Black Rail and Wading Bird Project Technician-South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Coastal South Carolina
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$10 per hour (~$1,600 per month)
Last Date to Apply
WADING BIRD AND BLACK RAIL PROJECT TECHNICIAN – Location: Coastal South Carolina. Job type: Full time, seasonal. Duration of position: late July/early August through fall 2018. Application deadline: June 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Salary: $1,600 per month (optional bunkhouse-style housing is available at no charge). DESCRIPTION: The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) plans to hire a seasonal technician to assist with the Wading Bird and Black Rail Project during the late summer and fall of 2018. The position will begin as soon as possible (likely late July) and continue into the fall (October or later; end date flexible, dependent on availability of work and funding). The focus of this position will be reviewing photographic data collected during the 2018 breeding season, and the majority of the job tasks will involve using a computer in an office environment. Responsibilities will include: counting numbers of bird nests (wood storks, egrets, herons, etc.) visible in aerial photographs, managing and reviewing large quantities of data collected using camera traps and audio recorders, maintaining research equipment in marsh habitat, deploying and retrieving heavy equipment, operating 4-wheel drive trucks in remote areas, and assisting with other office and field work tasks. The climate of coastal South Carolina during the summer can be extremely hot and humid, and some of the components of this project include walking long distances in difficult marsh terrain. Snakes, alligators, mosquitoes, and other biting insects are abundant in the study area.
Applicants should have a strong interest in avian research, an excellent work ethic, a positive attitude about indoors doing repetitive tasks AND working in outdoors in buggy conditions, a high tolerance of heat and sun, and should be in good physical condition. Required skills and qualifications include: valid US driver’s license and good driving record, excellent attention to detail, prior field work experience, and professionalism when interacting with people from different backgrounds. Prior experience identifying waterbirds and familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Access is highly desired. Applicants should be self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team. Must be a United States citizen or be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. TO APPLY: Please send a SINGLE email attachment containing a cover letter describing any prior experience relevant to these specific position, a resume/CV, and contact information for three references to Christy Hand (handc at Include your name in the file name. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position may be filled prior to the application deadline.
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Christy Hand
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