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RESEARCH BIOLOGIST at Klamath Bird
http://www.KlamathBird.org Location: Ashland, OR. Duration: open.
Type: Permanent. Application Deadline: 24 Aug 2012. Job Description:
This Program Manager position will contribute to Klamath Bird Observatory’s
mission to advance bird and habitat conservation through science,
education, and partnerships; specifically contributing to avian long-term
monitoring and applied ecology programs. Involvement in effectiveness
monitoring and adaptive management of the Trinity River Restoration
Program will be a primary component of this position. Job duties include
grant writing, data management, data analysis, report and manuscript
writing, community and scientific presentations, partnership building,
study design and project management, supervising staff and interns,
and field work as needed. Salary range is $34,500 to 36,500 (plus
15% cash benefits package after introductory period).
Qualifications: The Program Manager must have a combination of education
and experience equivalent to a Masters’s degree in the Natural
Sciences and a minimum of two years of project management. The Program
Manager should have experience with avian monitoring techniques, data
management, and willingness to work as a team member for a growing
non-profit organization. Qualifications include supervisory experience,
excellent written and oral communication skills, data analysis, report
and manuscript writing, grant writing, and public speaking. This position
requires good physical condition and the ability to work in the field
hiking over rough terrain. Ability to work remotely for several days
at a time during the breeding season (April – July) will be
necessary, as well as occasional travel throughout the year. To Apply:
Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references,
to JAIME STEPHENS (EM: jlh AT klamathbird.org)
MS OR PHD GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS at Alabama A&M
Huntsville, Alabama. Duration: Depends. Job Type: Student. Number
Openings: 1-3. Application Deadline: 15 Aug /2012. Job Description:
We are seeking graduate candidates to study avian and herpetofaunal
ecology. Potential projects include (1) migratory songbird stopover
ecology, (2) avian breeding ecology, and (3) herpetofaunal ecology,
(2) and (3) are in response to forest management practices (such as
prescribed fire and logging). All project location will be in northern
Alabama. These research projects are parts of a long-term research
jointly implemented by Alabama A&M University and USDA Forest
Service, examining forest ecosystem functions and responses including
biological communities, biogeochemistry, landscape ecology, and human
interactions under anthropogenic disturbances Qualifications: The
project is field intensive; applicants should be physically fit, able
to endure working in variable weather conditions with exposure to
biting insects, etc; a valid driver license with good records is required.
The graduate students need be able to work independent, supervise
interns, and interact with other term members and agencies and landowners.
Field experiences in related fields such as bird mist netting and
banding, bird survey, herpetofaunal capture and handling, and radio-tracking
are strongly preferred. To Apply: A $20,000-22,000/year stipend will
be provided depending on experience and the level of graduate study.
Field equipment and a field vehicle will be provided. Candidates can
start immediately as interns and register as graduate students in
For additional information, please call DR. YOND WANG (PH: 256-372-4229,
EM: yong.wang AT aamu.edu) at the Department of Biology and Environmental
Sciences, Alabama A&M University. To apply, please send a cover
letter, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and two reference letters
to DR. YONG WANG (EM: yong.wang AT aamu.edu).
BIRD BANDER at University of Utah. Website: http://www.sekercioglu.org
Location: Rio Mesa Field Station, Moab, UT. Duration: 3 months. Job
Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 15 Aug 2012. Job Description:
University of Utah Bird Monitoring Project. University of Utah biology
professor Cagan Sekercioglu is conducting a bird monitoring project
at the University of Utah Rio Mesa field station. URL:
http://www.riomesa.utah.edu/) This is an opportunity to band birds
in a spectacular landscape that are off-limits to the public. Last
fall, we recorded over 100 species, including the first Pacific-slope
Flycatcher for Utah. A bander-in-charge is required to operate a passerine
migration monitoring station between August 15 – November 1,
Additional volunteer banders may be accommodated. Qualifications:
A qualified candidate is expected to have substantial experience in
ageing, sexing, banding, and mist-netting western North American passerines.
