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February 2

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN DETECTION AND CLASSIFICATION OF AVIAN
VOCALIZATIONS– The Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University’s
Lab of Ornithology is a diverse group of biologists and engineers
focused on studying the natural soundscape and animal vocal signals. We
currently have a post-doctoral position available to develop automated
signal detectors and classifiers of different avian acoustic with a
particular focus on the night flight calls of migrating passerines.
These analysis methods will form the foundation on several concurrent
studies evaluating the potential impacts of energy development and
exploration on different avian communities. This post-doc will work
alongside other developers and biologists investigating the behavior,
occurrence, distribution, migration patterns and impacts from
anthropogenic activities on a wide range of acoustically active species
around the world including songbirds, shorebirds, marine mammals,
fishes, elephants and other fauna. To be considered for this position,
you must have a PhD in engineering or related field, with particular
focus in signal processing for algorithms related to signal detection
and classification; experience writing highly complex computer code in
MATLAB or other high-level languages such as Java or C/C++; demonstrated
ability to conduct original research, from conception and literature
review through analysis and publishing; strong communication skills
including proficiency in written and spoken English; and the ability to
work as part of a multi-disciplinary tema of scientists. Experience with
acoustics and/or ornithology research is preferred. For more information
on the position, please visit the Cornell University jobs page (URL:
https://cornellu.taleo.net/careersection/10161/jobdetail.ftl) and search
for position 14540. For inquiries about position specifics, please
contact DR. HAROLD CHEYNE (PH: 607-254-6280, EM: hac68 AT cornell.edu).
To apply for this position, send a letter of application, complete
resume, list of references and academic transcripts to: SUSAN TAGGART,
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsuckers Woods Road, 283A Johnson
Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850 or by email to (EM:
set2 AT cornell.edu).

AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS at Mississippi State University. Location:
Monroe Co. and Clay Co., Mississippi. Duration: May - July. Job Type:
Seasonal. Number of Openings: 4+. Application Deadline: 9 Mar 2012. Job
Description: Avian field technicians (4) are needed May through July,
2012, to assist two Ph.D. students studying breeding grassland birds in
native warm-season grass pastures and biofuel plots in Clay and Monroe
Co., Mississippi. Responsibilities will consist primarily of searching
and monitoring nests of Dickcissels, Eastern Meadowlarks, and Red-winged
Blackbirds; vegetation surveys; and data entry. Other tasks may include
(depending on skill and experience): mist-netting and banding; point
counts; bird re-sighting and territory-mapping; insect sampling and
identification. This is an excellent opportunity to learn common
grassland bird research methods and participate in cutting-edge
research! Salary: approximately $1400/month, and possible field housing.
Qualifications: Prior field experience, especially with birds, is
preferred but not required. Applicants must have a strong work ethic, be
able to work independently and within groups, accurately collect data,
and be willing to work weekends, holidays, and long/irregular hours.
Applicants must also be prepared for early mornings, extreme heat and
humidity, prolonged hiking through tallgrass prairie, and occasional
biting insects (ticks, mosquitoes, fire ants). To Apply: Please email a
cover letter summarizing previous experience, CV or resume, and contact
information for 2-3 references (including email addresses) to ADRIAN
MONROE (EM: amonroe AT cfr.msstate.edu), and TARA CONKLING (EM:
tconkling AT cfr.msstate.edu). We will review applications until all
positions are filled.

