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    Wood Thrush Forest Study Technicians

    • Employer: Penn State
      Location: State College, PA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/22/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Avian point count technicians (2) needed for a forest management research study. The purpose of this study is to model wood thrush habitat selection and to test novel forest management techniques across Central Pennsylvania. Technicians will receive $12/hr. Field housing will be provided. Specific Duties: 1. Conduct early morning avian point count surveys in forest stands 2. Wood thrush nest searching and monitoring 3. Collect forest vegetation data 4. Detail-oriented data collection and data entry Technicians will work early mornings and during inclement weather (hot, rain, mosquitos, rattlesnakes, etc.) and should be able to hike off trail on steep and rocky terrain and should be able to carry 25lbs of gear. Applicants should be prepared to work as part of a team during nest searching and vegetation measurement but comfortable working alone during pre-dawn point count surveys. Data entry into excel will take place daily at field housing or at the office following field work. Field Season Dates: May 14, 2019 through August 23, 2019 with potential for extension

    Minimum Qualifications: 1. Physically fit, motivated, and comfortable working in a remote outdoor setting 2. Previous point count work/extensive birding experience identifying eastern birds by sound alone 3. Very flexible to changing work schedules, potential weekend work 4. Work well as part of a team with a good sense of humor 5. A valid driver’s license. To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: N. Scott Parkhill, nsp56@psu.edu Phone 207-403-4280 Applicant review will begin on February 15, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled.

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