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  • Sagebrush songbird technician

    Guest Emily Shertzer
    • Employer: University of Wyoming
      Location: Pinedale, Wyoming
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Dates: May 15 – August 15 2022

    Salary: $12-14/hour DOE; 40 hours/week; housing provided

    Primary contact: Emily Shertzer, eshertze@uwyo.edu


    Technicians 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 alteration associated with energy development on sagebrush-obligate songbird species, and their nest predator suite and ectoparasites. Study sites will be located on and surrounding 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, color band resighting, and microhabitat measurements. Technicians will also assist with radio telemetry, nestling morphometrics, data entry, and maintenance/repair of field equipment when needed. Technicians will also have the opportunity to assist with songbird banding. Work will start early May and continue until the middle/end of August, with some flexibility for start and end dates. Technicians will work an average of 40 hours/week Monday through Friday, with some weekend work. 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 ~$12-$14/hour, dependent on experience.


    Interested applicants should have a valid US driver’s license with a clean driving record. Applicants with a demonstrated interest in wildlife biology will be given closest consideration. Previous experience with songbird handling and banding 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 as a team. 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. Hires must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by the start date, and protocols to maintain the safety of the crew and others amidst the continuing COVID-19 pandemic will be in effect. 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 (eshertze@uwyo.edu). Please title your application document: ‘YourLastName_FirstName_2022.’ Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable applicants are found.

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