GRAY VIREO TARGET-NETTING, BANDING, and TRACKING TECHNICIANS
(2) needed to work at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to help conduct a University of Toledo demography and migration study on Gray Vireos.
Technicians will search for and monitor nests, target-net, recover geolocators, band birds, mark and track adults and fledglings with radio transmitters, collect tissue samples, record vocalizations, and sample vegetation.
We are looking for applicants who will take pride in collecting high-quality ecological data with or without supervision, while dealing with challenging field conditions (i.e., early and occasionally cold mornings, long hours of intense sun, heat, encounters with rattlesnakes, and hiking in desert habitats) with a hard-working, team-oriented attitude, and preferably a good sense of humor.
The season will run from May 1 through approximately August 15 (but some flexibility may be needed). Technician salary is $1,600/month. Free housing will be provided at the University of New Mexico Field Station on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Housing is somewhat remote (about 30 minutes to the nearest town, and 1hr from Albuquerque). Persons interested in interviewing for a position should email a cover letter and a current CV with names and contact information (phone, email, and affiliation) for two to three references to Sarah Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include YOUR LAST NAME and “GRVI TECH” in the email subject line.
Preferred qualifications include excellent birding skills, nest-searching experience, experience with mist-netting and handling of passerines, advanced undergraduate standing in Environmental Sciences or related major, and an enthusiastic interest in avian ecology. This job requires people who enjoy living and working closely within small groups, are able to handle unforeseen obstacles during an unpredictable work schedule, and are in excellent physical condition. A valid driver's license is required.