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  1. https://hera.odurf.odu.edu/careers//Careers.aspx?req=21-041&type=JOBDESCR
  2. Summary The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position in behavioral ecology beginning in Fall 2021. The successful applicant will work with PI E.L. Walters to combine newly developed tracking technology with long-term demographic data and experimental studies to understand movement patterns, social networks, and motivations for why helper acorn woodpeckers provision young that are not their own; thereby providing new insights into the ecological drivers of cooperative behavior in complex societies. The applicant must have a PhD or equivalent in behavioral ecology, population ecology, or related field and should have relevant field experience. The applicant will be based at the Hastings Reserve (Carmel Valley, California). Applicants should attach a CV, list of publications, statement of research interests and career goals, and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The position is for 10 months, depending on scholarly progress and the availability of funding. Job Responsibilities: Coordinate research activities, including (but not limited to): tree climbing; capturing birds to color band, sample blood, and attach nanotags; establishing and maintaining a grid of nanotag base stations; and extensive hiking Contribute intellectually to the project’s further development and success; assist in developing questions, analyzing data, and writing up results to better fulfill the goal of understanding the proximate and ultimate factors affecting helping behavior in acorn woodpeckers Oversee training, and mentoring of field interns integral to the project Conduct public outreach that includes managing film crews, providing interpretive programming to visitors of Hastings (including K-12 classes, undergraduate classes, biologists attending training workshops, extension classes, and members of the public) Other duties as assigned Minimum Qualifications: Education and/or training: PhD in Behavioral Ecology, Population Ecology, or related field Level and type of experience: Demonstrated ability to conduct a field-based project focusing on behavioral ecology and / or movement ecology, or related subject (3 years experience) Ability to capture and band birds, substantial quantitative skills to analyze short- and long-term data, and a track record of productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications AA/EOE/M/F/Disability/VETS/Drug Free - Specify position #21-041. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Equity Statement: It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. https://hera.odurf.odu.edu/careers//Careers.aspx?req=21-041&type=JOBDESCR
  3. POSITION DESCRIPTION: Two field interns are needed for ongoing long-term studies of the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding Acorn Woodpecker at the Hastings Reserve in upper Carmel Valley, California. We have studied the behavioral ecology of color-banded Acorn Woodpeckers for over 53 years at this site, making this one of the longest running vertebrate studies in the world. The research focuses on both ecological and evolutionary factors involved in the evolution of cooperative breeding, and includes using automated radio-telemetry techniques to track cryptic movement patterns. Interns will participate in monitoring group composition via color-band resighting, quantifying feeding and acorn storing behavior, downloading and troubleshooting automated telemetry stations, documenting roosting behavior, and assisting with banding. The experience is designed to be one of total immersion, six days per week, and provides a unique opportunity for those interested in applying to graduate school. COMPENSATION: $700/month and on-site shared housing. DURATION: Field interns will begin August 2021 and continue through March 2022. QUALIFICATIONS: This job requires frequent strenuous physical activity; applicants must be avid hikers who are comfortable hiking up and down hills with equipment such as spotting scopes and blinds. Prior experience with birds (especially the ability to read color bands) is desirable but not required. Some portions of field work require the ability to drive an off-road vehicle or truck. Therefore, having a valid US Driver’s License is required. Self-motivation, enthusiasm for the research questions, a willingness to sit in a blind looking through a spotting scope for up to 3 hours per session (in hot weather with lots of annoying face flies), and an ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. We especially encourage applicants interested in behavioral ecology who plan to attend graduate school in the near future and are interested in potentially conducting an independent study during their tenure at Hastings. The reserve is remote (about an hour from the nearest town), and therefore a good attitude towards shared field housing situations is necessary, and having a vehicle is highly desirable. HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit a single document (either PDF or Word document) containing a cover letter, resumé / CV, and the names/affiliations of three (3) academic / professional references to Dr. Eric L. Walters (ACWOintern@ericlwalters.org). More information on the project can be found at the Walters Lab website: www.ericlwalters.org INCLUSIVITY: We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment and promoting diversity in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology. People of all races, religions, gender identities/expressions, and sexual orientations will be welcomed and valued. LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: We believe it is important to acknowledge that the study takes place on the traditional, ancestral land of the Esselen peoples past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. PLEASE NOTE: Field intern positions are only available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. No exceptions can be made.
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