BIRD BANDER/AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIAN -- Starting ASAP at Mississippi State
University. Location: Monroe Co. and Clay Co., Mississippi. Duration:
February through July. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 9 Mar
2012. Job Description: BIRD BANDER/AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIAN (1) is needed
ASAP through July 2012, to assist two Ph.D. students studying grassland
birds in native warm-season grass pastures and biofuel plots in Clay and
Monroe Co., Mississippi. During the non-breeding season (February-April)
primary responsibilities will consist of grassland bird surveys,
vegetation data collection, and insect identification. Beginning in May,
primary responsibilities will consist of target banding adult
Dickcissels using mist-nets and banding nestlings, as well as collecting
blood samples. When not banding, the technician will participate in
other activities with the remainder of the field crew including: nest
searching and monitoring nests of Dickcissels, Eastern Meadowlarks, and
Red-winged blackbirds; vegetation surveys; and data entry. Other tasks
may include: point counts; bird re-sighting and territory-mapping;
insect sampling and identification. Salary: ~$1600/month, plus a housing
stipend (or possible field housing). Qualifications: Applicants should
have extensive experience with mist-netting (including target netting)
and banding (aging, sexing, and morphological measurements) of
passerines and identifying grassland birds by sight and sound. Field
experience collecting blood samples from adult birds and nestlings,
especially with passerines, is preferred but not required. Applicants
must have a strong work ethic, good interpersonal skills, and be willing
to work weekends, holidays, and long/irregular hours. Applicants must
also be prepared for early mornings, extreme heat and humidity,
prolonged hiking through tallgrass prairie, and biting insects (ticks,
mosquitoes, fire ants). To Apply: If interested, please email a cover
letter summarizing previous experience, CV or resume, and contact
information for 3 references (including email addresses) to TARA
CONKLING (EM: tconkling AT cfr.msstate.edu). Please submit your
application as a single PDF or MS word file and include the email
subject heading “Bird Bander/Field Technician.” Applications will be
reviewed until the position is filled.

BIRD BANDING/NEST MONITORING TECHNICIAN at University of Delaware.
Location: Newark, DE. Duration: 18 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal.
Application Deadline: 31 Mar 2012. Job Description: We are seeking a
highly motivated individual that has experience handling and working
with free-living songbirds. Work will include nest searching and
monitoring, capturing, banding, and collecting blood from individuals,
conducting point counts, and detailed field data collection and entry.
Qualifications: Successful applicants must have mist netting and banding
experience, along with demonstrable forest breeding songbird
identification skills of eastern birds (by sight and sound). Applicants
must be able to follow a standardized protocol, and work well
independently and with others. Applicants should be in good physical
condition and enthusiastic about early mornings and a rigorous field
season. Applicants must have an insured and registered vehicle along
with a valid driver’s license. Technicians will be paid a salary of
$480/week plus mileage reimbursement ($0.51/mile), in addition to free
housing. To Apply: Please email a short cover letter, CV or resume, and
current contact information of 3 references to ZACH LADIN, (EM: zach AT
udel.edu, PH: 561-301-3356). Feel free to contact me with any questions.

AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS at The University of Scranton. Website:
http://academic.uofs.edu/faculty/smithr9/default.html Location: Western
Michigan. Duration: 6 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 2
avian banders, 4 avian survey technicians. Application Deadline: 30 Mar
2012. Job Description: FIELD ASSISTANT POSITIONS AVAILABLE to assist
with research examining spring landbird migration through Lake Michigan
coastal habitats in western Michigan. BANDERS (2 @ $300/wk) will manage
mist-netting effort, including species identification and aging, bird
handling/banding, collection of blood samples, data entry and will help
coordinate other activities. Banding experience with and knowledge of
Nearctic-Neotropical landbird migrants necessary. SURVEY TECHNICIANS (4
@$300/wk) duties will include visual and aural bird survey, vegetation
sampling and assisting with arthropod sampling. The field season is
scheduled to run from 1 May through 9 June, but there may be options for
longer employment on another field project in Michigan. Lodging will be
provided and project mileage reimbursed. We are looking for
enthusiastic, reliable individuals willing to work long hours (including
weekends and holidays), maintain a sense of humor and have fun
collecting data on birds and bugs. This work is a collaboration between
Drs. Jeffrey Buler, (Univ of Delaware,
http://ag.udel.edu/enwc/faculty/Buler.htm), Jennifer Owen (Michigan
State Univ, http://www.fw.msu.edu/~owenj/) and Robert Smith (Univ of
Scranton, http://academic.scranton.edu/faculty/smithr9/).
Qualifications: AVIAN BANDERS: Banding experience with and knowledge of
Nearctic-Neotropical landbird migrants necessary. AVIAN SURVEY
TECHNICIANS: The ideal candidate with be experienced in visual and aural
identification of landbirds. To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and
references to Dr. ROBERT SMITH (EM smithr9 AT scranton.edu), Department
of Biology, The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510.

