The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University is seeking 1-2 experienced field technicians for the assistance of a graduate student research project. The focus of the research is to understand the breeding biology and survival of nesting and juvenile Bendire’s Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) within its New Mexico range. The objectives of the project are to study the nesting requirements of successful breeding pairs, monitor daily nest survival, fledgling survival and fledgling habitat requirements. Field work will start in February and continue through June and will be focused in the southwestern portion of the state. Start and end dates are flexible. Primary duties will include long hot days in the field, working independently in remote locations while nest searching and monitoring birds by point-counts and radio telemetry, in addition to vegetation surveys, insect sampling and data entry. Housing is included, but camping may be required for the majority of the field season.
Eligible applications should have a bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife or related field, or prior field experience. Applicants should have a strong interest in avian biology, be highly motivated, detail oriented and able to work independently in areas where there are possibilities of encountering coyotes, rattle snakes and cattle. Remote backcountry camping may occur for up to 10 days at a time throughout the field season and experience with 4WD vehicles is highly preferred. Preference will also be given to those with related field experience, such as nest searching and monitoring, bird banding, use of GPS, map and compass, radio telemetry, sweep netting and interacting with private landowners. Fieldwork may also require hiking up to 2 miles at a time.
Must possess a valid state driver’s license and be willing to take online driving safety course upon arrival.
To apply, please send via email a single PDF document containing a cover letter, resume with related experiences and references. Please include your last name in the name of the attachment and an email subject line of: Bendire’s Thrahser Research Technician.