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    Volunteer Nest Searcher, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska

    • Employer: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Location: Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/30/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    We have two or three positions for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Nest Plot Survey, a cooperative project between Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management, and the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. This survey serves as the primary monitoring tool to measure recovery of the threatened Spectacled Eider in western Alaska and also provides data for many waterbirds, including Emperor and Brant Geese, Common Eiders and two loon species.  This long-term survey has been possible only by keeping costs to a minimum; thus, we cannot cover salary. We will cover travel costs from Anchorage to the field; crews will get to field sites via float plane or skiff from the Yupik village of Chevak. We provide all food and equipment and all training costs. The survey, travel and prep time takes approximately 3 weeks and starts during the second week of nesting. On average, we begin data collection on June 1st, but we have started as early as May 27th and as late as June 11th so some flexibility in your schedule is required. This is an exciting project to be on, but it puts you into the outdoors that not everyone is familiar with; it’s a real exposure to isolated living and working conditions and is not for everyone. This said, it is an incredible place to camp and boat; the days are long, and the birds are thick. Before we know it the flood of waterbirds will be on nests along the coast of the Bering Sea and we'll be there with them. To send a resume or inquire further, contact Dennis Marks (dennis_marks@ fws.gov) or Julian Fischer (julian_fischer@fws.gov).


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