Fall Blackbird Research Technician – North Dakota

North Dakota State University (NDSU) in cooperation with the USDA-APHIS-WS National Wildlife Research Center.
Bismarck, ND
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Description: Two technicians are needed from 23 August – 30 October, 2021 to assist an NDSU graduate student on a research project involving blackbirds (Icteridae) in North Dakota. This project involves the spatial analysis of blackbird depredation to sunflower crops across the state of North Dakota. The damage will be assessed as it relates to surrounding landscape and various within-field and field characteristics. This project is a part of on-going research on mitigating the conflict between sunflower producers and blackbirds. Working on this project is a great way to become introduced or continue working in the field of human-wildlife conflict. This position is ideal for a recent graduate looking for a fall tech job that wants to gain a lot of experience and isn’t afraid of hard work. A typical week will be between 40-60 hours, weather depending. There will be down time in the mornings or afternoon/evenings and days off provided. The technicians will either be sharing housing in travel trailer or in other housing (hotels, etc.) as we travel across the state. Great opportunity to travel across and work in the state of North Dakota! Duties: The technicians are needed to aid in the crop damage assessment of sunflower heads in selected agriculture fields. As a team, we will be traveling to fields across the state where we will conduct these damage assessments and bird observations. This work will involve days of long travel and physical labor walking through sunflower fields to reach the desired plots. Working in these fields will involve navigating a variety of terrain (wetlands, hills, dense crops) and in the presence of a variety of wildlife (potentially moose and bears). Other duties include the observation of a variety of weedy species, collection of sunflower heads for insect analysis, and observations of surrounding landscape features of note. Attention to detail and quality data collection is essential.
• Degree in Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Zoology, Biology or other associated degrees. • Previous experience conducting avian field research. • Hard worker willing to commit to entire length of project. • Motivated, willing, positive, and dependable attitude. • Acute attention to detail and measurements. • Ability to work well on a small team, with constant car travel, in small shared housing. • Ability to work long/irregular hours. • Knowledge of commonly used GIS applications like Survey 123 or Arc Collector. How to Apply: Send a single document (Word or PDF) that includes your cover letter, resume/cv, and contact information for 3 references to Morgan Donaldson at morgan.donaldson@ndsu.edu.
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Morgan Donaldson
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