Biological Science Technician (Avian) – Alaska

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Homer, Alaska
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Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is recruiting up to 14 Biological Science Technician (Avian) positions for the summer of 2020 to assist with our seabird monitoring program. This is a unique opportunity to experience a wildlife refuge that spans much of the coastline of Alaska, covering nearly 3.4 million acres, and provides essential habitat for some 30 million seabirds, hundreds of thousands of marine mammals, and numerous plant and animal species found only in Alaska. Technicians perform a variety of scientific and technical tasks to assist in a long-term seabird monitoring program. Species being studied differ by location but may include storm-petrels, cormorants, kittiwakes, murres, pigeon guillemots, auklets, and puffins. The fieldwork is varied but the main focus of the work is collecting data on seabird breeding chronology, reproductive success, population changes, adult survival, and food habits. Technicians work as part of a field crew consisting of 2-5 individuals. The work is conducted at remote field camps spread across the Refuge, where wet, windy weather and spartan living conditions are the norm. We will be placing crews on several of our islands in 2020 including Aiktak, Buldir, Chowiet, St. George, St. Lazaria, and St. Paul.
Best qualified applicants will possess (or be working toward) a degree in biology or a related field and have some field experience. All applicants should be in excellent physical condition and able to live and work happily with a small group of people in an extremely remote and isolated environment. Applicants must be willing and able to work in cold, wet weather, doing sedentary work, for hours at a time. Previous experience working with birds is desirable but not required. This position requires applicants to be willing and able to work a varied schedule, including long days (10+ hours), weekends, and holidays. Some positions may require applicants to be comfortable with heights. The application period will last from November 27 - December 11 at midnight EST. Additional information and application instructions for the positions can be found via the links below:
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Marc Romano
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