Summary: BRI’s Center for Loon Conservation research studies focuses on a variety of ecological stressors faced by loon populations. The Center is also actively involved in assisting state and regional conservation agencies in loon monitoring efforts, capture and banding efforts, translocation, and development of management plans to ensure long-term reproductive success. Loon field biologists are responsible for acting in support of on-going loon studies involving toxin levels, demographics, behavior, and genetic ecology.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Field biologists collect record and report data on loon population and nesting ecology, including but not limited to:
• Re-sight banded individuals as part of long-term demographic and contaminant studies
• Deploy, maintain and remove artificial nest rafts
• Participate in the live capture of loons, including banding and taking samples according to the scope of work and approved protocols
• Collect abandoned eggs, eggshells and loon carcasses
• Uphold the legal requirements of permits
• Participate in the collection, recording and reporting of data to ensure quality and methodology
• Early morning marshbird surveys as needed
• Assisting in common loon translocation as needed
• Help organize the shipping of field samples to the lab in a timely manner
• Coordinate, communicate and collaborate with state, federal, industry and private researchers as needed to ensure project goals
• Participation in data analysis, and report writing as needed
• All other duties as directed or assigned
Hours/Schedule: This is a full-time, seasonal position, with varying hire and release dates starting around May 1, 2019 at the earliest, depending on the individual assignment. Weather will often determine the schedule, although a 40-hour work week is required and there will be occasional night and weekend work.
Qualifications: B.A. or B.S. in wildlife biology, wildlife management, biology, zoology, ecology, or a related discipline. A valid driver's license is required and experience with a full sized vehicle with 4-wheel drive and hitch for trailering motorboats is required. Use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursed). Preference will be given to applicants with motor boating experience.
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Courses and/or work experience in wildlife biology, preferably with avian or aquatic species
• Must be comfortable with the idea of handling/ marking wildlife although prior handling or banding experience is not necessary
• Familiarity with Eastern waterbird and marsh bird species
• Ability to work independently, as well as with a team of other researchers
• Strong swimming ability
• A working knowledge of kayak, canoe, and/or powerboat use
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel and Access
• Patience to monitor banded individuals
• Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions
• A genuine passion for wildlife and conservation
Supervisory Responsibilities: None.
Physical Demands: Physically demanding work requires Field biologists to be in excellent physical condition and must possess a strong physical ability to tolerate weather extremes, rough water, hiking into remote lakes and the company of black flies. Need to be able to lift 50+ lbs.
Work Environment: The primary field site is located in the Rangeley Region of Western Maine, although some applicants may be based at a field loon translocation site in Massachusetts. Field research often requires long hours, sometimes alone in the field in remote areas. Shared housing is provided.
Compensation: Starting compensation will be $455/week with housing included, mileage reimbursed.
Applicants will be responsible for traveling to field headquarters but not necessarily to field sites as we will have work vehicles.
Application: Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter and resume with references to the project coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include ‘loon resume’ in the subject line of the email.
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