Three technicians are needed for Clapper Rail demographic research conducted by the Saltmarsh Habitat Avian Research Program (SHARP). SHARP is a collaborative group of researchers studying tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation across the northeastern United States with emphasis placed on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Willet, and Clapper Rail. Additional information can be found at www.tidalmarshbirds.org.
This position will be focused on Clapper Rail demography and will be conducted along Delaware Bay with housing provided. The successful applicants will assist in the capture and tagging of Clapper Rail adults and chicks, the tracking of tagged rail chicks, nest searching, and nest monitoring. Nest searching will be conducted both on foot and via drone thermal imagery.
All applicants must have a valid driver’s license, the ability to adjust to varying schedules during the field season, and a willingness to work in hot, buggy marshes both on foot and from boats. Ideal applicants will have prior experience in nest searching, bird banding, telemetry, and/or collecting vegetation data. Applicants with nest searching experience will be prioritized. Experience with boat operation, trailering, handling bird chicks, and transmitter attachment to birds is also desirable.
Ideal start date would be April 1st, however, there is potential flexibility in start date until May 1st. The position will run until August with the possibility of an extension until early October to conduct fall banding efforts of juvenile rails.
Salary is $1900-2300/month depending on professional experience
To apply, please send one pdf document containing a cover letter indicating how you learned of the opportunity, a resume, and contact information for 3 references to Elisa Elizondo at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email subject line should read “Clapper Rail Technician”. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
• Experience in avian nest searching
• Experience in collecting vegetation data
• Basic bird handling skills
• Valid driver’s license
• Ability to carry up to 40 lbs of material for short distances
• Ability to work in adverse conditions
Additional skills which may strengthen applications include:
• Experience with VHF telemetry
• Experience deploying VHF or GPS tags on birds
• Boating experience
• Trailer experience
• Experience with Microsoft Access
• Experience with thermal imaging
• Drone/pilot license