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  • Technician opportunity to investigate Black Rail Occupancy and Habitat Associations on the Texas Coast

    Tabitha O
    • Employer: University of Central Oklahoma
      Location: Texas Gulf Coast
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/20/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Position Overview: As part of a US Fish & Wildlife Service funded project, the technician will assist a M.Sc. student in investigating questions regarding patterns of Black Rail occupancy associated with habitat associations, land management practices and environmental perturbations such as Hurricane Harvey. This project will involve considerable fieldwork, including nocturnal surveys for Black Rails at the Texas mid-Coast NWR complex, as well as vegetation sampling. The technician will need to work largely independently.

    College/Department Overview: The University of Central Oklahoma is a public university in Edmond, Oklahoma. It is the third largest university in Oklahoma, with more than 17,000 students and approximately 434 full-time faculty. Founded in 1890 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Central connects its nearly 15,000 students to unmatched value found in 122 undergraduate areas of study and 78 graduate programs from its main campus in Edmond and facilities throughout the metro area. The Biology Department at UCO is one of the largest departments on campus. The mission of the biology department is to provide students with a solid foundation in both theoretical and laboratory aspects of biology and to prepare students for graduate studies or for specific career opportunities in education, research, medicine, allied health and other professional scientific areas demanded by our global environment.

    Department Specific Essential Job Functions: Primary responsibilities will include determining how high salt marsh structure and management affects Black Rail occupancy during the breeding season. Specific field work will include conducting call-playback surveys to document the presence of Black Rails, deploying remote digital cameras and analyzing images, deploying Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs), inventorying salt marsh structure and composition in association with census points, and entering data to assist with summary reports.

    Job Qualifications:  All candidates must possess the minimum of a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline and have had education or research experience closely related to the primary mission of the project. Must be willing to work long hours outside under a variety of spring/summer field conditions. Position requires an ability to work well independently or with others. It is expected that the applicant is capable of occasionally walking several miles through salt marshes in a given day carrying a backpack over uneven terrain. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a standard background check.

    Experience Required: Experience in identifying (by sight and sound) bird species that occur in coastal Texas, particularly in salt marshes, is required. Incumbent must have experience conducting point counts or other similar bird survey techniques.

    Experience Preferred: Experience conducting vegetation surveys is preferred, as is familiarity with and an ability to orientate using a GPS unit.

    Pay/Housing: $17.92 per hour, 40 hours per week, 10 weeks total. The technician will be housed at an onsite field station.

    Starting Date: 1 April 2022

    Ending Date: 10 June 2022

    Application process: Please send a cover letter and a resume/CV to Chris Butler at drchrisbutler@gmail.com.

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