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  • Research Technician - Bioacoustics, Coastal California

    Guest Danny Hofstadter
    • Employer: University of Wisconsin, Madison
      Location: Coastal California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    One field technician is needed to undertake field work for bioacoustics research projects in the redwood region of coastal California. This monitoring program uses autonomous recording units (ARUs) to survey for avifauna and provide information for several research and management programs studying forest owls and songbirds.

    This multi-year research project focuses largely on the effects of invasive barred owls on a suite of forest owl species that are believed to be negatively impacted by the barred owl invasion. Additional research is being conducted on the distributions of a variety of other avifauna in the redwood region.

    Start and end dates for this position are from April 1 to late-July. Pay is $20-$22/hour depending on experience.

    A typical workweek is 40 hours, generally 4 days/week. Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping of several nights/week is required. Schedules will be irregular, dependent on weather conditions, and will include a combination of field and office work. Field work consists of deploying and retrieving autonomous recording units throughout Jackson Demonstration State Forest and lands owned and managed by Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. Most sites will be reached by vehicle via forest roads, but some areas may involve ATV, and some areas may require short-distance hikes to deployment locations. Office work can include, but is not limited to, data entry, downloading and managing acoustic data, and prepping and troubleshooting equipment. Other duties may include clearing roads of debris, and vehicle maintenance. Much of the work will be solitary.

    Ideal applicants will have experience working in remote conditions; working solo in the field for days at a time; and driving 4x4 vehicles and ATVs on unmaintained, back country roads. Chainsaw certification is a plus.

    UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

    The application deadline is 15 Feb, 2023, however we will review applicants and conduct interviews on a rolling basis. Please include a cover letter stating why you are interested in a position, and a resume with at least three references and their contact information, all in a single file. For questions or additional information about the position please contact Danny Hofstadter (hofstadter@wisc.edu).

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