Field technician needed to assist with banding and surveys on the lower Eastern Shore of Virginia August 21st – November 21st as part of a graduate study assessing the stopover ecology of migrant passerines in a globally important migratory region. The technician’s primary work will consist of extracting, banding, and bleeding fall migrant passerines and occasionally assisting with foraging bird surveys. Other responsibilities include some lab work (spinning blood, managing samples), data entry and management, fruit surveys, and forest composition surveys. Schedule is 6 days on, one off. Day off can vary due to weather and migrant activity, but will likely fall on a weekend. Pay will be approximately $950 per month. Housing in a private room at the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge bunkhouse will also be provided. A work vehicle will be available, but this area is semi-remote and a personal vehicle is highly recommended to run errands and explore the beautiful shore on afternoons and days off.
-a true passion and desire to be involved in migratory avian research.
-prior experience extracting, banding, and aging eastern fall migrants
-skilled in brachial bleeding techniques
-familiarity with the flora (particularly trees and fall fruiting species) of the eastern coastal plain
-attention to detail and punctuality
-ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
-a flexible demeanor as schedule can change within a few hours in regards to weather and bird abundance
-physically fit to work outdoors, walk uneven terrain, and carry heavy equipment in hot, humid conditions
-ability to cope with ticks and mosquitoes
-clean driving record
To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume/cv in one document to Chance Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org