BIRD RADIO TELEMETRY TECHNICIANS (2) at University of Delaware.
Location: Newark, DE Duration: 16 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of
Openings: 2. Application Deadline: 20 Apr 2012. Job Description: We are
seeking two highly motivated individuals that have experience tracking
songbirds using radio telemetry. Work will include tracking individuals,
conducting point counts, and detailed field data collection and entry.
Qualifications: Successful applicants must have demonstrable forest
breeding songbird identification skills (by sight and sound), along with
experience using radio telemetry to track birds. Applicants must be able
to follow a standardized protocol, and work well independently and with
others. Applicants should be in good physical condition and enthusiastic
about early mornings and a rigorous field season. Applicants must have
an insured and registered vehicle along with a valid driver’s license.
Technicians will be paid a salary of $400/week plus mileage
reimbursement ($0.51/mile), in addition to free housing. To Apply:
Please email a short cover letter, CV or resume, and current contact
information of 3 references to ZACH LADIN (EM: zach AT udel.edu, PH:
561-301-3356). Feel free to contact me with any questions.

BIRD MONITORING TECHNICIANS (2) at University of Delaware. Location:
National Capital Region Network of National Parks, MD, VA, WV, and D.C.
Duration: 11 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 2.
Application Deadline: 15 Apr 2012. Job Description: Two highly motivated
research technicians are needed from early May to late July to help
implement the forest breeding bird monitoring protocol in the National
Capital Region Network of National Parks. Work will include conducting
bird point counts, and detailed field data collection and entry.
Qualifications: Successful applicants must have demonstrable forest
breeding songbird identification skills (by sight and sound) of eastern
birds, GPS and orienteering skills, ability to follow standardized
protocol, and the ability to work well, both independently and with
others. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Applicants should
be in good physical condition, be enthusiastic about early mornings and
a rigorous field season, and have camping gear. Applicants with previous
bird point count experience are preferred. Technicians will be paid a
salary of $400/week plus free housing. Applicants with previous bird
point count experience are preferred. To Apply: Please email a short
cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to ZACH
LADIN (EM: zach AT udel.edu, PH: 561-301-3356). Feel free to contact me
with any questions.

BIRD MONITORING CREW LEADER at University of Delaware. Location:
National Capital Region Network of National Parks, MD, VA, WV, and D.C.
Duration: 12 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 15 Apr
2012. Job Description: One highly motivated crew leader is needed from 1
May to 31 July to oversee the implementation of the forest breeding bird
monitoring protocol in the National Capital Region Network of National
Parks. Work will include conducting bird point counts, and detailed
field data collection and entry. Qualifications: Successful applicants
must have demonstrable forest breeding songbird identification skills of
eastern birds (by sight and sound), GPS and orienteering skills, ability
to follow standardized protocol, and the ability to work well, both
independently and with others. Applicants must have a valid driver’s
license. Applicants should be in good physical condition, be
enthusiastic about early mornings and a rigorous field season, and have
camping gear. The crew leader will be paid a salary of $480/week plus
free housing. Applicants must have prior bird point count experience and
be capable of leading a field crew. To Apply: Please email a short cover
letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to ZACH LADIN
(EM: zach AT udel.edu, PH: 561-301-3356). Feel free to contact me with
any questions.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at Los Angeles Audubon Society. Website:
http://losangelesaudubon.org/ Location: Los Angeles, CA. Job
Description: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Position for Los Angeles Audubon Society
Los Angeles Audubon is accepting applications beginning February 1, 2012
for the position of Executive Director. The mission of Los Angeles
Audubon is to promote the enjoyment and protection of birds and other
wildlife through recreation, education, conservation and restoration.
The Executive Director will have the following duties and
responsibilities: • Fund raising through grant applications, donor
solicitations, membership drives, and fund drives; • Serve the Board of
Directors by implementing the business, policies, and goals of the
organization including contract negotiations, employee management, and
other administrative and supervisory responsibilities; • Further the
conservation and education goals of the organization by supporting staff
that develop and manage these programs in the Los Angeles area; •
Interact with the Audubon network of chapters, state office, and
national office. • Develop and direct a communications strategy to
members and the public. The ideal candidate will have strong grant
writing and fund raising skills. Los Angeles Audubon Society has
developed and currently manages several excellent volunteer conservation
programs for Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover at Los Angeles beaches.
The education programs ranges from high school through elementary school
and currently serves over 2500 students each year within the urban core
of Los Angeles. The conservation and education programs currently are
supported by grants and interested donors. The Executive Director
reports to the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Audubon Society, Inc.
Compensation as a full-time employee will be commensurate with
experience. Los Angeles Audubon is a California non-profit corporation
with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and a certified chapter of National
Audubon Society. The mission of Los Angeles Audubon is to enjoy and
protect birds and other wildlife through recreation, education,
conservation and restoration. Los Angeles Audubon is an equal employment
opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job
applicants on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, sexual
orientation, national origin, mental or physical disability, veteran or
family status, or any other status or condition protected by applicable
federal, state, or local laws, except where a bona fide occupational
qualification applies. All offers of employment with the Society are
contingent upon verification of the employee’s right to work in the
United States of America. To Apply: Submit electronic letter of interest
and resume to Los Angeles Audubon at: EM: mgriswold AT newfields.com).
Please put LAAS Application as the subject line.

FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS at University of California, Davis. Location:
Nevada mountains & eastern Sierra Nevada Duration: Approx. 6 weeks (24
May through 6 July). Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 6.
Application Deadline: 29 Feb 2012. Job Description: Continuation of
long-term studies of bird responses to fire and fuels management and
riparian bird community dynamics in the mountains of central Nevada and
the east slope of the Sierra Nevada in California and nearby ranges in
Nevada. Primary responsibilities include daily morning surveys (avian
point counts), vegetation sampling at survey locations, and periodic
sage-grouse counts on established transects. Excellent opportunity to
explore the little-known, spectacular mountain ranges of the Great Basin
(e.g., Wassuk, Sweetwater, Shoshone, Toiyabe, Toquima, and Monitor) and
to interact with multidisciplinary teams of scientists and land
managers. Few days off, but some afternoons free. Research assistants
will work independently and in small teams. Field vehicle provided, or
use your own 4WD vehicle and receive additional generous compensation
for mileage. Camping at field sites will be the norm, with occasional
access to small-town motels or Forest Service housing with hot shower
and basic kitchen facilities. Salary approximately $3000, but negotiable
and dependent on experience. Qualifications: Applicants MUST have
demonstrable experience and proficiency in identification of western
birds by sight and sound; bachelor's or advanced degree in ecology or
related field preferred. Applicants must be in good physical condition,
able to work independently in rugged and remote locations, and willing
to work long hours as necessary. Applicants also must have good
organizational skills, including ability to collect and maintain
accurate hard-copy data records; a valid driver's license with a good
driving record and off-road 4WD experience; patience and a sense of
humor. Salary approximately $3000, but negotiable and dependent on
experience. To Apply: Send cover letter and resume or CV (with names,
telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references) to both
ERICA FLEISHMAN (EM: efleishman AT ucdavis.edu), University of
California, Davis, CA and DAVID DOBKIN (EM: dobkin AT hderi.org), High
Desert Ecological Research Institute, Bend, OR.