Supervision and training of volunteers, data quality control and data
entry are among duties required of the bander. The station will be
open every day weather permitting. Compensation: $500/month plus room
and board for an experienced bird bander with an active BBL banding
license. Volunteers with relevant bird banding experience may also
apply. To Apply: Email (EM: c.s AT utah.edu).
INTRODUCTORY RAPTOR FIELD TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP–Boise
State University and the Idaho Bird Observatory are offering an introductory
raptor field techniques workshop in Boise, Idaho, on the weekend of
September 21-23, 2012. This weekend should encompass the peak timing
in raptor migration and will also offer the highest diversity in raptor
species and age class compositions. Field sessions will be held at
Lucky Peak in the Boise foothills, which supports one of the largest
known raptor migrations in the western U.S. during autumn. Species
we will likely observe include Sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s
Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, American
Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier and other possibilities (Merlin,
Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, etc.). The workshop is well suited
for anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification,
trapping, and banding, including students, birders, naturalists, biological
consultants, and agency personnel. The workshop will concentrate on
raptor field identification, raptor trapping and raptor banding techniques.
Classroom powerpoint sessions will include lessons on raptor field
identification including long-range ID tips. We will demonstrate various
raptor trapping techniques (mist nets, bow nets, Dho-Ghazas), how
to use species behavior for trapping strategies, and demonstrate the
entire banding process. Participants will be involved, but should
not expect to become certified banders by the end of the workshop.
Transportation will be provided to and from the Lucky Peak field site
each day from Boise. Meals and lodging are the responsibility of those
participating, though we are happy to provide recommendations. FREE
camping with the full-time field crew at Lucky Peak is available.
This would allow for observation of our nocturnal Northern Saw-whet
and Flammulated Owls banding program for those interested. Enrollment
is LIMITED to 10 people. Register soon, as last years workshop filled
up quickly! The cost of the workshop is $325. A large portion of this
will be a donation to the Idaho Bird Observatory, a non-profit 501
c(3), for which you will receive an official receipt for income tax
purposes. See our website: http://www.idahobirdobservatory.org For
a PDF with more information and a tentative schedule, or for questions,
or to register for the workshop, contact JESSICA POLLOCK (EM: jessicapollock
AT boisestate.edu PH: 208-426-2225).
POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: Long Point Waterfowl
seeks a Post-doctoral Research Associate to join their growing team
of researchers. The primary purpose of Long Point Waterfowl is to
study the ecology and requirements of waterfowl that stage, winter
and breed on the lower Great Lakes. Long Point Waterfowl also monitors
trends in the distribution and abundance of waterfowl, performs research
on waterfowl habitats, and generates information useful for management
purposes. Long Point Waterfowl is located in Port Rowan, Ontario on
the shores of Lake Erie and provides substantial opportunities for
Nearby urban centers include Simcoe (pop. = 15,000) and London (366,000).
The Research Associate would be responsible for development and delivery
of innovative radio-telemetry projects (American Black Ducks, Mallards,
and Wood Ducks) at Long Point and Lake St. Clair, Ontario, Canada.
In addition, the selected individual will be expected to develop publications
(e.g., manuscripts, technical reports, and popular articles), write
funding grants, assist graduate students in the field and office,
and participate in undergraduate and graduate level education as needed.
A PhD in Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a closely
related field and experience in natural resource and applied research
is required. Knowledge of North American wetland and waterfowl ecology
and management is preferred. This is a 6-month term position; extension
of the position is dependent upon the individual applying for and
obtaining an NSERC Industrial Post-graduate Scholarship during the
initial term of the contract. The position is expected to begin approximately
1 January 2013. The Research Associate will report to the Long Point
Waterfowl Scientist and the Executive Director. We are offering a
competitive salary as well as housing at the Long Point Waterfowl
Research and Education Centre. Please send your application including
a cover letter, CV with three references, and a copy of your transcripts
to DR. MICHAEL SCHUMMER, (EM: mschummer AT longpointwaterfowl.org).
