Dates of Position: Approximately June 3 - August 30 (some flexibility on both ends)
Compensation: $13.27/hour, 40 hours per week. Housing in Boulder Creek is provided for the duration of the field season.
Position Description: The successful applicant will assist PhD student Kristin Brunk with field work related to her research into the behavioral ecology and management of Steller's Jays. Steller's Jays are important nest predators of many species, including the federally threatened and California state endangered Marbled Murrelet. Field work for this project is multi-faceted and includes capturing, banding, and sampling Steller's Jays (using mist nets), deploying radio transmitters, using radio telemetry to re-locate Steller's Jays and map territories, re-sighting colored leg bands, conducting controlled behavior trials, and recording and entering high-quality and detailed data from the field.
Qualifications: Preferably a Bachelors in Ecology, Wildlife, Biology or a related field. An ideal candidate will have some experience with either radio telemetry, bird or wildlife capture and handling, or both. Experience re-sighting colored leg bands would also be extremely beneficial. Field assistants must be flexible, as our schedule changes frequently, and be able to work well as a part of a small team (i.e., 3 people) or alone. Applicants should also be comfortable and able to hike alone in the redwood forest.
For more info about the project: http://silvis.forest.wisc.edu/research/a-tale-of-two-birds-determining-the-success-of-stellers-jay-management-and-its-effect-on-the-conservation-of-the-endangered-marbled-murrelet-in-coastal-old-growth-redwood-forests/
Application Requirements: Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume (or CV) as one document to Kristin Brunk (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please use "Steller's Jay Field Assistant 2019" as the subject line of the e-mail.