NEST MONITORING/BANDING/TELEMETRY TECHNICIAN at Audubon Society of New
Hampshire. Website: http://www.nhaudubon.org Location: Northern New
Hampshire. Duration: 17 weeks. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline:
15 Mar 2012. Job Description: We are seeking a highly motivated
individual for a Rusty Blackbird study, 7 May through 31 August. Job
requires nest searching and monitoring, capture and banding, and daily
location of telemetered birds in rough and densely forested terrain;
documenting detailed observations; off-trail hiking and navigation with
map, compass, and GPS; working alone under variable field conditions;
commitment to daily data entry; ability to live harmoniously in group
housing; respect for private property and forest management activities;
willingness to perform basic maintenance at provided housing.
Qualifications: The successful applicant will be passionate about avian
field research; have experience nest searching and monitoring, target
netting, handling, banding, and radio-tracking songbirds (blood sampling
a plus); off-trail navigation, and working alone in remote locations; be
able to follow a standardized protocol, document detailed observations,
and work well collaboratively and independently. Applicants should be in
good physical condition, enthusiastic about rigorous fieldwork, able to
carry bulky equipment over wet and uneven terrain, tolerant of dense
swarms of blood-sucking insects, and comfortable driving four-wheel
drive vehicle and ATV. Applicants must have an insured and registered
vehicle (4x4 preferred), valid driver’s license, and clean driving
record. Salary of $500/week, mileage reimbursed at $0.555/mile, rustic
housing provided. To Apply: Please email a short cover letter, CV or
resume, and current contact information (phone and e-mail) for 3
references to both CAROL FOSS (EM: cfoss AT nhaudubon.org) and PATTI
NEWELL (EM: pattijean.newell AT gmail.com). Please put RUBL position in
subject line.

NORTHERN SPOTTED OWL MONITORING INTERN at PRBO Conservation Science.
Website: http://www.prbo.org Location: Dogtown, CA. Duration: 3.25
months. Job Type: Intern. Application Deadline: 16 Feb 2012. Job
Description: Intern needed to assist in the Northern Spotted Owl
monitoring project at PRBO Conservation Science on the California coast,
in Marin County. Since 1997 we have been studying the densest breeding
population of Northern Spotted Owls. Fieldwork includes locating owls at
historic sites to determine pair status and nesting status, and nest
monitoring to determine reproductive success. Additionally, the intern
will participate in inventory surveys at new locations and will also be
responsible for data entry. The intern will become proficient in field
protocols for monitoring Spotted Owls, orienteering, and owl
identification. The intern is needed from March 26 to June 30. Local
housing is provided. This is a voluntary training position that includes
a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($1200 per
month, gross). Qualifications: A strong interest in birds and
conservation, self-motivation, a sense of humor, and the desire to spend
long hours in the field and office are required. Field schedule is
variable. Applicants must be willing to work and hike at night, although
much of the field work is done during daylight hours. Applicants should
be physically fit and able to hike long distances through steep and
uneven terrain with some poison oak. Participants must be able to work
independently as well as with a partner. A functioning pair of
binoculars and sturdy hiking boots are necessities. Applicants will need
a driver's license, personal vehicle, and current proof of insurance.
Any use of personal vehicles for work will be reimbursed. To Apply:
Submit applications as soon as possible via email/mail including a
letter of interest describing previous experience with field research, a
resume, and contact information for three references (Please note if
applying to other positions within PRBO) to RENEE CORMIER, PRBO, P.O.
Box 1157, Bolinas, CA 94924 (PH: 415-868-0655 ext. 316; EM: rcormier AT
prbo.org).

RAPTOR MIGRATION STUDY INTERN at Golden Gate Raptor Observatory.
Website: http://www.ggro.org Location: Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA.
Duration: approx. 6 months. Number of Openings: 4. Job Description:
RAPTOR MIGRATION STUDY INTERNS (4) needed for summer and fall 2012 (July
9, 2012 through December 31, 2012, ending date flexible) to help
coordinate volunteer raptor migration studies at the Golden Gate Raptor
Observatory, near San Francisco, CA. Four intern positions are available
for the 2012 season for enthusiastic recent graduates or seniors in
biological science or related field. Office duties include data entry,
response to public inquiries, and interaction with volunteers. Some
teaching is required. Housing is provided within walking distance of the
office in a dormitory setting (single rooms, shared bath, lounge, and
kitchen). A vehicle is strongly recommended for access to shopping and
off-duty activities. A stipend of $125.00 per week is included. For
further information, visit www.ggro.org or call the office.
Qualifications: Experience in banding, handling, identifying, and
radio-tracking raptors is preferred but not required. Excellent
interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Computer skills
are helpful. Creative energy for dealing with fog is a plus. Field
duties include: identifying and counting raptors; trapping and banding
raptors; tending captive lure bird colony; and tracking radio-tagged
hawks. Field days are long and can be strenuous; applicants should be in
good physical condition. To Apply: Send cover letter and resume (with
phone numbers of three references and your current address and phone
number) to Research Director BUZZ HULL. Applications will be reviewed as
they are received. (PH: 415-331-0730 EM: bhull AT parksconservancy.org).