We also seek nominations/recommendations of individuals from professionals
with University, Industrial, Government, and Non-profit organizations.
The position is open until filled. For more information call 585-319-6763,
FALL PASSERINE BANDING INTERN position available (1)
Start approximately August 22, 2012. Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory
(KVBO) in Michigan's Lower Peninsula is part of the Kalamazoo Nature
Center (KNC). Each fall since 1974 we have banded approximately 10,000
songbirds. We have five banders, two net runners plus a dedicated
group of volunteers. The banding intern will live in staff housing
and receive a stipend of $50 per week. duties will primarily be extraction
from mist nets and record keeping. This is an opportunity to learn
a great deal about fall plumage of most of the warblers found in North
America. Send resume to RICH KEITH (EM: warblerrke AT gmail.com);
position open until filled.
NEEDED SOON - FORAGING OBSERVATIONS BIRDERS AND BANDING
ASSISTANT at Fordham University. Location: New York City region. Duration:
Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 3. Application Deadline: 13
August 2012. Job Description: FORAGING OBSERVATIONS BIRDERS AND BANDING
ASSISTANT NEEDED to help with graduate student research on urban and
suburban stopover sites of migratory birds in New York City. Foraging
observations birders will observe 4 vegetation plots for 1 hour each
from sunrise until 4 hours after sunrise 4-5 mornings per week from
August 13 – October 26. Banding assistant will band/bleed birds
at a banding station nearby on the same mornings that we observe foraging
behavior. Field sites are located in Bronx County and Westchester
County. I CAN OFFER IN RETURN: Lots of field experience in a laid-back
setting. Former field assistants have gone on to graduate school as
well as to more permanent field positions. These positions are great
opportunities to gain experience in the fields of conservation biology,
urban ecology, and field ornithology. I will also provide a $500 honorarium
at the end of the season. Qualifications: REQUIREMENTS FOR FORAGING
OBSERVATIONS BIRDERS: Available for the entire period from August
13 – October 26 (dates slightly flexible), able to provide own
housing and a car, bird identification skills, ideally some plant
identification skills, able to work independently and carefully fill
out a data sheet, field experience, and good attitude. REQUIREMENTS
FOR BANDING ASSISTANT: Available for the entire period from August
13 – October 26 (dates slightly flexible), able to provide own
housing and a car, some bird handling/bleeding/banding experience
(and strong desire to learn/improve these skills while always putting
the safety of the birds first), field experience, and good attitude.
TO APPLY: Please submit resume, cover letter outlining relevant experience,
and contact information for 3 references via e-mail to RACHEL BRICKLIN,
Department of Biological Sciences, Fordham University (EM: bricklin
AT fordham.edu). Please indicate whether you are applying for a foraging
observations birder or banding assistant position.
NEST-SEARCHER at University of Montana; Montana Cooperative
Wildlife Research Unit. Website:
Location: Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia. Duration: Feb 11
- June 17 (~4 Months). Job Type: Seasonal. Job Description: We are
looking for highly qualified field biologists to assist on a long-term
avian life-history research project in Malaysian Borneo. Primary duties
involve nest-searching, video-taping and monitoring nests of passerine
and non-passerine birds in mid-elevation tropical forest. Monitoring
of nests will include checking for predation as well as weighing eggs,
and measuring, weighing and bleeding nestlings. Field days are approximately
8 hours long. Conditions at the field site are often WET, STEEP, SPINY,
HOT and HUMID. The ability to WANT to work in dirty, wet, sometimes
generally unpleasant conditions, ALONE, for several hours per day
is essential. Compensation includes free housing and bi-weekly pay
of $612 every two weeks. Because 1 month has 3 pay periods, this works
out to approximately $1,375 per month. Each field assistant will be
responsible for covering the cost of his/her Research Visa, which
amounts to ~$250.
