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  • Woodpecker Technicians

    • Employer: University of Toledo
      Location: Ohio and Michigan
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/31/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    RED-HEADED WOODPECKER RESEARCH TECHNICIANS (6) needed to conduct field data collection on demography and habitat associations of red-headed woodpeckers in northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. Primary duties will include nest searching and monitoring as well as capturing, marking, and radio-tracking adult and juvenile birds. We are looking for applicants who will take pride in collecting high-quality ecological data with or without supervision, under often challenging field conditions, with a hard-working, team-oriented attitude, and preferably with a good sense of humor.


    We are looking for applicants with a wide range in experience levels. Minimum qualifications include a passion for being in nature, excellent observation stills, willingness to get wet and dirty, and the ability to ignore your phone for multiple consecutive hours. Preferred qualifications include experience capturing birds with mistnets, handling and marking birds, and collecting blood samples from birds. This job requires people who enjoy living, traveling, and working closely in small groups, are resourceful and creative, comfortable going with the flow during a crazy unpredictable work schedule (each day will be unique), and are in excellent physical condition.


    Ohio and Michigan crews (3 people each) will work independently with training and some oversight from the project PI and graduate students working on concurrent projects. Crews will live in an apartment or house and drive vehicles provided by the University of Toledo. The season will run from 15 May 2019 through mid-August 2019. Technician stipend is $1,000/month plus provided work transportation and housing.


    Persons interested in interviewing for a position should email a letter of interest, including previous research experience and relevant field skills, and current CV with names and contact information (phone and email) for two references to the UT Vertebrate Ecology Lab at utvertlab@gmail.com. Please include YOUR LAST NAME and “Woodpecker Tech” in the email subject line.


    Application deadline is January 31, 2019. Applications will be considered as they are received until all positions are filled.

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