Avian Field Technician (1)-Missouri

University of Missouri
Farmington, Missouri
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIAN (1) needed to assist with study examining the effects of lead (Pb) exposure on breeding birds in Southeastern Missouri. This project is a collaboration between the University of Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. The University of Missouri hires 4 technicians to assist with aspects related to nest searching & monitoring and currently has ONE POSITION still available. Positions run May 15-July 30, 2018 (start date is flexible). Primary duties are 1) nest searching and monitoring for focal species (Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, and Indigo Bunting); 2) assisting with target mist-netting to band adults and obtain morphometric data and blood; 3) assisting with banding and bleeding nestlings prior to fledging; 4) vegetation sampling for nest sites; and 5) data entry. Shared housing and work vehicles are provided along with $10-12/hr (depending on experience) for 40 hours per week. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references (as a single attachment) to Melissa Roach (roach.mc1@gmail.com) by April 22 but applications will be reviewed as received. Please indicate your desired start date if it is not May 15.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a working knowledge of breeding birds in southern Missouri (i.e. able to identify Eastern birds by sight and sound or able to learn prior to start date). Prior experience with passerine nest searching is highly preferred but not required. Previous mist-netting/banding/bleeding experience is also preferred but not required. Applicants must be able to tolerate early mornings, ticks, gnats, mosquitoes, and sometimes difficult vegetation. Applicants should work well alone and in small groups. Applicants should also possess an attention to detail, strong work ethic, and most importantly, a positive attitude when working in hot, humid weather. Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license and able to pass a criminal background check.
Contact Person
Melissa Roach
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