Avian Field Technicians – Iowa’s Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program-Iowa

Iowa State University
Boone, Iowa or Iowa City, Iowa
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10-12/hr DOE
Last Date to Apply
Two (2) avian field technicians are needed to help with Iowa’s Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring (MSIM) program. Technicians will primarily be responsible for completing bird point count surveys throughout public lands in Iowa, but they will also be expected to work as part of a research and monitoring team to collect information on mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. Specific job duties include (but are not limited to) bird surveys using visual and auditory cues, identifying, handling, and marking small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, maintaining a variety of traps for small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, conducting surveys for and handling butterflies and odonates, identifying and measuring plant species, data entry, and assisting with other tasks as needed. Field work for all positions will be conducted throughout one of two regions (Boone or Iowa City) in Iowa with significant travel and some overnight travel a possibility. Positions are temporary, full-time (maximum of 40 hours/week) from 25 March 2019 to 15 October 2019, but we are flexible with start and end dates. Salary is $10-12/hr dependent on qualifications and experience. No overtime will be provided. Vehicles will be provided for work-related travel. Housing will not be provided.
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 graduated from, currently enrolled in, or on break between semesters of college with a degree in (or pursuing a degree in) wildlife ecology, biology, or a closely related natural resource field. Qualified applicants must be able to work independently or as part of a team, have a strong work ethic, be able to travel overnight for work-related duties, and be able to work during diverse weather conditions and on weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver’s license, and pass an ISU motor vehicle check to be able to drive a state vehicle. Preferred applicants should have experience working with birds, particularly with species identification by sight and sound. To apply please submit as a single document a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to Rachel Vanausdall (isu.msim@gmail.com) by 5 PM on February 28, 2019.
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Rachel Vanausdall
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