Institution: University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey
Location: Central Illinois
Start Date: May 2, 2022
Seeking 1 field technician to work on a Master’s project investigating the spatial and breeding ecology of Eastern whip-poor-wills in Illinois. The workload is dynamic and will change depending on the time in the breeding season. Technicians will be tasked with assisting in target netting, banding, and radio tagging of adult whip-poor-wills, as well as nest searching, nest monitoring, and tagging of chicks at time of fledging. Manual VHF-tracking of all tagged birds will follow. For most of the season, work will occur primarily at night, when whip-poor-wills are most active. At the end of the season, however, the crew will be expected to switch to day work to perform intensive vegetation sampling. Work weeks will be 5 days with some weekend work at the height of the season. Housing at Forbes Biological Station and shared field vehicle(s) will be provided. Work will begin the first week of May and extend into late July. Rate of pay is $12 to $13 per hour DOE.
- Completed or pursuing a degree in wildlife biology, ecology, or a related field
- Experience with avian field work and bird handling
- Ability to collect accurate, detailed data in the field
- Good sense of direction (helps a lot in the dark)
- Maintain a professional and can-do attitude through the rigors of fieldwork...think lots of ticks, poison ivy, and frustrating telemetry
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record
Additional experience mist netting, affixing radio tags to small birds, and performing manual telemetry surveys is preferred, but not required.
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