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    Spring Migration Field Assistant


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    • Employer: University of South Carolina
      Location: Texas and Kansas/Nebraska
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/10/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Seeking two volunteers to assist with a study on avian migration in the central U.S. this spring. My project uses satellite tracking to follow Hudsonian godwits (Limosa haemastica), extreme long-distance migratory shorebirds that pass through coastal Texas and Kansas/Nebraska on their way north.

    Positions will last for just 3 weeks in April 2019, beginning in Texas when godwits arrive (approximately April 10th) and ending in Kansas or Nebraska when they depart (no later than May 1st). Work may include locating and visiting stopover sites using tracking data and maps, interacting with rural landowners, assessing habitat features, and collecting soil core samples. Positions are unpaid, but travel to/from field sites, lodging, and food are covered.

    No experience necessary. We may spend a fair amount of time locating and driving to field sites, so holding a valid U.S. driver’s license with a good driving record is a plus. Experience with binoculars and/or field scopes is also helpful. Preference given to candidates from the Gulf Coast or Midwest regions, but all are welcome to apply. This project is a great introduction to spring migration on the Gulf Coast!

    If interested, send a CV and contact info for at least 1 reference as a single PDF to Jenny at linscotj@email.sc.edu. Include in the body of the email a short message introducing yourself and describing your interest in the project.

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