The Arkansas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit is recruiting two technicians with positive attitudes, collaborative spirits, and demonstrable birding skills to conduct breeding season bird point-count surveys and vegetation sampling at Cache River, Bald Knob, and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuges in Arkansas, USA. The data technicians collect will inform grassland conservation and management in the Southeastern US.
Technicians will start on June 1st and will need to complete online USGS trainings by June 3rd. Technicians will need to report to the field site on June 5th. Technicians will conduct bird surveys from June 6th - July 15th. After breeding season, technicians will shift to vegetation sampling. The field season will end no later than August 12th.
Field work will include early mornings, surveying in hot, humid, and buggy conditions, driving on rough roads, and coordinating with US Fish & Wildlife Service and Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.
Housing will be provided near Cache River National Wildlife Refuge. Amenities will include air conditioning, an outfitted kitchen, rooms + bunkbeds, TV, and indoor restrooms. Technicians will likely have to share rooms with other seasonal USFWS technicians. There is no Wi-Fi at the housing.
Technicians are encouraged to bring and use personal vehicles for field work, although this is not required. Mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate.
- Experience conducting bird aural/visual point-count surveys OR demonstrable ability to identify birds by sight and sound (e.g., an ornithology course on your undergraduate transcript plus a reference vouching for your ability). Before they report to the field, technicians will be required to know all terrestrial birds occurring at Cache River National Wildlife Refuge by sight and sound.
- Fortitude to work in challenging field conditions (e.g., heat, humidity, biting insects, wetlands, etc.).
- Pursuing or completed an undergraduate degree from a natural resources, biology, ecology, wildlife, agronomy, or closely-related program.
- Experience working on at least 1 previous field job/internship.
- A valid US driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Attention to detail to ensure correct and complete data collection and entry.
- Commitment to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Previous experience sampling vegetation is preferred but not required.
To apply, please email Caleb Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) your:
- Resume (which should include previous work experience in bird aural/visual surveys and vegetation sampling, contact information for 3 references, undergraduate GPA).
- A cover letter expanding on 1) interests and experience and 2) how these interests and experiences will translate to being a successful technician.
- Please mark the subject of your application email as “SSP Technician Application”.