CERULEAN WARBLER SURVEY Job Description: BIRD WATCHERS NEEDED to help
survey for the presence of Cerulean Warblers on military and Army Corps
of Engineers lands. There are over 40 sites located in Connecticut,
Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. Surveys will be
done in one day for no longer than 8 hours from mid-May to the end of
June. There is a Stipend of $200.00 per site plus mileage.
Qualifications: Knowledge of Eastern bird songs and especially Cerulean
Warbler is a must. To apply: Please send a resume with a current address
to JOHN BRENNEMAN (EM: Jbrenneman AT naturecenter.org). \.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (GG-05) – We are seeking a
highly-motivated ornithologist ($15.00/hour plus $18 field per diem) to
perform avian point counts in isolated and scenic areas of Utah, Nevada,
Oregon, Idaho and northeastern California. This work is part of the
SAGESTEP project, a large-scale experimental study investigating the
response of avian communities to woodland invasions in sagebrush
ecosystems. Sampling protocol consists of variable distance point counts
and data entry. We will be collecting data on the entire suite of
species with focal species including gray flycatcher, dusky flycatcher,
sage thrasher, sage sparrow, vesper sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow,
black-throated sparrow, and green-tailed towhee. Applicants should know
or be able to quickly learn western bird species by sight and sound.
Last season we detected over 150 species. Vegetation sampling will
follow bird survey efforts at a subset of surveyed point count
locations. Preference will be given to energetic, detail-oriented
candidates with experience in songbird point-count surveys. Experience
creating and manipulating Microsoft Excel documents and using GIS/GPS
for navigation purposes is highly desirable. This is a physically
demanding job, involving hiking and camping in rugged terrain for 8 to
10 days and extended hours in the field during some periods of this
research. Remote field conditions include exposure to wind, dust, heat,
cold, and intense sun at elevations exceeding 5,000 feet. These GG-05
positions are full-time, temporary employment, stationed in Elko, NV.
The position start date is April 23rd and will extend to August 9th,
with possible extension based on crew availability and site phenology.
To qualify for this position, applicants need 3 months of field
experience or 3 years of college with courses related to the work of the
position to be filled, plus at least 3 months of field work experience
surveying songbirds. For inquiries related to the positions, please
contact STEVE HANSER (PH: 208 426-2892, EM: shanser AT usgs.gov). To
apply, please send: 1) cover letter indicating field season availability
and this announcement number: SRFS-12-007, 2) resume including
professional experience (** PLEASE ** indicate starting and ending dates
with hours per week worked for each position), 3) three references, and
4) copies of academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are
acceptable). Applications can be sent via mail or email to MICHELLE
SCHATZ (EM: michelle_schatz AT usgs.gov), USGS-Biological Resources
Division, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 777 NW 9th St.,
Suite 400, Corvallis, OR 97330). Applications must be received by 9 Feb
2012.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (GG-06) – We are seeking a
highly-motivated ornithologist ($16.73/hour plus $18 field per diem) to
perform avian point counts in isolated and scenic areas of Utah, Nevada,
Oregon, Idaho and northeastern California. This work is part of the
SAGESTEP project, a large-scale experimental study investigating the
response of avian communities to woodland invasions in sagebrush
ecosystems. Sampling protocol consists of variable distance point counts
and data entry. We will be collecting data on the entire suite of
species with focal species including gray flycatcher, dusky flycatcher,
sage thrasher, sage sparrow, vesper sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow,
black-throated sparrow, and green-tailed towhee. Applicants should know
or be able to quickly learn western bird species by sight and sound.
Last season we detected over 150 species. Vegetation sampling will
follow bird survey efforts at a subset of surveyed point count
locations. Preference will be given to energetic, detail-oriented
candidates with experience in songbird point-count surveys. Experience
creating and manipulating Microsoft Excel documents and using GIS/GPS
for navigation purposes is highly desirable. This is a physically
demanding job, involving hiking and camping in rugged terrain for 8 to
10 days and extended hours in the field during some periods of this
research. Remote field conditions include exposure to wind, dust, heat,
cold, and intense sun at elevations exceeding 5,000 feet. These GG-06
positions are full-time, temporary employment, stationed in Elko, NV.
The position start date is April 23rd and will extend to August 9th,
with possible extension based on crew availability and site phenology.
To qualify for this position, applicants need 1 year and 9 months of
field experience or 4 years of college with courses related to the work
of the position to be filled, plus at least 3 months of field work
experience surveying songbirds. For inquiries related to the positions,
please contact STEVE HANSER (PH: 208 426-2892, EM: shanser AT usgs.gov).
To apply, please send: 1) cover letter indicating field season
availability and this announcement number: SRFS-12-008, 2) resume
including professional experience (** PLEASE ** indicate starting and
ending dates with hours per week worked for each position), 3) three
references, and 4) copies of academic transcripts (unofficial
transcripts are acceptable). Applications can be sent via mail or email
to MICHELLE SCHATZ (EM: michelle_schatz AT usgs.gov; USGS-Biological
Resources Division, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, 777 NW
9th St., Suite 400, Corvallis, OR 97330). Applications must be received
by 9 Feb 2012.

