This position is stationed at the Indiana Division of Fish Wildlife (DFW) Bloomington Field Office and is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive volunteer marsh bird monitoring program at four sites in southern Indiana. Specific duties include:
1. Volunteer Coordination
• Recruit, train, and coordinate 30-45 volunteers (Audubon chapters, universities) in marsh bird monitoring and habitat sampling.
• Develop marsh bird and vegetation sampling materials for training workshops that include field-based learning experiences; develop and administer tests in marsh bird and plant identification.
• Manage and distribute supplies and datasheets to volunteers and coordinate collection of these materials at end of the field season.
• Oversee volunteer marsh bird surveys and provide guidance when needed.
• Collect and record volunteer hours in CERVIS.
• Enter data into appropriate databases as instructed.
2. Survey Preparation & Fieldwork
• Establish and ground truth randomized survey points at four field sites using ArcGIS and GPS; prepare maps of field sites with survey points identified for distribution to volunteers.
• Coordinate access to field sites with land managers.
• Conduct surveys as needed when volunteers are unavailable.
Additional Information: Duties are performed in an office locale and in a variety of field environments that may require accessing difficult habitats (wetlands) and exposure to adverse conditions (heat, rain, biting or stinging insects). Applicant must be able to work independently and in a team setting. Work days are variable, but will typically be on weekdays with frequent early mornings during the spring field season. Applicant must provide his/her own transportation to and from the DFW Bloomington Field Office; travel to and from field sites will be provided using a state vehicle. Some overnight travel to northern Indiana for training will be required. The applicant will also have the potential to work on other projects related to nongame and game wildlife. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates to gain experience working for a wildlife and natural resource agency.
Preferred Experience: Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills and previous experience in bird identification and wildlife fieldwork. Applicants with previous teaching and GIS experience is desirable. Training in the standardized marsh bird monitoring protocol will be provided.
Application Process: Application Process: Email a cover letter and current resume or CV with three references to Allisyn Gillet, Nongame Bird Biologist [agillet (at) dnr.in.gov] by August 24, 2017.
Please label the e-mail as “Marsh Bird Monitoring Program Coordinator.” Please refer any questions to Allisyn Gillet at 812-334-1137 ext. 3400.