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  • Ruffed Grouse Research Technician


    Clay Delancey
    • Employer: Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
      Location: North Georgia
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/31/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    How to apply: Please apply online at https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/125684, and include a cover letter and CV with at least 3 references in one PDF document. Include available start and end dates within your cover letter.

    Application deadline: November 29, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

    Salary: $10.25 per hour (40 hours per week)

    Start Date: February 24, 2020

    End Date: May 31, 2020

    Job Summary:

    We are seeking up to 3 field technicians to conduct spring drumming surveys of Ruffed Grouse across North Georgia. Primary duties will be to conduct standard roadside grouse surveys, along with paired off-road surveys. Technicians will also be responsible for set-up, take-down, and monitoring of Automated Recording Units (ARUs). Technicians will be required to enter data on a daily basis, and may be asked to enter acoustical sound data from the ARUs.

    Technicians will work 6 days per week (up to 40 hours per week). Working hours will vary depending on distance to survey points each morning, but expect very early mornings to early/mid-afternoon work schedules. Pay is $10.25/hour, and field housing and a work vehicle will be provided. Technicians will need a backpack and hiking boots.

    Primary Duties:

    1)      Perform bird point count surveys

    2)      Operate song meters

    3)      Enter data

    4)      Traveling to field sites

    Education and Experience required:

    Must have strong work ethic and positive attitude, interest in birds and conservation, and strong observational and listening skills. Ability to navigate using a GPS. Ability to follow directions and work independently. Must be working towards or have a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience conducting forest bird surveys and working independently in the field. A valid driver’s license and good driving record is required.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1)      Strong interest in gamebird management and birds in general

    2)      Ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound

    3)      Comfort with navigating off-road locations

    4)      Organizational skills with attention to detail

    Physical Demand:

    Must be able to endure long workdays beginning before sunrise, drive long distances, hike through dense forests, navigate steep/uneven terrain, and work in hot, humid conditions with ticks, chiggers, poison ivy, and the occasional rattlesnake, while sometimes carrying up to 25lbs. of field equipment.

    Breakdown of Responsibilities (percent of time):

    60% bird surveys

    20% operating song meters

    10% data entry

    10% traveling



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