One field assistant is needed for a PhD project studying the Interior Population of trumpeter swans in the Midwest. More information about the project can be found at https://trumpeterswan.netlify.com. Fieldwork will consist of the capture and banding of trumpeter swans on their breeding grounds throughout Minnesota. Swans will be fitted with GPS/GSM transmitters to study habitat use and annual movements. Working periods may occasionally be up to 10 days at a time but will typically follow a 7-on/3-off schedule. Housing will be provided throughout the field season although a personal car will provide more flexibility during time off. Pay will be $2300-2500/month, depending on experience and qualifications. Position will start approximately mid-late June and continue through at least mid-August with the possibility for extension into early September.
A resilient fortitude is essential to maintain a positive attitude during long hours of challenging fieldwork. Physical requirements include the ability to lift and carry heavy boats and motors (60+ lbs) for extended periods. An undergraduate degree in wildlife biology or a related field is preferred. The most competitive applicants will have demonstrated experience conducting wildlife fieldwork in physically rigorous conditions. To apply please email a single pdf document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, your dates of availability, your resume, and three professional references to David Wolfson at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20, 2020.