West Virginia University’s Division of Forestry and Natural Resources is seeking one (1) technician to assist a graduate student with early successional bird point-count surveys, loggerhead shrike surveys, and vegetation sampling in West Virginia and Virginia beginning in late March and continuing into early July. These data are being collected to 1) determine the status of loggerhead shrikes in West Virginia and Virginia, and develop surveys to better detect loggerhead shrikes 2) assess habitat use and occupancy of loggerhead shrikes in West Virginia and Virginia, and 3) develop multi-species occupancy models for early successional birds. Technicians will be housed at a field house or reimbursed for camping. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Job duties include: conducting roadside and off-road distance-based surveys for early successional birds, using decoys and audio playback to attract loggerhead shrikes, maintaining automated recording devices, and surveying vegetation. Data will be entered and submitted to the supervisor on a weekly basis. Salary is $1,600-$1,700 month. Reimbursement for camping fees will be provided. Mileage reimbursement for personal vehicle use, or rental vehicles, will be provided.
Ideal candidates will be familiar with Eastern grassland and shrubland bird species identification by sight and sound; conducting point counts; distance sampling methodology; and basic vegetation identification. Preference will be given to candidates with proven bird identification and skill. Candidates should be comfortable and competent working alone, willing to work long days in the field during hot and humid weather, able to hike in hilly areas, and enthusiastic about conducting avian surveys. Ticks, poison ivy, and curious cattle are likely to be encountered, and bears may be present on campgrounds. A BS in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Science, or related discipline is preferred. Selected candidates should bring their own binoculars and camping equipment, but other field equipment will be provided.
Electronic applications are preferred. To apply, send 1) cover letter outlining any specific work experiences with grassland/ early successional birds 2) resume, 3) contact information for 3 references in a single PDF file to: Laura Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org.