This position is stationed at the Indiana Division of Fish Wildlife (DFW) Bloomington Field Office and is responsible for the implementation of an ongoing least tern nest survey and monitoring program at two sites in southern Indiana and for assisting nongame bird biologists with various research projects. Specific duties include:
Survey Preparation & Fieldwork
• Coordinate access to field sites with land managers and follow site safety regulations, including wearing proper PPE.
• Follow site regulations on the monitoring of federally listed species.
• Conduct surveys as needed when contractors are unavailable.
• Develop an appropriate nest checking schedule that abides by site safety regulations.
• Set up, maintain, and troubleshoot camera traps to detect predators and measure the success of least tern nests.
• Review camera trap photos and coordinate/ schedule the use of camera traps.
• Write ongoing reports summarizing findings regarding predator presence and nest progress.
• Write an end-of-season report summarizing findings.
Duties are performed in an office locale and in a variety of field environments that may require enduring difficult habitats (power plants) and exposure to adverse conditions (heat, rain, biting or stinging insects). Applicant must be able to work independently and in a team setting. Work days are variable, but will typically occur on weekdays with frequent early mornings during the field season. Applicant must provide his/her own transportation to and from the DFW Bloomington Field Office; travel to and from field sites will be provided using a state vehicle. The applicant will also work on other projects related to nongame and game wildlife. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates to gain experience working for a wildlife and natural resource agency.
Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, be very organized and detail oriented, be excellent at following directions (especially the safety needs of industrial sites) and have previous experience in bird identification and wildlife fieldwork. Safety training and training in the monitoring protocol will be provided.
Application Process: Email a cover letter and current resume or CV with three references to Allisyn Gillet, Nongame Bird Biologist [agillet (at) dnr.in.gov] by Feb 25, 2019. Please label the e-mail as “Least Tern Nest Monitor.” Please refer any questions to Allisyn Gillet at 812-334-1137 ext. 3400.