The University of Rhode Island is seeking two highly motivated full-time research technicians to assist on a master’s project investigating abundance and nesting ecology of Prairie Warblers and Eastern Towhees in Rhode Island state management areas. Duties will include nest searching, territory mapping, monitoring nests, capturing, and banding adults and fledglings, attaching CTT transmitters, and data entry. Work may also require tracking using CTT and VHF antenna to locate tagged nesting birds. The ideal candidate will have experience nest searching, bird handling and excellent ID skills for birds found in early successional habitats (particularly Eastern Towhees and Prairie Warblers). Must have a positive attitude, exceptional patience, and willingness to work early in the morning.
The technician will work 40 hours/week, with some weekend work required, from May 1st to August 15th 2023. Start and end date are flexible. Housing is not provided. At times the use of a personal vehicle may be required with mileage reimbursement at 0.62$ on the mile (as of October 1st 2022).
To apply, send an email containing a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references in a single document to Megan Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please write: “Songbird Field Technician 2023” in the subject line of your email.
Prior field experience involving nest searching and passerines handling strongly preferred. Must be team-oriented (work among a small group of 4) but also capable of working alone in the field. Must possess a good work ethic and be capable of working long days.
· Ability to work a flexible schedule
· Experience with nest searching and territory mapping
· Experience with eastern songbird identification by sight and sound
· Bird handling and transmitter attachment experience
· Ability to navigate using GPS and compass
· Close-attention to detail and legible note-taking
· Good physical health and ability to hike in challenging terrain (thick brush, biting insects, hot/humid weather)
· Positive attitude and sense of humor when conditions aren’t ideal
· Valid driver’s license and clean driving record