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  • Seabird Telemetry Research Assistant

    • Employer: Audubon Seabird Institute
      Location: Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job Description:  Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program (SRP) is conducting a study on the foraging ecology of Atlantic Puffins that breed in the Gulf of Maine.  The project will use miniature GPS devices and time-depth recorders to record foraging trip tracks, times, and locations.  The project will also assess tag effects through observations comparing behavior of tagged and untagged birds.  This study will occur alongside SRP’s long-term seabird monitoring work at the field site.

    Primitive camping and working on an offshore island is required.  The island field station will have limited electricity (solar panels power research needs), propane stove, composting toilet, and no running water (rainwater is collected for washing; drinking water is brought from the mainland).  Research assistants will live on island for the duration of the field season.  The telemetry research assistants will coordinate activities with the Island Supervisor and long-term monitoring crew to ensure all island research and monitoring projects are completed. 

    Position starts in early/mid June and ends in mid-August, exact dates flexible

    Compensation: $500/week plus food and accommodation.

    Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field, with at least one full season of previous field experience; Experience with bird capture, handling, and banding, preferably with burrow-nesting seabirds;  Experience with data-logging telemetry tags and tag attachment techniques is a plus; Must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and slippery rocks and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.) and have wilderness camping experience; Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to get along with people of diverse backgrounds; Capable of working long hours outdoors in variable weather conditions; Must be able to sit in a small blind for extended portions of the day and maintain focus on data collection; Comfortable on the water in small boats; A sense of humor, patience, willingness to learn, dedication to wildlife conservation, and interest in seabirds and isolated islands; Must provide own binoculars, tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag.

    To Apply:  submit cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references with contact information at: https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4535/job or email paula.shannon@audubon.org. 

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