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  1. Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is seeking a songbird bander/field assistant to help with various projects involving birds and other wildlife at its research sites in Danbury, CT, New Fairfield, CT, and Pawling, NY from mid/late May through July/early August, 2020. Applicants must be experienced with songbird mist-netting and banding to the extent that they are demonstrably qualified and able to do so without direct oversight (i.e., able to safely extract, band, age, sex, measure, and weigh birds on his/her own in a timely manner). One project will require target-capturing male ovenbirds using song playback to investigate return rates of previously banded birds at the study site. This is part of a larger study of the effects of the invasive shrub, Japanese barberry, on ovenbird habitat quality, diet, and other factors. The other project involves capturing migrating and breeding songbirds to sample them for the newly introduced and invasive Asian long-horned tick and other tick species as part of a regional tickborne disease monitoring program in collaboration with the Tickborne Disease Prevention Lab at Western Connecticut State University. In addition to these projects that involve mist-netting and banding, the selected person will conduct visual/aural bird surveys at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and other nearby areas for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project. Strong eastern bird identification skills (by sight and sound) are required. Other duties will include data entry and conducting weekly drag-samples for ticks as part of a regional black-legged tick population monitoring effort. The field assistant may also occasionally be asked to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is a newly established environmental education, conservation, and science institute located in New Fairfield, Connecticut, approximately one hour north of New York City. The preserve totals 825 acres and is contiguous or nearly contiguous with thousands of acres of additional protected land in Connecticut and neighboring New York State. Five miles of trails wind through the western side of the preserve and are open to the public year-round. Great Hollow also operates as a biological field station that is open to external researchers. Minimum Qualifications -Songbird banding experience as outlined above, with a minimum of 100 extractions. -Strong eastern bird identification skills. -Completion of at least 2 full years of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field. -Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions. -Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain. -English fluency. -Ability to communicate effectively. -Ability to work independently and as part of a team. -Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others (for applicants in need of housing). - Proof and continuous maintenance of health insurance coverage during employment. -U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S. -Valid driver’s license and own transportation. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $375, plus free on-site, shared housing and utilities (electric, heat, cable tv/internet/phone) at Great Hollow Nature Preserve. To apply, please email as a single PDF (1) a cover letter that describes in detail your field experience with birds (particularly with mist-netting and banding, including an estimate of the number of birds extracted), (2) a C.V., and (3) contact info and relationships to at least 2 professional references who can attest to your mist-netting and banding experience to Dr. Chad Seewagen at info@greathollow.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.
  2. Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is seeking an avian research intern to help with various projects involving birds and other wildlife at its research sites in Danbury, CT, New Fairfield, CT, and Pawling, NY from mid/late May through July/early August, 2020. One project involves target-netting male ovenbirds using song playback to investigate return rates of previously banded birds at the study site. This is part of a larger study of the effects of the invasive shrub, Japanese barberry, on ovenbird habitat quality, diet, and other factors. Another project involves capturing migrating and breeding songbirds to sample them for the newly introduced and invasive Asian long-horned tick and other tick species in collaboration with Western Connecticut State University. For both projects, the intern will assist with setting up and taking down mist-nets, recording data, and other tasks. Previous experience with mist-netting and bird banding is preferred but not necessary to apply. In addition to these projects, the avian research intern will conduct visual/aural bird surveys at Great Hollow Nature Preserve and other nearby areas for the Connecticut Bird Atlas Project. Experience conducting bird surveys and strong eastern bird identification skills (by sight and sound) are required. Other duties will include data entry and conducting weekly drag-samples for ticks as part of a regional black-legged tick population monitoring effort. The research intern may also occasionally be asked to help with miscellaneous office duties, community events, educational programs, and otherwise contribute to the general day-to-day operation of Great Hollow. Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center is a newly established environmental education, conservation, and science institute located in New Fairfield, Connecticut, approximately one hour north of New York City. The preserve totals 825 acres and is contiguous or nearly contiguous with thousands of acres of additional protected land in Connecticut and neighboring New York State. Five miles of trails wind through the western side of the preserve and are open to the public year-round. Great Hollow also operates as a biological field station that is open to external researchers. Minimum Qualifications -Strong eastern bird identification skills and experience conducting bird surveys. -Familiarity with mist-netting and banding birds. -Completion of at least 1 full year of a 4-year university program, majoring in natural resources, conservation biology, ecology, wildlife management, or a similar field. -Ability to enjoy working outdoors under adverse conditions. -Physically fit and able to work long days on rugged terrain. -English fluency. -Ability to communicate effectively. -Ability to work independently and as part of a team. -Ability to live in shared on-site housing with respect for others (for applicants in need of housing). - Proof and continuous maintenance of health insurance coverage during employment. -U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the U.S. -Valid driver’s license and own transportation. Compensation includes a weekly stipend of $325, plus free on-site, shared housing and utilities (electric, heat, cable tv/internet/phone) at Great Hollow Nature Preserve. To apply, please email as a single PDF (1) a cover letter that describes in detail your experience with birds and any other relevant field experience (if you have experience with mist-netting and banding, please include an estimated number of extractions), (2) a C.V., and (3) contact info and relationships to at least 2 professional references to Dr. Chad Seewagen at info@greathollow.org. Applications will be accepted until April 10 and reviewed in the order in which they are received.
  3. Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center offers up to $5,000 in grants each year to support biological research at and beyond our preserve in New Fairfield, Connecticut. The maximum amount awarded to a single project is $2,500. All areas of field biology are eligible, but those with a conservation application are the most competitive. Great Hollow Nature Preserve may be the only study site or may be one of multiple study sites used in the research. Applicants may be students or professionals of any age and career stage, but they must be affiliated with an educational institution or other non-profit organization. The grants may be used for field assistant wages or direct expenses such as field and lab equipment and supplies. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their novelty, scientific merit, soundness of the methodology, and ability to contribute significant new information to the published literature on the subject. Great Hollow has all of the facilities of a biological field station, including short-term housing, which may be available to awardees during their field season(s). Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for housing. Applications are due March 1st and awardees are announced by April 1st of each year. To apply, please provide a brief cover letter, C.V., and a proposal of no more than 3 pages single spaced (not including references) that includes the project need, research question(s), methods, predicted results, detailed budget and other sources of funding, and the expected contribution of the study to the relevant field. Email applications as a single PDF document to info@greathollow.org with “GRANT APPLICATION_[Last Name]” in the subject line.
  4. Great Hollow offers two grants each year in the amount of up to $2,500 each for biological research to be conducted at our preserve in New Fairfield, CT. All areas of field biology are welcome, but those with a clear conservation application are the most competitive. Great Hollow Nature Preserve may be the only study site or may be one of multiple study sites used for the study. Applicants can be students or professionals of any age and career stage, but they must be affiliated with an educational institution or other non-profit organization. The grants may be used for field assistant wages, field and lab equipment and supplies, or direct expenses. Proposals will be evaluated by their novelty, scientific merit and soundness of the methodology, and likelihood to contribute significant new information to the published literature on the subject. Applications are due December 1st and awardees are announced by February 1st of each year. To apply, please provide a brief cover letter, C.V., and a proposal of no more than 3 pages single spaced (not including references) that includes the project need, research question(s), detailed methods, detailed budget and any other sources of funding, predicted results, and expected contribution of the study to the relevant field. Email applications as a single PDF document to cseewagen@greathollow.org with “GRANT APPLICATION_[Last Name]” in the subject line.
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