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  1. Job Description: We are seeking 2 to 3 field technicians to work on a Master’s project investigating the behavior, habitat use, and prey availability of whip-poor-wills in Illinois. Technicians will be tasked with assisting in capturing, banding, and radio tagging whip-poor-wills, VHF tracking of birds, nest searching, nocturnal aural surveys, insect collection and identification, and vegetation surveys. Housing in central Illinois and field vehicles will be provided. Work will begin April 27th (some flexibility) and extend into July. Rate of pay is $9.50 to $12.50 per hour DOE. Qualifications: Completed or pursuing a degree in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology or a related field. Experience with avian field work. Willingness to work primarily at night (sometimes alone) and spend significant time driving between field sites. Applicants should be detail-oriented in collecting data, hardworking, have good interpersonal skills and be resilient to the challenges of field work. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Additionally, previous experience with affixing radio tags to small birds, radio telemetry, and insect identification is desired. Please send an application (cover letter, cv/resume, and contact information of three references) via email in a single PDF file to Ian Souza-Cole (ians3@illinois.edu).
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