BRIDGING THE AMERICAS/UNIDOS POR LAS AVES PROGRAM INTERN – Paid
internships at Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in Washington, DC.
Description: Assist with a cross-cultural, conservation education
program called Bridging the Americas/Unidos por las Aves which partners
elementary and middle school classes in the United States (primarily in
the Washington, DC area) with classes in Latin America (Mexico, Costa
Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Colombia). Students in the partnered
classes learn about the migratory birds that connect their communities,
the need to protect the far-flung habitats these birds depend on, and
about each other’s country and culture. Participating teachers are
provided with the tools and support needed to use long-distance
migratory birds as an engaging theme for cross-curricular teaching.
Primary duties and responsibilities: Interns will have the opportunity
to be involved in many aspects of the management and implementation of
this program, including but not limited to: crafting, evaluating,
translating and/or adapting educational materials, outreach
presentations, and web-based tools for teachers and students in the US
and Latin America; facilitating communications between partnered classes
in the US and Latin America; planning workshops and other professional
development opportunities for teachers; delivering presentations to
participating classes; entering and analyzing pre and post survey data
to evaluate what students are learning as a result of participating;
organizing outreach and fundraising events. Specific projects will be
designed to match the intern’s strengths, interests and goals.
Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with excellent
written and oral communication skills in both Spanish and English;
knowledge of birds and relevant conservation issues; familiarity with
Latin American cultures; and at least three years of undergraduate
coursework. Experience in formal or informal education is a big plus.
Latino candidates are encouraged to apply. Term of appointment and pay:
Three to six months commitment with the potential for an extension;
20-32 hours per week; first internship term begins March 2012. Pay is
$12.50 per hour. When to apply: Ongoing. Interested applicants are urged
to apply as soon as possible. To apply: Send the following to MARY
DEINLEIN at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (EM: deinleinm AT
si.edu): 1) Cover letter; 2) resume; 3) transcripts from your current
and/or previous institutions (unofficial transcripts are acceptable); 4)
writing samples- one in English, one in Spanish; 5) contact information
for two references. Please indicate when you would be available to
start, and the desired number of hours per week. *Funding for these
internship positions are made possible by a grant from the Latino
Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) needed for study of bird communities along
forested streams of National Parks in West Virginia. Position begins May
14, 2012 and continues through July 6, 2012 (eight weeks). This project
is part of a long-term avian monitoring program conducted by the
National Park Service in collaboration with Penn State University.
Primary duty is to conduct standardized point count surveys. Previous
field research experience and ability to identify eastern forest
songbirds by ear is required. Patience, close attention to detail,
making thorough field notes, and enthusiasm for hiking many kilometers
of mountain streams in rugged terrain are essential. The pay rate is
between $15-18 per hour depending on experience with a typical work week
of 40 hrs. Based on experience, two crew members will be designated
“crew leaders” with a commensurate increase in responsibility and pay.
Housing and work vehicle provided. Valid driver’s license required.
Email a cover letter stating your interest and a resume that includes
dates of relevant experience and contact information for three
references that can describe your abilities in the field to MATT
MARSHALL (EM: mrm27 AT psu.edu). Positions will be filled as soon as
suitable applicants are found. Please write “NPS application” on the
subject line of your email.

