “PROW TECH 2019” in the subject line of the email. Application deadline is March 8th 2019.