Avian Field Technician – Southern Iowa Forest Monitoring

Iowa State University
Chariton, Iowa
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10-13/hr dependent on qualifications and experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Up to two (2) avian field technicians are needed to help with the Southern Iowa Forest Monitoring (SIFM) project. SIFM technicians will work in forests in southern Iowa, as part of a project assessing the effects of forest management on birds. Specific job duties include (but are not limited to) bird surveys using visual and auditory cues, data entry, and assisting with other tasks as needed. Bird surveys typically begin 15 minutes after sunrise and continue no later than 4.5 hours after sunrise.
Ability to accurately identify forest birds of the central Midwest by sight and sound without training is essential for this position. Applicants must have the physical ability to work long hours outdoors, walk long distances, carry field equipment in rough terrain, and wade through water. Applicants should be either have a Bachelor’s degree or be pursing one in wildlife ecology, biology, or a related field, or possess a Bachelor’s degree and related field experience. Qualified applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, have a strong work ethic, and be able to work during adverse weather conditions and on weekends, holidays, and evenings as required. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver’s license, and pass a motor vehicle check to be able to drive a university vehicle. Applicants without prior experience identifying birds in the field by both sight and sound will not be considered. To apply please submit as a single document a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to Ben West (benjwest@iastate.edu) by 5 PM on February 28, 2019. Applications will be considered as received, and hiring decisions may be made before February 28. Positions are temporary, full-time (maximum of 40 hours/week), starting May 17 and ending on August 17. Start date is somewhat flexible. Salary is $10-13/hr dependent on qualifications and experience. No overtime will be provided. Vehicles will be provided for work-related travel. Housing will be provided in Chariton, Iowa.
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Benjamin M. West
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