Ecology Technician: Avian Ecology/Parasitology-Missouri

Tyson Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis
Eureka, Missouri
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
commensurate with experience
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POSITION SUMMARY: The Adalsteinsson lab at Tyson Research Center seeks an enthusiastic technician with strong interests in avian ecology and parasitology to manage seasonal crew members and lead field and laboratory data collection efforts. The ideal candidate will have experience independently operating mist nets and handling passerine birds. This temporary position is based at Tyson Research Center, Washington University’s field station ( This is a full-time, temporary position of up to 6 months. The start date is somewhat flexible, but must begin on or before May 13. Weekly hours average to 37.5 hours, but field work schedule is weather-dependent. This position will manage and help mentor undergraduate and high school students over 11 weeks (late May – early August) and spend the duration of the position assisting with a variety of research tasks (e.g., training, preparing for summer crew, field work and data collection). There will be opportunities to co-author posters, presentations, and potentially manuscripts, depending on individual’s interest/engagement with student projects. The technician will also have the opportunity to participate in professional development experiences offered throughout the summer such as career panels and statistics workshops. From late May through early August, Tyson Research Center hosts a dynamic community of 80+ students (high school through graduate level), postdocs, technicians, faculty, staff, and other researchers. There are weekly seminars from visiting scientists and potluck style community dinners. More information about the summer fellowship programs ( and seminars ( is available on our website. PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will contribute to a long-term research project examining the effects of prescribed fire on tick-borne disease ecology. Data collection is mostly field-based and involves: -Sampling ticks using dry-ice baited traps and dragging and flagging methods. -Capturing passerine birds, blood sampling, and removing ticks from birds. -Estimating mammal abundance using pellet counts and camera traps. -Identifying ticks under the microscope.
Required Qualifications -Bachelor’s or progress towards bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife Management, Zoology, Environmental Science, or a related field -Worked at least one full field season -Experience mist-netting, extracting, and banding passerines -Meticulous/high attention to detail -Ability to accurately collect data/record field notes -Motivated, eager to learn, organized, and has a strong interest in mentoring students on research projects -Experience managing a dataset and/or performing statistical analyses -Ability to hike on steep, rocky terrain carrying 25+ lbs -Ability to tolerate hot, humid conditions and biting arthropods (i.e., mosquitoes, ticks) -Valid driver’s license (MO Class E or equivalent by start date) Preferred Qualifications -Bird bander with at least sub-permittee status -Familiarity with fauna/flora of Missouri Ozarks region -Experience mentoring students TO APPLY: Please create a single PDF file that includes: 1. cover letter; 2. C.V. with detailed list of banding experience; and 3. contact information (email and phone number) for three references. Application materials must be submitted electronically through by entering the job ID number (42941) as a keyword under “Basic Search.” Review of applications will begin February 20 and continue until the position is filled. Questions/interest about the position can be directed to
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