Job Category: Seasonal
Salary: $15/hour + time and a half for overtime
Housing: Available onsite for a reduced rate (~$200/month).
Duration: Start date is approximately March 15th and continues until approximately May 31st.
We are hiring one research technician to assist an M.S. student with a rail migration study in the Illinois River Valley. The primary study area is located on Emiquon Preserve, one of the largest restored wetlands in the Midwest, with secondary sites nearby. The focus of the project is to band and attach Motus tags to Sora and Virginia Rail to help understand migration timing and stopover duration in central Illinois. Candidates must contribute to a positive work environment, be able to work in a marsh environment in all weather conditions, and generally endure the physical demands of fieldwork during early spring in the Midwest. Housing is available in a bunkhouse at Forbes Biological Station https://forbes-bio-station.inhs.illinois.edu/ in Havana, Illinois for a reduced rate. Forbes Biological Station also provides an excellent opportunity to network with researchers who focus on waterfowl and wetland management and ecology; depending on availability there may be opportunities to learn about or participate in other ongoing projects.
Primary duties will include but are not limited to:
Deploying and maintaining walk-in clover traps, audio lures, solar panels, and camera traps
Checking traps in wet and muddy locations in all weather conditions
Handling, banding, collecting morphological measurements, and attaching Motus tags to rails
Troubleshooting electrical systems such as audio lures, solar panels, and 12V batteries
Operating a 4X4 truck in traffic and on narrow gravel roads with steep shoulders
Checking Motus tower operation and data extraction
Entering and proofing data
Hold or are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology or a similar discipline
Valid driver’s license
Be comfortable walking in mud and on steep slopes
Be comfortable working in an environment with insects and ticks
Experience with fieldwork in wetland environments
Experience handling birds
Experience banding and attaching radio tags
Applications should be received by January 10th, but a review of applications will begin immediately, and the position may be filled before the deadline. Please send a cover letter detailing skills and experience, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to Chad Cremer: email@example.com (be sure to reference “Rail Tech” in the subject line).
Illinois is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).
Contact Person: Chad A. Cremer
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org