PRBO TOMKAT RANCH FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT – One field research
assistant position available for songbird monitoring on TomKat Ranch in
Pescadero, California. Approximate dates: 16 April - July 15, 2011.
Primary duties include multi-species point counts, vegetation surveys,
and data entry. Other minor duties include mist-netting, frog surveys,
orienteering, driving ATVs and participation in TomKat education
programs. Successful candidates must be able to identify over 100 bird
species by sight and sound following training and be able to hike
cross-country in rough, steep terrain. Compensation is $2800/month plus
provided housing. Candidates with a strong background in bird
identification by sight and sound and/or previous experience point
counting are preferred. For all positions we require willingness to work
in poison oak, self-motivation, good physical condition, and the ability
to work well independently. You will be repeatedly and unavoidably
exposed to large amounts of poison oak. In one document (PDF or MS
Word), email a letter of interest describing previous field research
experience, relevant coursework, specific dates of availability, a
resume, and contact information for three references to: CARLIE HENNEMAN
(EM: chenneman AT prbo.org). Please note if you are applying to other
PRBO Conservation Science positions. Application deadline: 29 Feb 2012.

AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIAN (SEASONAL) – Organization: North Carolina State
University. Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I am looking
for a motivated individual to assist with monitoring bird communities in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM). One technician is needed for
approximately 9 weeks beginning 1 May 2012. We will be investigating
bird community and habitat relationships in an effort to better
understand how fire histories effect species distributions. Duties
include performing avian point-counts and making habitat and vegetation
measurements in the park. A typical work day will begin before sunrise
and involve computer time in the afternoons. All applicants must possess
a valid driver’s license, be in excellent physical condition, and be
willing to hike and camp in remote areas. Applicants should be detail
oriented, have a strong interest in avian communities, be comfortable
working alone in the woods, and have a strong work ethic. Top applicants
will have demonstrated the ability to identify eastern birds by sight
and sound. Housing will be provided. Salary: $10-12/hr. This is a good
opportunity to work in a beautiful location and gain valuable
point-count and database skills. To apply, send a cover letter
expressing your interest, a resume summarizing your relevant experience,
and contact information (including phone numbers) for three references
to (EM: EliTRose2 AT gmail.com). In addition an online application will
need to be filled out with North Carolina State University at (URL:
https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/3466). Last Date to Apply: 29 Feb 2012.
Contact: ELI ROSE (EM: EliTRose2 AT gmail.com)

SOUTH DAKOTA BIRD SURVEY POSITIONS (1-2) available for the final year of
data collection for South Dakota’s Breeding Bird Atlas II. One position
begins approximately April 11, 2012 and two position begin approximately
May 21. All positions end last week of July 2012. Main duties will be to
search atlas blocks for evidence of breeding birds using standard atlas
procedures, conduct special surveys, and data entry. After an initial
training period, atlaser will work independently in their assigned
blocks. Work entails considerable interactions with landowners and long
hours. Salary $2050/mo plus mileage reimbursement and lodging stipend.
Ornithology class or equivalent experience is required. Ability to
identify breeding birds by sight and sound in at least one of South
Dakota’s biomes (Great Plains grasslands, western grasslands/sagebrush,
prairie pothole wetlands, or Rocky Mountains), excellent hearing and
birding skills, and ability to read and follow maps are required;
atlasing or bird survey experience are a plus. A valid driver's license,
personal vehicle, proof of auto insurance, and decent binoculars are
required; camping gear strongly recommended. Send cover letter stating
interest, resume, available dates, and names, phone numbers, and email
addresses of three references to: (EM: sdatlascoordinator AT rmbo.org).
Applications due by 1 March2012; positions will be filled as suitable
applicants are found.


 

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