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  • Waterfowl Research Technician

    Auriel Fournier
    • Employer: Forbes Biological Station - Illinois Natural History Survey
      Location: Havana, Illinois
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/22/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes



    The Illinois Natural History Survey is looking for a technician to fill their open hourly position as a Waterfowl Technician. This position will be located at the Forbes Biological Station in Havana, Illinois (http://www.bellrose.org/).

    Project Description: The successful applicant will help with project duties designed to estimate true metabolizable energy of submersed aquatic vegetation and other plant material for gadwall and possibly other duck species. Primary duties will include general husbandry, collecting and preparing plant material, conducting feeding trials, bomb calorimetry, and other laboratory processing. Additionally, technician may assist with a diverse array of ongoing waterfowl and wetland related projects, possibly including, waterbird surveys, experimental collection of waterfowl and diet analysis, avian influenza monitoring, collection and processing of core and vegetation samples from wetlands, radio telemetry, wetland vegetation mapping, trapping and banding of waterfowl (e.g., swim-in traps, rocket netting, hand nets), and other duties as assigned. The incumbent will work closely with graduate students and INHS staff.

    Qualifications: Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, natural resources, ecology, or a related field. Candidates must have a strong work ethic, contribute to a positive work environment, be able to lift 50 lbs., work in waders for extended periods, work nights and weekends during the field season, and generally endure the physical demands of fieldwork during fall, and winter in the Midwest. Ability to follow written protocols pertaining to the use of laboratory equipment, ability to identify unknown wetland vegetation using plant characteristics and an identification key, ability to traverse to wetland locations using satellite imagery maps. Preferred candidates will have experience in handling and capturing waterfowl, identifying wetland vegetation, handling firearms, operating ATVs and boats, and conducting bird surveys. Self-motivation, a passion for research, and the ability to work effectively within a team and independently are critical personality traits for the incumbent. Must have a valid driver’s license.

    Compensation:  $10/hour, working at least 40 hours per week. Housing is available onsite for a reduced rate (~$200/month).

    Duration: Approximately November 2019 through March 2020 possibly later

    To Apply: Please send a cover letter detailing skills and experience, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to Auriel Fournier: auriel@illinois.edu (Be sure to reference TME Tech in the subject line). To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 22nd, 2019, but a review of applications will begin immediately.

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