West Virginia University’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources is seeking technicians to assist with grassland/early successional bird point-count surveys, loggerhead shrike surveys, and vegetation sampling in West Virginia and Virginia beginning in late March and continuing through June and possibly into early July. These data are being collected to 1) determine the status of loggerhead shrikes in West Virginia and Virginia, and develop surveys to better detect loggerhead shrikes 2) assess habitat use and occupancy of loggerhead shrikes in West Virginia and Virginia, and 3) develop multi-species occupancy models for grassland and early successional birds. Technicians will be housed partially at a field house in southeastern West Virginia, but will be expected to camp during the field season in both West Virginia and Virginia. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Job duties include: conducting roadside and off-road distance-based surveys for grassland and early successional birds, using decoys and audio playback to attract loggerhead shrikes, maintaining automated recording devices, entering data and surveying vegetation. Salary is $1,300-$1,600/ month (40 hrs/week) depending on experience. Housing (including camping fees) will be provided or reimbursed. Mileage reimbursement for personal vehicle use, or rental vehicles, will be provided.
Ideal candidates will be familiar with Eastern grassland and early successional bird species identification by sight and sound; conducting point counts; distance sampling methodology; and basic vegetation identification. Preference will be given to candidates with proven bird identification and skill. Candidates should be comfortable and competent working alone, willing to work long days in the field during hot and humid weather, able to hike in hilly areas, and enthusiastic about conducting avian surveys. Ticks, poison ivy, and curious cattle are likely to be encountered, and bears may be present on campgrounds. A BS in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or related discipline is preferred. Selected candidates should bring their own binoculars and camping equipment, but other field equipment will be provided.
Electronic applications are preferred. To apply, send 1) cover letter outlining any specific work experiences with grassland/ early successional birds 2) resume, 3) contact information for 3 references in a single PDF file to: Laura Graham; firstname.lastname@example.org.