Two seasonal positions to assist in a study researching the movement ecology of Chestnut-bellied scaled quail utilizing GPS transmitters. Research will occur on two private ranches in South Texas, roughly two hours apart from each other (vehicle will be provided for travel between sites). The primary duties of this
position will be to capture and handle live birds and monitor tagged birds throughout the duration of the field season, with the possibility of other duties, such as vegetation sampling and avian point count surveys, being assigned later.
Essential Duties • Assists in the execution of experiments in support of the chestnut-bellied scaled quail research project • Assists graduate students and other field staff with research activities, including data management (i.e. digital data entry) • Manages and maintains field equipment • Traps and handles live chestnut-bellied scaled quail, monitors birds via GPS units, and retrieves GPS units from deceased birds • Performs nest and brood searches during the breeding season • Interacts with and maintains a working relationship with private landowners and managers in South Texas on a regular basis • Performs other duties as assigned related to field research objectives Preferred Requirements • Experience with computer programs associated with data entry and management, such as Excel, Access, ArcMap, and others. • Experience using four-wheelers/ATVs/UTVs and driving 4WD vehicles • Experience handling live birds and identifying birds to species • Willingness to regularly travel between remote field sites (>2 hours, vehicle provided) • Willingness to work in remote and challenging field conditions, including high heat/humidity, thorny brush, biting insects, and difficult terrain. • Ability to obtain a U.S. driver’s license This listing represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned. Please submit a cover letter, CV or Resume, and contact information for three references in a single pdf document. Subject line of email should read: “Last Name –Scaled Quail Technician” to Caleb McKinney (email@example.com).
Contact Person: Caleb McKinney
Contact eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org