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Clapper Rail research technicians and crew leader-Delaware
University of Delaware
$1900/month for technicians, $2050/month for crew lead
Last Date to Apply
Two field technicians and one crew leader are needed for marsh bird research conducted through the University of Delaware. The research will be occur along Delaware Bay and housing will be provided, likely in Dover, DE. The successful applicants will assist in the capture and banding of Clapper Rails, the deployment of VHF and GPS tags, the tracking of tagged rails, and the monitoring of rail nests. Nest searching will be conducted both on foot and via drone thermal imagery.
Ideal applicants will have prior experience in nest searching, bird banding, telemetry, and/or collecting vegetation data. Crew leader applicants with previous banding experience will be prioritized. Experience with boats is also highly desired. All applicants must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to adjust to varying schedules during the field season, and a willingness to work in hot, buggy marshes both on foot and from boats.
The position will run from late April/early May to early August with the possibility of an extension until early October.
• Experience with bird banding
• Experience in avian nest searching
• Experience in collecting vegetation data
• Experience with telemetry
• Valid driver’s license
• Ability to carry up to 50 lbs
• Ability to work in adverse conditions
Additional skills which may strengthen applications include:
• Experience deploying VHF or GPS tags on birds
• Experience with small boats (especially outboard)
• Experience with small trailers
• Experience with Microsoft Access
• GIS or R mapping skills
• Experience with thermal imaging
• Drone/pilot license
To apply, please send one pdf document containing a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for 3 references to Elisa Elizondo at email@example.com. The email subject line should read “Clapper Rail Technician”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and offers will occur by late February.