Black Rail Field Technicians (2) – Gulf Coast of Alabama and Mississippi

Agency
Mississippi State University
Location
Biloxi, MS
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
~$1600/mo
Start Date
04/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
04/01/2021
Description
2 technicians are needed from approximately 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 for a study of Black Rails on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama. This project will involve working in high marsh habitat along the entire coast of Mississippi and Alabama. Duties will include: call broadcast surveys, vegetation surveys, data entry and management, maintaining field equipment, and operating and maintaining outboard motorboats and towing trailers. Fieldwork is strenuous and requires working during both daylight and nocturnal hours in varied cold/hot temperatures and humid conditions, sometimes with biting insects. All positions will require traversing uneven marsh habit frequently consisting of dense vegetation ranging between 0.1-1.5 m in height. Housing will be provided.
Qualifications
B.S. in wildlife, biology, zoology, ecology, or a closely related field is preferred. Previous experience surveying for rails or avian point/line transect surveys, familiarity with birds of the northern Gulf Coast, boat operation and maintenance, and towing trailers are desired. Strong bird identification by sight and sound is heavily encouraged, as this project will involve identifying hard to detect birds. To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Peter Kappes by email: firebird.msal.project@gmail.com. Applications will be considered as they are received.
Contact Person
Peter Kappes
Contact eMail
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