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Bird jobs on a volunteer, intern and occasionally real pay basis throughout the US.

July 18

NYC MIGRATORY BIRDS – POSITIONS STILL AVAILABLE at Fordham University.
Location: New York City region. Job Type: Seasonal. Application
Deadline: 1 Aug 2012. Job Description: BANDING ASSISTANTS (2), FORAGING OBSERVATIONS BIRDER (1), AND VOLUNTEERS (1-2) NEEDED to help with graduate student research on urban and suburban stopover sites of migratory birds in New York City. Banding assistants band/bleed birds from sunrise until 4 hours after sunrise 4-5 mornings per week from August 13 – October 26. Foraging observations birders observe 4 vegetation plots near the banding site for 1 hour each on the same mornings that we band. Volunteers survey transects, help record foraging observations data, and may also help with habitat assessment. Field sites are located in Bronx County and Westchester County.
Qualifications: REQUIREMENTS FOR BANDING ASSISTANTS: 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. 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, ideally some teaching experience (you will be working with volunteers), able to work independently and carefully fill out a data sheet, field experience, and good attitude. REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS: Available most mornings from August 13 – October 26, able to provide own housing and a car, ideally some bird/plant identification skills (or strong desire to learn), ideally some field experience, and good attitude. 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. For banding assistants and the foraging observations birders, I will provide a $500 honorarium at the end of the season. To Apply: 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 banding assistant, foraging observations birder, or volunteer position.

MS ASSISTANTSHIP at Louisiana State University. Website:
http://www.rnr.lsu.edu/people/taylor/default.htm Location: Baton Rouge, LA. Job Type: Student. Application Deadline: 31 Aug 2012. Job
Description: M.Sc. research project on Mottled Duck hybridization and population structure in the western Gulf Coast. Responsibilities will include field work to collect DNA samples and substantial lab work (DNA extraction, PCR, genotyping). Qualifications: B.Sc. in biology, genetics, or related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and GRE score of 1100. A highly motivated person with strong oral and written skills is required. Experience in the lab and the field is preferred. If selected, applicant must apply through Louisiana State University. To Apply: Send or email: CV or resume, two letters of reference, copies of transcripts and GRE scores to: Dr. SABRINA TAYLOR, School of Renewable Natural Resources, 227 Highland Rd., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
70803 (EM: staylor AT lsu.edu) (email preferred). Start Date: January 2013; Application Deadline: 31 August 2012. There will be an opportunity to meet at the North American Ornithological Congress in Vancouver, BC
(14-17 August 2012).

RAPTOR COUNTER at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. Website:
http://www.gcbo.org Location: Smith Point, TX. Duration: 3.5 months. Job
Type: Volunteer. Number of Openings: 2. Application Deadline: 1 Aug 2012. Job Description: Two volunteers are needed to staff the Smith Point Hawk Watch from August 1, 2012 to November 15, 2012. Smith Point is located on the eastern side of Galveston Bay near Anahuac, Texas. The site is remote but only an hour’s drive from the outskirts of Houston.
This site has an average diversity of 21 species of raptor and an average season total of 52,000 birds. Broad-winged Hawks make up 70% of the total which are augmented by large numbers of Mississippi Kites and accipiters. Gulf Coast specialties include Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites, Crested Caracara, and White-tailed Hawk. You will also witness migration of other species including large numbers of American White Pelicans, Wood Storks, and Anhingas. The passerine migration can be outstanding following a cold front. Housing is provided in a small travel trailer which will require two interns of the same sex or a couple. The hawk watch tower is within walking distance of the housing but you must have your own transportation to reach grocery stores and laundry facilities which are about a 30 minute drive away.
Qualifications: Previous raptor counting experience a plus. Must be able to identify all species of North American raptors and endure the heat and humidity of a Texas summer on a daily basis. Must be willing and able to post near daily updates on our Smith Point Hawk Watch blog.
Interest in noting significant passerine migrant movements and documenting rarities also a plus. To Apply: Send overview of experience,
3 current references with phone numbers and email addresses, and dates of availability by email to SUSAN HEATH at (EM: sheath AT gcbo.org).
Positions are open until filled.

