1-2 field technicians are needed to assist with a graduate project examining post-fledging and migration ecology of a state-threatened population of Black-crowned Night-Herons. Research will take place at multiple locations in the western Lake Erie region. Responsibilities will include capturing, measuring, banding, and placing radio transmitters on adult and juvenile night-herons, tracking movements and deploying camera traps on night heron colonies. The technicians will also assist with vegetation surveys and data entry.
Depending on availability of applicants, 1-2 technicians will be hired for this project. Position 1: June-July. Visiting breeding colonies to set up trail cameras and monitor nests. Capturing, measuring, banding, and fitting radio and satellite transmitters on adult and juvenile night-herons.
Position 2: August-November. Tracking radio-tagged juvenile night-herons via hand-tracking, aerial telemetry (flights in a small plane), vehicle telemetry, and use of an automated telemetry array. This position will involve a great deal of driving.
Position 3: June-November. All duties as listed in position 1 and 2.
Salary will be $1700/month. If applying for position 2/3, be aware that months August - November will involve working and living independently for much of the season. Housing and transportation to field sites will be provided. The position will be an average of 40 hours/week, but work schedule will be variable. The graduate student on the project will supervise the technicians.
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, strong work ethic, be willing to work long hours in the field, can work well independently and with others, and be comfortable navigating using maps and GPS. Work may involve wading through water in hot/buggy conditions. Previous tracking and bird handling experience is highly desired.
Please send a resume, contact information for three references, and a cover letter highlighting relevant experience in one document by email with the subject “Black-crowned Night-Heron Field Technician” to Kristie Stein at email@example.com. State dates of availability and which position you are applying for. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.