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Avian Field Technicians
Job Type: full-time temporary position
Location: District of Columbia
Posting Date: 4 Jan 14
Closing Date: 5 Apr 14
Skilled field technicians are needed between April-July for a comprehensive study on the contribution of native and non-native plants to urban food webs. This project works within the Neighborhood Nestwatch program (http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ scbi/MigratoryBirds/Research/Neighborhood_Nestwatch/default.cfm) and combines avian ecology, entomology, and citizen science to investigate food resources for breeding birds in suburban backyards with a focus on Carolina chickadees. Daily duties may include bird banding, point counts, behavioral observations, nest monitoring/searching, insect/vegetation surveys, data entry, outreach, and more.
During the height of breeding season, applicants should expect long hours and a 6 days/ wk schedule. Visits to field sites will require daily commutes in sometimes busy DC traffic conditions. Housing will be provided, and government vehicles will be used for daily travel. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Preferred qualifications: 1) the ability to work independently and keep meticulous organization and notes, 2) accurate color-vision, 3) demonstrated field experience in avian sampling methods, 4) ability to identify eastern birds (by sight and sound) and woody plants, 5) a valid driver’s license, and 6) the personality to positively interact with the public on a spontaneous (but regular) basis. Applicants with extensive experience handling birds (taking blood samples, target netting, color-banding, aging, nestling handling, etc) are especially encouraged to apply.
Contact Information:To apply please send the following in a PDF or word document: 1) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant experience, bird/tree/insect identification ability, dates of availability, and the reason you are interested in this position; 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three references that can attest to your experience and suitability for this position. Please send all documents to DESIREE L. NARANGO (Email: nestwatch.foodwebATgmail.com) and put FOOD WEB FIELD TECHNICIAN APPLICATION as the subject of your email. Positions will be open until filled.
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