Michigan Natural Features Inventory is a division of Michigan State University Extension that is actively involved with collection and maintenance of data collected about Michigan's rare biota and unique natural areas. We are hiring field technicians to assist with data collection in spring and summer, 2022.
Technicians will focus on surveys for birds and butterflies with target group/species depending on position and projects, but may include surveys for raptors, marsh birds, songbirds, and the federally endangered Mitchell's satyr butterfly. Field sampling will regularly require long hours and early morning and nighttime work schedules under adverse working conditions (e.g., long days in hot and humid weather, long and difficult hikes in wetlands, and biting insects). Work over some holidays and/or weekends, travel to study sites throughout Michigan, and the use of a personal vehicle will be required (mileage reimbursed at standard rate).
These positions will be posted until December 12, 2021. Please include information about your avian experience, ability to work in rugged/remote conditions, and available start dates in your cover letter. We are hiring multiple positions, and there is flexibility in start/end dates.
The position can also be found at https://careers.msu.edu - Job Number 748063.
Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach;
Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards;
Familiarity with Michigan and/or Midwestern ecosystems;
Experience conducting bird and/or insect surveys;
Ability to identify common Michigan plant species;
Capability to navigate via map, compass, and GPS.
Willingness to learn and able to work both independently and as part of a team;
Applicants must have reliable transportation and comfortable using watercraft (small boats, kayaks), driving long hours across the state of Michigan, and working alone in remote locations.