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    Waterfowl Field Assistant: Alaska

    • Employer: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      Location: Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/11/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Field assistants (6) needed for the summer of 2020 to assist with nesting biology studies of threatened Steller’s and spectacled eiders for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska. The USFWS’s Endangered Species Program (based in Fairbanks, Alaska) has been monitoring Steller’s eider breeding biology in Utqiaġvik since 1991. Utqiaġvik is the northernmost city in Alaska and the U.S., with approximately 4,500 residents. Utqiaġvik has an active arctic research community, with a variety of ongoing projects on marine mammals, birds, and terrestrial mammals. Summer weather in Utqiaġvik is typically cold and windy, average highs range from 35 – 50 F, and average lows range from 25 – 35 F. A bunkhouse with running water, showers, telephone, and kitchen in Utqiaġvik are provided.

    Duties: Field assistants will primarily be involved with two surveys: 1) Breeding pair surveys for Steller’s and spectacled eiders and avian predators (snowy owl, three species of jaegers, glaucous gull, and common raven) and 2) Nest searching and monitoring the fate of Steller’s and spectacled eider nests, and nests of other waterfowl and avian predators.

    Dates: ~June 1st– July 15th with possible extension through the end of July 2020

    Expenses/Stipend: Round trip travel from the continental U.S. to Utqiaġvik are covered.  A stipend (~$1,000 – $1,500 depending on budget and duration of time spent on the project) plus food and lodging are provided.

    Gear: Waders, binoculars, and other field gear are provided; you must provide your own field clothes.

    Qualifications: This is a physically demanding position that requires the ability and mental focus to work for long hours at a time, day in and day out hiking across unstable, wet tundra and through mucky Arctophila dominated wetlands. Applicants must be willing and capable of: working as part of a team, living in shared quarters in a remote village, working long hours, and walking up to 12+ miles per day in hip waders in mostly cold, windy weather, or possibly in warm, buggy weather.

    Preferred qualifications include experience with firearms, identifying birds in the field with binoculars including female waterfowl, navigating by maps and GPS, and all-terrain vehicle experience.

    To apply: Email a letter of interest, resume, and name and contact information for three references to nathan_graff@fws.gov. Please combine the letter, resume, and references into one document (either a Word or PDF file), and name the file with your last name_ first name (e.g., Smith_John.docx). The application period is open now until 1/11/20. Applications will be reviewed starting in January 2020 until positions are filled. 

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