We hire a cook who provides lunch after fieldwork at a cost of $3.50/day,
for which participation is mandatory (the food is great, and vegetarians
can be accommodated to some degree). Buying food for breakfast and
dinner will be the responsibility of each employee.
Qualifications: All applicants MUST have previous nest-searching experience
and preference will be given to those with experience in the tropics.
To Apply: Please send an email including a cover letter and resume
with 3 relevant reference to: ANDY BOYCE (EM: andyjboyce AT gmail.com).
I am not listing a application deadline. Applications will be accepted
and considered as they are received. Thank you.
FIELD TECHNICIANS (2+2) needed to survey wintering
grassland birds in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and possibly Sonora,
Mexico. This project aims to assess avian response to differing grassland
restoration treatment types. All positions start the third week of
September. Two positions run through February or early March with
a holiday break. The other two positions end in late Nov. with a possibility
to transfer to a related project and continue through February or
early March, provided applicants have the required bird survey experience
and identification skills. *DUTIES: Field season duties will begin
with establishing transects and intensive quantitative veg surveys
and then transition to a separate bird survey component which ends
with data entry. The final week may be spent off-site entering data.
The successful applicant will work as part of a two-person team. *REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have previous experience with quantitative veg surveys,
preferably in the Chihuahuan Desert and for those candidates applying
to continue with the bird survey component, solid grassland sparrow
identification skills are required, particularly with the Spizella
and Ammodramus genera.
Applicants should also have previous bird survey experience including
distance sampling and identification of birds by sight/sound if interested
in bird surveys. The ability to work independently and as part of
a team in remote areas for extended periods of time are required,
as are long days and camping, though partners will occasionally provide
housing. Impeccable organizational skills and an eye for detail are
required as is a patient and respectful disposition for interacting
with the private landowners who have generously allowed us onto their
ranches. We will start the field season with a required training session
in Arizona. A minority of the work involving one pair of technicians
may occur in Sonora, Mexico, therefore at least one technician must
be highly conversant in Spanish. Applicants must have, or obtain in
time, the necessary documents for entering Mexico and re-entering
the US (a passport is recommended but a few other documents are accepted.
See http://www.dhs.gov/files/crossingborders/travelers.shtm for more
information). Technicians staying on for bird surveys will attend
a second training session in Chihuahua, Mexico at a TNC grassland
During surveys in Sonora, Mexico technicians would stay with RMBO
partners. Applicants should familiarize themselves with security concerns
in northern Mexico before deciding to apply for these positions. We
will continue to closely monitor the situation and take precautions
to ensure the safety of technicians. HOUSING: Field crews will predominantly
camp. Hotels and housing with project partners will also be available
occasionally. COMPENSATION starts at $1800/mo depending on qualifications
and experience. TO APPLY: Please respond electronically to GREG LEVANDOSKI
(EM: greg.levandoski AT rmbo.org) with a cover letter stating your
interest and qualifications, your resume, and phone numbers and email
addresses for three references. Please use "Restoration Monitoring
Applicant 2012" as a subject line. Positions will be filled as
soon as suitable applicants are found. Please state if you are interested
in the veg surveys alone, or both the veg and bird surveys and if
you are interested in survey work in Sonora, Mexico.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST - Molecular Population
Genetics/ecology at Louisiana State University. Website:
http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/people/taylor/default.htm Location: Baton Rouge,
LA, with fieldwork in Plaquemines Parish, LA. Duration: 1.5 years
minimum. Job Type: Post-doc. Job Description: We are studying the
response of Seaside Sparrows in southeastern Louisiana to the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill. The project involves using both population biology
metrics and gene expression as potential responses to exposure.
Fieldwork (March-June) involves participating in a field crew to find
and monitor nests, capture birds for tissue samples, estimate bird
density, and quantify home ranges. In the lab, we are investigating
upregulation of cytochrome P4501A (CYP1A) as a measure of response
to contamination. Our work is part of a larger study involving marsh
processes following the spill; we encourage collaboration with our
colleagues studying fish, invertebrates, food webs, and marsh structure.
