FIELD BIOLOGISTS (3) needed to survey and manage New Hampshire’s Common Loon population by kayak and motorboat on over 350 lakes, from May 21 to August 10, 2018. Field staff and citizen-science volunteers record loon abundance, breeding success and supporting data on nest failure causes, loon behaviors and lake habitat. Duties also include coordinated nest site protection, loon rescues and mortality collections, and assisting with the capture, banding, and band-resighting of adult and juvenile loons. These positions provide excellent hands-on exposure to the conservation biology of this charismatic species.
All positions involve extended independent work and teamwork at key times. Applicants must enjoy or at least cheerfully tolerate strenuous physical work in harsh weather, with rough water and biting black flies and mosquitoes. Reliable transportation is required. Applicants must be willing to approach lake users and solicit their cooperation.
Qualifications include coursework or degree in wildlife biology or similar field, field experience with bird or wildlife surveys, and boating experience. Compensation: $325/week stipend and mileage reimbursement, with rustic housing provided for some positions. Applicants with serious interest should email or send a resume and cover letter to John Cooley, Loon Preservation Committee: jcooley(at)loon.org; P.O. Box 604, Moultonborough, NH 03254. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.