Technicians (4) needed to assist with long-term research studying sagebrush songbirds in western Wyoming. The initial research for this project began in 2008 and is focused on the effects of habitat loss associated with energy development on sagebrush obligate songbird species and their nest predator suite. We will also be adding a migration and over-winter survival component this year, which will entail the use of geolocators.
Study sites will be located on two natural gas fields: the Jonah Gas field and Pinedale Anticline, outside of Pinedale, Wyoming. Primary duties will include: locating and monitoring songbird nests (Brewer’s sparrow, sagebrush sparrow and sage thrasher), setting up and maintaining infrared nest cameras, and vegetation surveys. Technicians will also assist with data entry, additional experiments, and maintenance/repair of field equipment when needed. Technicians will also have the opportunity to assist with songbird target-netting and banding.
Work will start early May and continue until the middle/end of August, with some flexibility for start and end dates. Applicants should have a strong work ethic and willingness to work long hours outside under potentially inclement weather conditions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain ecological research experience on a long term study, gain a wide variety of field experience, and spend your summer in a beautiful setting.
Shared housing and work vehicles will be provided for the field season. Pay is ~$1600-$1900/month, dependent on experience.
Interested applicants should have a valid US driver’s license with a clean driving record. Applicants with a proven interest in wildlife biology will be given closest consideration. Previous experience with nest searching and monitoring and bird banding/extraction is preferred but not required. Applicants must be comfortable living in a remote setting for the summer, hiking long distances in varying conditions, and working both independently and in close contact with coworkers. Applicants should demonstrate attention to detail and be able to follow specific field protocols. Above all else, enthusiasm for the work, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude in the field are important.
To apply, please submit ONE PDF document containing your cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information (phone, email) to Emily Shertzer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please title your application document: ‘YourLastName_FirstName_2020.’ Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable applicants are found.