Responsibilities: The post-doc will coordinate the field and lab work.
Primary lab work may include DNA and RNA extraction, qPCR, and microsatellite
genotyping. Additional duties will include data management, assisting
graduate and undergraduate students, and preparation of reports, proposals,
and publications. Qualifications:
Dissertation or postdoctoral work in molecular population genetics
and/or molecular ecology is required, together with appropriate field
experience. The ideal candidate will comfortably straddle the worlds
of field ornithology and molecular genetics. Experience with boats
would be helpful. To Apply: Please send your CV and cover letter to
Sabrina Taylor (staylor at lsu.edu) or Dr. PHILIP STOUFFER (EM:
pstouffer AT lsu.edu). We anticipate that consideration of applications
will begin in early September. Taylor, Stouffer and collaborator Stefan
Woltmann (EM: Stefan.woltmann AT gmail.com) will be at the NAOC in
Vancouver; we encourage potential candidates to introduce themselves
at the meeting.
MIGRATORY SHORE AND UPLAND GAME BIRD PROGRAM LEADER/PROGRAM
SUPERVISOR VI [please note: listed on TPWD Jobs website as Program
Supervisor VI (Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Program Leader)].
Agency: Wildlife Division, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).
Austin, TX. NOTE: 20% Travel required. Responsibilities: The Migratory
Shore and Upland Game Bird Program Team Leader is responsible for
the oversight and coordination of statewide biological and sociological
surveys, analyzes population trends, human demographics and stakeholder
preferences for conservation of Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird
species. Serves as the primary contact for webless species (Dove,
Sandhill Crane, Woodcock, Rails, Snipe, and Gallinules) in Texas as
well as the Texas representative in the Central Flyway (10 states,
2 Canadian Provinces, 1 Canadian Territory, and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service) and Central Management Unit (14 states). Primary
liaison with the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service on webless regulations. Advisor to the Wildlife
Executive Staff on issues pertaining to webless migratory game birds.
Serves on numerous committees at the national level and oversees all
state level activities. Performs additional duties as assigned.
Complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations,
and procedures. Minimum Qualifications: Education: Graduation from
an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Wildlife
Management or closely related field. Preferred Education: *Graduation
from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree
with emphasis in game bird management. *Experience: Five years experience
in Wildlife Management or Research. Acceptable Substitution: Graduation
from an accredited college or university with a PhD in Wildlife Management
or closely related field may substitute for one year of the required
experience. Preferred Experience: Experience in game bird management
and/or research. Licensure/Certifications: Must possess or be able
to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid Class "C"
Texas driver's license. NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon
obtaining and maintaining license. Working Conditions, Salary, Knowledge,
Skills and Abilities, How to Apply, Additional Requirements and full
details on this position may be found at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/tpwd/default.cfm
and click on “Job # 12-00-602; Location Austin” Closing
Date: 5PM CDT 28 August 2012. State of Texas Application for Employment
+ required forms to apply at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/jobs/
Please note: Skills demonstration may be requested at time of interview.
For complete list of additional requirements, please click on url
listed above under “Working Conditions, Salary… Requirements”
Questions?: Mr. DAVE MORRISON
(EM: dave.morrison AT tpwd.state.tx.us). TPWD is EOE
BIOLOGISTS WITH AVIAN POINT COUNT EXPERIENCE at Bloom
Website: http://bloombiological.com Location: Southern California.
Duration: Open. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 31 Aug 2012.
Job Description: Bloom Biological, Inc is searching for biologists
to work at point count stations at a variety of project sites in southern
California. Qualifications: Experience with: - point counts - identification
of birds in southern California. To Apply: Send resume and cover letter
to (EM: marcuscengland AT bloombiological.com)
RAPTOR MIGRATION WATCHER needed in Yellowstone National
Park. The Yellowstone Raptor Initiative is seeking 1 experienced migration
watcher from September 4-October 31. Start date is somewhat flexible.
