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  • Secretive Marsh Bird Technician - Tennessee

    Haley Holiman
    • Employer: Tennessee Technological University
      Location: Study areas in central Tennessee
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/30/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    We are looking to fill 1 technician position to assist a M.S. student with secretive marsh bird research in central Tennessee. Research includes surveying marsh birds using audio call-broadcast methods and using autonomous recording units (ARUs) to monitor remotely. Primary technician duties include conducting bird surveys, vegetation sampling, ARU maintenance, and data entry. Other duties may arise as needed. The technician will be paid a  stipend of $2000/month, housing and a work vehicle will be included. The expected start date will be March 20, 2023 and end June 1, 2023.

    Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license, must have a good attitude, and must be willing to work long and irregular hours as needed. Applicants must also be in good physical condition and be able to lift/carry at least 50 pounds long distances through mud and marsh. Experience with a) identifying marsh bird species (rails, bitterns, gallinules), b) Using the Conway method for marsh bird surveys c) ATVs and boats equipped with standard outboard and/or surface drive motors is a plus but not explicitly required. Shared housing will be provided. Work schedule will be irregular and a significant portion of time spent working early mornings (for surveys) and afternoons (ARU set-up). This position will provide opportunity to work and network with Tennessee Tech faculty and staff and professionals with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Our team is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. We are fully focused on equality and ensuring an environment that affords respect to all people.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    ·        Secretive marsh bird surveys using the Conway Protocol

    ·        Vegetation surveys

    ·        Set-up and maintenance of ARUs

    ·        Equipment maintenance

    ·        Processing acoustic data

    ·        Data entry

    Minimum Qualifications:

    ·        A Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, wildlife management or related field.

    ·        Must be able to navigate using a handheld GPS device

    ·        Must possess a valid US driver’s license without restrictions

    ·        Must have good communication skills with peers, agency staff, and private landowners

    ·        Must be able to carry 50 lbs and traverse wetlands and muddy conditions in waders

    ·        Must be able to maintain a positive attitude in adverse weather conditions and during periods of working long hours


    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (desired, not required):

    ·        Excellent interpersonal skills

    ·        Able to live and interact amicably with a diversity of people

    ·        Experience with data collection and entry

    ·        Meticulous attention to detail

    ·        Ability to operate 4x4 vehicles, boats, ATVs

    ·        Experience identifying secretive marsh bird species by call

    ·        Experience with bird point count surveys

    ·        Experience using ARUs for acoustic monitoring

    ·        Experience conducting vegetation surveys

    To Apply: Applicants should email a single pdf document (with the subject line title: Marsh Bird Tech) including a cover letter that details interest and qualifications for the project, a resume/CV, as well as contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

    Contact Person: Haley Holiman

    Contact Email: lhholiman42@tntech.edu

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