Marshbird Tech-Virginia

William and Mary, Center for Conservation Biology
Accomack County, Virginia
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
15.50/hour + housing
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Center for Conservation Biology seeks 4 technicians to conduct saltmarsh sparrow point count surveys from May 01-July 31. The study area offers the rare opportunity to traverse protected and pristine marshes that have helped the ESVA receive the designation as a globally Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. The study area supports several declining species in Virginia including black rail, saltmarsh sparrow, American black duck, and sedge wren. See eBird hotspot for Saxis WMA for a good idea of species you can anticipate detecting. Shared housing on the ESVA will be provided. Field vehicles will also be provided, though the successful applicant can opt to drive a personal vehicle and be reimbursed for mileage at the government rate (0.62$/mile). In addition to saltmarsh sparrows, applicants should be able to identify other eastern marsh obligate bird species by sight and sound. Candidates should have experience collecting data in the field, maintaining proper field notations, and have experience managing databases. The technician will be responsible for maintaining a schedule to accomplish the projects goals within a specific timeline. Technicians will independently travel to and within study sites in a vehicle or on a boat with a crew. Must possess the ability to navigate using GPS and through challenging marshes to point count locations. Applicants will need to be physically capable of accomplishing the work and willing to work early mornings. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a standard background check. Applicants will need to be comfortable riding on a boat.The technician may also be afforded the opportunity to assist with other research projects throughout the season. Successful applicants will be highly organized and possess strong communication and interpersonal skills. Many opportunities for leisure activity exist throughout the ESVA. The area is renowned for fishing and the locally harvested seafood. Chincoteague Island NWR is a nearby birding hotspot and world famous for their population of wild ponies. Several historical points of interest can also be found on the shore as some of the earliest American settlements were established here. You may also find time to swim and sunbathe at public beaches. Send resume and cover letter to Laura Duval at
Preferred qualifications- Identifying eastern birds by sight and sound. Experience working in coastal marshes independently. Experience conducting auditory point counts. Comfort interacting with private landowners.
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Laura Duval
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