Applicants should have demonstrated experience watching raptors on
migration sites; be willing to work long hours in cold, windy weather;
and be comfortable working in a wild land setting (e.g. in proximity
to bears and bison).
The goal of the migration site is to provide long-term information
on populations of raptors migrating through Yellowstone’s Hayden
Valley during autumn. Approximately 1800 birds across 16 species were
observed during migration in 2011. This is an exciting opportunity
to conduct research in the world’s first national park. Salary
is $12/hr. Housing is available for minimal cost. Please send a cover
letter, resume, and 3 references to (EM: Lisa_Baril AT partner.nps.gov).
The position will be filled as applications are received.
SNAIL KITE FIELD CREW LEADER – The Florida Cooperative
Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is based out of the University of
Florida in Gainesville.
We monitor the federally endangered Snail Kite population in Florida
via mark-recapture and radio telemetry methods as well as making behavioral
observations and collecting data related to foraging ecology. We are
seeking a highly experienced and motivated field crew leader to assist
with the long-term study of the Snail Kite. This person will first
work as a paid technician during a probationary period of approximately
3 months during which they will become accustomed to the specific
techniques and logistics required for the position. After this time
they will assume full responsibilities of field crew leader. Field
work for this project is conducted throughout the unique and beautiful
wetlands of the Greater Everglades ecosystem of central and south
Florida. These wetlands range from the Kissimmee chain of lakes in
the north (near
Orlando) to the Everglades in the south (near Miami). The field work
involves the extensive use of airboats, so applicant should be willing
to learn to drive and repair airboats. Applicants must be willing
to work long, flexible hours in a hot, humid environment. (Some days
involve working from sunrise to sunset). Field work does involve regularly
entering chest-deep water. All of the necessary training will be supplied,
including airboat operation and maintenance. Although our work can
be difficult at times, it is very rewarding and contributes directly
to the conservation of this endangered species and maintenance of
the Everglades ecosystem. Duties include trapping and handling of
snail kites, behavioral observations, mark-recapture surveys, nest
searching, data entry, radio-telemetry, snail trapping, vegetation
sampling, and maintenance of field equipment and boats. The applicant
will be responsible for managing the logistics that go into the operation
of 2 two-person crews over the southern half of Florida.
Additionally, the applicant will communicate with local managers and
agencies and will regularly compose a variety of reports concerning
the status of the monitoring project. The applicant will also have
the opportunity to participate in peer-reviewed publications and may
have the opportunity to become a MS or PhD candidate after the two
year commitment is fulfilled. Salary: $1920/month + housing during
probationary period, after which pay will increase to $2560/month.
Housing will be provided at the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area,
a beautiful pine and prairie natural area south of St. Cloud, FL.
Our housing is air-conditioned with a full kitchen, indoor plumbing
and wireless internet. The field crew lead will have a personal room.
The applicant should be comfortable living in a field house with other
coworkers. Dogs and cats are unfortunately NOT permitted in the field
trailers. Qualifications: Master’s degree in Ecology, Biology,
Environmental Science, Wildlife, or a related field and 2 full years
field experience OR Bachelors degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental
Science, Wildlife, or a related field and 3 full years field experience.
Previous experience leading a field crew is strongly desired. Previous
experience handling and banding wild birds is required, and the applicant
must be able to read color bands. Experience with engine repair/maintenance
and boats is a major plus, but not required.
Applicant must have a valid U.S. driver's license. This position starts
between late August and mid September and requires a minimum commitment
of two years. KYLE PIAS or JEAN OLBERT (EM: snailkites AT gmail.com)
25 August 2012. For questions see our website
http://www.coopunits.org/Florida/index.html) or contact KYLE PIAS
or JEAN OLBERT via email (preferred) or by phone (PH: 352-494-7485
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