Grassland Bird Technicians-Kansas

Agency
Emporia State University
Location
Kansas
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$4400 / 10-week season. Housing and field vehicles provided.
Start Date
05/20/2019
Last Date to Apply
03/01/2019
Description
Assist research team studying grassland bird responses to cattle grazing and plant diversity in CRP grasslands of Kansas, late spring-summer 2019. Two position categories available (note position of interest in cover letter of application): bird surveyors and nest searchers. (1) Individual needed to perform transect surveys of adult birds by sight and sound and assist with plant and insect sampling. Orientation begins May 17; plant and insect sampling through July 27, perhaps July 29. Bird surveys will require the first 3 hours (approximately) of each morning; majority of each field day assisting with plant and insect sampling. (2) Individuals to assist with nest searching and monitoring and measurements of nestlings, including blood samples, May 20 - July 27.
Qualifications
Academic training in biology / ecology. Transect surveyors must have previous experience with bird identification by sight and sound, will ideally have experience with line transect or point-count surveys, and must be >20 years of age and have a valid driver’s license (for driving rental vehicles). Nest searchers will ideally have previous nest searching and monitoring experience, and/or experience with handling birds, though other demonstrated field skills will be considered. All applicants must be able to work independently and with a team, be cordial to landowners, and be tolerant of hot weather, physical labor, early starts, long hours, 6-day work weeks, living in close quarters with other technicians in rural Kansas, and also be able to transport themselves to field station residences. To apply, email a cover letter, noting position of interest, and CV with 3 references to Dr. William E. Jensen at wjensen1@emporia.edu (postal address: Department of Biological Sciences, Campus Box 4050, Emporia State University, 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801).
Contact Person
Dr. William E. Jensen
Contact Phone
620-341-5339
Contact eMail
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