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST-FIELD CREW LEADER at Shoener Environmental, Inc.
Website: http://www.shoener.com Location: Near Blythe, California.
Duration: Open. Job Type: Permanent. Application Deadline: 21 July 2012.
Job Description: Shoener Environmental, Inc. is seeking a Field Biologist to join our small environmental consulting firm specializing in green energy development located in Southern California.
Responsibilities Primary responsibility will be to manage field technician crews, including but not limited to: training, scheduling, assigning tasks, and resolving conflicts. Field crews will be conducting both raptor migration and bird use surveys on proposed wind farm sites in Southern California. A secondary responsibility is to perform the raptor migration and bird use surveys. Position is full-time term, 40+ hours per week, and extends from July 2012 to July 2013 with the possibility of extension for work in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.
Compensation is $18/hour, with housing provided. Qualifications:
Applicant should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ornithology, wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field and 2 or more seasons of relevant work experience. Good written and verbal communication skills, computer literacy, willingness to learn new skills, and ability to multitask work assignments are important. Candidate should have experience with Microsoft Office software. Ability to perform data evaluation and prepare technical reports a plus, but not required. Applicant should demonstrate the ability to work alone and to maintain focus in an outdoor work environment. Exposure to weather conditions such as high winds, prolonged exposure to intense sunlight and heat is commonplace.
Preparation for work in an arid environment is necessary. Candidate should be able to demonstrate proven experience identifying the avifauna of the Western United States both visually and vocally and document previous experience performing migratory bird surveys, point count surveys, or similar methodologies in California or Southwestern US.
Local applicants preferred. Valid driver’s license required. Must have own transportation. Must be available to begin July 1, 2012. To Apply:
To apply, please forward a letter of interest referencing position and a resume to the attention of BRAD ROMANO via our online resume upload page at URL: http://www.shoener.com/careers/openings (see “Upload your resume” at the bottom of page). Shoener Environmental, Inc. will only contact qualified applicants for interviews.

WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN- RAPTOR at Shoener Environmental, Inc. Website:
http://www.shoener.com Location: Blythe, California. Duration: 4 months.
Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 3. Application Deadline: 21 July 2012. Job Description: Shoener Environmental, Inc. is seeking 3 Seasonal Field Biologists to join our small environmental consulting firm specializing in green energy development located in Southern California.
Responsibilities Primary responsibility will be to perform raptor migration surveys on proposed wind farm sites in Southern California.
Position is temporary, 32 to 40 hours per week, and extends from August 1, 2012 to November 15, 2012 with the possibility of extension for work in 2013/2014. Compensation is $15/hour, with housing provided.
Qualifications: Applicant should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ornithology, wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field. Good written and verbal communication skills, computer literacy, willingness to learn new skills, and ability to multitask work assignments are important. Candidate should have experience with Microsoft Office software. Ability to perform data evaluation and prepare technical reports a plus, but not required.
Applicant should demonstrate the ability to work alone and to maintain focus in an outdoor work environment. Exposure to weather conditions such as high winds, prolonged exposure to intense sunlight and heat is commonplace. Preparation for work in an arid environment is necessary.
Candidate should be able to demonstrate proven experience identifying the raptor species of the Western United States both visually and vocally and document previous experience performing migratory bird surveys in California or Southwestern US. Local applicants preferred.
Valid driver’s license required. Must have own transportation. Must be available to begin August 1, 2012. To Apply: To apply, please forward a letter of interest referencing position and a resume to the attention of BRAD ROMANO via our online resume upload page at URL:
http://www.shoener.com/careers/openings (see “Upload your resume” at the bottom of page). Shoener Environmental, Inc. will only contact qualified applicants for interviews.

WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN-AVIAN at Shoener Environmental, Inc. Website:
http://www.shoener.com Location: Tyrone, PA. Duration: 4 months. Job
Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 21 July 2012. Job Description:
Shoener Environmental, Inc. is seeking a Seasonal Field Biologist to join our small environmental consulting firm specializing in green energy development located in Central Pennsylvania. Responsibilities Primary responsibility will be to perform raptor migration surveys on established wind farm sites in central Pennsylvania. Position is temporary, 40 hours per week, and extends from August 1 to December 17,
2012 with the possibility of extension for work in 2013. Compensation is $15/hour. Housing may be provided. Qualifications: Applicant should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ornithology, wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or a related field. Good written and verbal communication skills, computer literacy, willingness to learn new skills, and ability to multitask work assignments are important.
Candidate should have experience with Microsoft Office software. Ability to perform data evaluation and prepare technical reports a plus, but not required. Applicant should demonstrate the ability to work alone and to maintain focus in an outdoor work environment. Exposure to weather conditions such as high winds, prolonged exposure to intense sunlight, and hot, cold, and sometimes high humidity is common. Candidate should be able to demonstrate proven experience identifying raptors of the Eastern United States both visually and vocally and document previous experience performing migratory bird surveys in Pennsylvania or Northeastern US. Local applicants preferred. Valid driver’s license required. Must have own transportation. To Apply: To apply, please forward a letter of interest referencing position and a resume to the attention of BRAD ROMANO via our online resume upload page at URL:
http://www.shoener.com/careers/openings (see “Upload your resume” at the bottom of page). Shoener Environmental, Inc. will only contact qualified applicants for interviews.

 

 


 

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