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  • Texas Rail Survey Technician


    Tabitha O
    • Employer: UCO/TAMU
      Location: Texas Gulf Coast (Galveston through Corpus Christi)
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    SURVEY TECHNICIAN NEEDED (1): As part of a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department funded project, the technician will assist a M.Sc. student in investigating questions regarding patterns of rail species (Black, Yellow, Virginia, King, Clapper, and Sora) occupancy associated with habitat associations and land management practices. This project will involve considerable fieldwork, including dawn/dusk surveys for rails at multiple WMAs & state parks along the Texas coast, as well as vegetation sampling. The technician will need to work largely independently as well as work well with the M.Sc. student leader. Field housing and or camping arrangements will be provided throughout each of the field sites we will be visiting. Technician will be paid minimum of $17.00/hour up to $17.92/hour (depending on grant funds) for 40 hours/week from February 15th-June 25th field season (2023).

    Primary Responsibilities Include:

    -Conducting morning/evening broadcast surveys for rails using playback. Audial recognition of primary rail species will be necessary.

    -Deploy and rotate automated recording devices (ARU) throughout the season

    -Assist M.Sc. student when flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (small drone) using thermal imaging

    - Inventorying salt marsh structure and composition in association with census points

    -Entering data to assist with summary reports

    -Nocturnal banding opportunities early-season in association with joint-projects

    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 as well as their own vehicle/transportation 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. Must have prior experience conducting point counts or other similar bird survey techniques. Familiarity with GPS units and basic navigation skills (even in the dark) is required.

    Experience Preferred: Experience conducting vegetation surveys is preferred. Ability to identify the 6 primary rail species by sound is strongly preferred, but (unpaid) training options are available and will be provided to interested candidates.

    Please email Tabitha Olsen (tabithawolsen1@gmail.com) if you have any questions regarding the position or are interested in applying. If you wish to apply for the position, please send an email with the header: “Rail Technician Application” and include a .PDF file including your cover letter, CV, and 3 references with contact information. Applications will be considered as soon as they are received and the position is open until filled.




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