Field Assistant Position, Waterbird Study in Northern Alaska

US Geological Survey
Colville River Delta, Alaska
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$1000 plus travel, room and board
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Last Date to Apply
The U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center is seeking two individuals to assist with a study of waterbird ecology in northern Alaska. The appointments will be from approximately May 15 – July 7, 2018, with some flexibility in start and end dates. We are examining the effects of spring/summer phenology and a rapidly increasing snow goose population on landscapes and sympatric goose and shorebird species of the Beaufort Sea Coastal Plain. Work will be conducted from a remote field camp on the Colville River Delta, Alaska. Duties include collecting data on nesting chronology and reproductive success of geese and shorebirds, capture and marking of waterbirds, invertebrate sampling, and vegetation analysis. The individuals selected for the position must be capable of hiking long distances in a tundra environment, comfortable working in small boats and in bear country, competent in recording data and maintaining records, willing to assist with camp chores, and able to maintain a good attitude while working in occasionally challenging field conditions. We cover round-trip travel costs to the field site in northern Alaska. Housing is provided during an approximately 5 – 7 day period in Anchorage prior to the start of fieldwork, and food and living accommodations are provided in the field. We provide a stipend of approximately $1000 depending on the duration of the appointment.
Minimum Qualifications: Junior status or higher in a biological sciences program. Preferred Qualifications: Previous field experience and/or remote outdoor experience. Ability to identify Arctic-breeding birds by sight and sound. See job description for additional details. To apply, send a cover letter and resume with references to: Vijay Patil ( by March 23, 2018
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