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Seasonal Avian Field Technicians in North Central Arizona
Job Type: full-time temporary position
Posting Date: 10 Jan 14
Closing Date: 30 Mar 14
FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS are needed for Dr. Tom Martin's long-term research project which examines the evolution of life-history traits as well as the influence of predation rates, habitat structure, and microclimate on breeding behaviors in birds. We are hiring for several positions: nest searchers (6), target mist netters (4, 2 of which will be team leaders), banding supervisor (oversees all banding efforts) (1). Applicants should have a strong work ethic as well as enthusiasm and appreciation for scientific research. Nest searchers will have the opportunity to gain exposure to many of the techniques used in avian field research such as nest-searching, radio telemetry, territory mapping, re-sighting, vegetation sampling, nestling and egg measurements, and video-taping nests. One season of banding experience is required for all banding positions. Those applying for the banding supervisor position should be experienced in mist netting, target netting, color banding, taking blood samples, and have supervisory experience. This season's netters will focus solely on capturing birds for a doubly-labeled water experiment requiring dedication and being comfortable injecting birds with doubly-labeled water as well as placing radio trackers on individuals. Netters do not need to have prior experience as we will provide intensive training for both doubly-labeled water experiments and radio telemetry. However, netters need to a very driven and willing to use play back to capture desired individuals. For position details, please see our website (URL: http://www.umt.edu/mcwru/personnel/martin/AZResearchProject.aspx). The study site is located in North Central Arizona in the Coconino National Forest at 8,000 ft. elevation in montane forest. The field camp is remote and requires tent living (you must provide your own tent). Pay is $1264 to $1500/month DOE for field assistants, and $1600 for the supervisory positions. The project runs from 1 May 2014 and will end no later than 25 Jul 2014 (May 1st start is flexible for netters). Review of applications is occurring now, and will continue until positions are filled (no later than 30 Feb 2014).
Please submit 1) a cover letter stating your interest in the project as well as your desired position and relevant experience 2) a resume 3) the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to: (EM: arizona.bird.crew AT gmail.com). I prefer email submissions, but if you must surface mail application materials you may send them to: Arizona Hiring C/O JULIA BRANDAUER, Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, 205 Natural Science, Missoula, MT 59812 (PH: 406-243-6007). This project is a great way to learn new skills and hone the ones you already have!
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