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  • Sagebrush Songbird Field Technicians: Wyoming


    Don Jones
    • Employer: Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Wyoming
      Location: Pinedale, Wyoming
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Description

    We are seeking multiple technicians to assist with research on nesting sagebrush songbirds in western Wyoming during the summer of 2023. This long-term project has been ongoing since 2008 and is broadly focused on the effects of energy development and habitat alteration on several species of declining sagebrush-obligate songbirds. Study sites are located in sagebrush steppe habitat on and nearby two large natural gas fields in the Upper Green River Basin south of Pinedale. Primary duties will include: searching for and monitoring songbird nests; setting up and maintaining nest cameras; resighting color-banded birds; tracking fledglings using handheld radio telemetry; conducting microhabitat vegetation surveys; and entering and proofing data. In addition to these primary duties, technicians will have the opportunity to occasionally assist with nestling measurements and adult bird banding. Work will start in early/mid May and continue through mid/late August, with some flexibility for start and end dates. Technicians will work an average of 40 hours/week, Monday-Friday, with some weekend shifts required during the busiest time of the breeding season. Technicians can expect to hike up to 10 miles per day off-trail through the sagebrush, sometimes carrying a heavy load. The weather can be highly variable and technicians should be prepared for sub-freezing temperatures with snow early in the season and hot conditions with no shade later in the season. Shared housing and work vehicles will be provided. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable biological field experience, contribute to a unique long-term research project, build new skills, and spend your summer working outdoors in a beautiful place.

    Qualifications

    Successful applicants must have a valid US driver’s license and a clean driving record. The ability to hike long distances in difficult terrain and inclement weather, sometimes carrying a heavy load, is required. Applicants must be comfortable living in shared housing in a rural western town for the summer, and must be able to work both independently and as a team. Attention to detail, careful data collection, and the ability to follow protocols and instructions closely are a must. Applicants with a demonstrated interest in ecology or wildlife biology will be given closest consideration. Previous experience with nest searching, resighting cryptic color-banded birds, telemetry, and/or songbird handling and banding is preferred but not required. Above all else, we are looking for technicians who have a strong work ethic, are enthusiastic about the project, and can maintain a positive attitude even when conditions are challenging. To apply, please submit a single PDF document consisting of a cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information (phone and email) to Don Jones (djones46@uwyo.edu). Please title your application document: ‘YourLastName_FirstName_2022.’ Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and qualified candidates may be hired before the deadline, so don’t wait to submit your application!




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