The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking to fill one full-time seasonal field biologist position for the Adaptive and Integrative Management (AIM) program. The AIM program is responsible for the proactive management of at risk species and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) research on the Fort Hood Military Installation located in central Texas. Currently, the program’s focus is on pollinator and avian species in grassland habitats. AIM biologists will be conducting: avian point count surveys, Northern Bobwhite whistle counts, vegetation surveys, demonstration garden maintenance, nighttime avian surveys, bee collection stations, Monarch Butterfly tagging, and multiple educational outreach events. The biologist must be able to work both independently and alongside team members. The individual must be physically fit and able to stand/walk for long periods of time in extreme weather conditions. Preference will be given to candidates that have experience identifying birds by sight and sound, possess a knowledge of central Texas flora and fauna, and have previous experience working with ArcGIS software. Pay is $15/hour. To apply for the position, please email a single pdf file that includes a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Chelsea Plimpton at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is February 21, 2020.
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology or a related field. Extensive experience and knowledge of writing grants. Significant experience with conducting field surveys. Excellent observational skills including good vision and hearing. Ability to work independently and interact effectively with project managers, clients, landowners, other technicians and agency personnel if applicable. Applicants must be well organized, provide strict attention to detail, and have great communication skills. Be willing and able to work in potentially difficult field settings including: extreme weather conditions, rough terrain, venomous snakes, and fire ants. A valid driver’s license is required. A background check will be conducted on final candidates.