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  1. FIELD ASSISTANT needed to assist with our ongoing Florida Scrub-Jay population monitoring and translocation program at Ocala National Forest and other nearby public lands. We have hired the winter banding/translocation position (posted earlier) and are now looking to hire the spring/summer breeding season position. Primary duties of this position will be to find and monitor nests, to install nest cameras, and to band and bleed nestlings. Other duties will include assisting with trap taming and banding wild birds, color band resighting and territory mapping, and collecting other data for concurrent scrub-jay projects at these sites. Candidates should have experience with a) reading and recording color bands, b) nest searching (ideally for passerines), and c) handling, banding, and (ideally) bleeding passerines. Good driving records and excellent physical fitness required, with experience working outdoors in humid climates and walking through heavy brush or standing on uneven ground for extended periods of time. Some overnight travel may be required. Position begins ASAP and lasts through July, preferably through the first week of October. Late summer/early fall work will focus on trapping and translocating scrub-jays. Hourly pay negotiable. Preference may be given to local applicants who already have housing in the area. FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is located in Gainesville, FL. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references to Dr. Karl E. Miller @ karl.miller@myfwc.com as soon as possible. Make sure to describe your nest searching experience and your experience with banding and bleeding nestlings. Please put "SCRUB JAY FIELD ASSISTANT' in the subject line of your email. Applicants without current emails and phone numbers for their references will not be considered.
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