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  • Volunteer Research Assistant

    • Employer: Institute for Seabird Research and Conservation
      Location: Middleton Island, Alaska
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/15/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS for Alaska seabird research, early-May to mid-August 2019.  Availability for the whole interval is important—please indicate as much in your application.  Study site is Middleton Island, a remote location in the north-central Gulf of Alaska with large populations of kittiwakes, cormorants, murres, puffins, and gulls.  Crew of 6-8 people will live in close quarters and work together in conducting population studies of several species.  Duties include censusing, banding and band resighting, blood sampling, deployment of bird tracking and monitoring devices, daily observation of breeding biology, and supplemental feeding of birds in artificial nest sites.  Enthusiasm and willingness to work long hours under sometimes messy or inhospitable conditions essential; prior experience in field studies of birds or other wildlife a plus, but not essential. Receive roundtrip airfare (on or about 3 May) to Anchorage from lower 48, food and lodging on Middleton Island, plus $5.00 per diem (~$500 for the season). Current First Aid/CPR certification required before arrival in Alaska.  Special Note:  A side project (sort of “after hours”) during the 2019 field season will be development of a web site for sharing program attributes and results of Middleton seabird research with the public.  We are looking to recruit at least one crew member with honed skills and recent experience using one or another of the commonly available web site development tools.  Applicants should highlight qualifications in this area if applicable.  Due to short lead time, international applicants cannot be considered unless already in possession of a suitable visa.  Please send CV and two references, with contact information, to Scott Hatch (shatch.isrc@gmail.com).  This project is jointly sponsored by the Institute for Seabird Research and Conservation, GulfWatch Alaska, and McGill University.



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