Osprey Field Technicians: Illinois

University of Illinois Springfield
Central Illinois
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$640 per WEEK, with free lodging and mileage reimbursement when approved.
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Due to unexpected and untimely departures of field personnel, I am looking for two sincere, versatile, highly motivated individuals who have a strong work ethic to conduct field work on a state-listed species: Osprey in Illinois. Successful field technicians are capable of paying attention to details and following instructions closely. They have to be effective in data collection, including monitoring and tracking. Field technicians are required to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and able to ensure data quality and accuracy. Successful candidates need to have good interpersonal skills for working effectively with different stakeholders and partners. Please do not apply if you have doubts about your ability to handle demanding field conditions. Our attention will be on the osprey hacking program in central Illinois as part of the osprey recovery effort for this state-threatened species. Duties and responsibilities include: 1. Daily Observations - conduct daily behavioral observations of osprey chicks at the hacking site to ensure their well-being. Make notes of presence of potential predators or competitors in the vicinity of the hacking site. 2. Daily Tracking - conduct daily searching and tracking of ospreys once they fledge and note their locations before migration. 3. Food Preparation and Feeding - conduct daily preparation of fish and feeding to the hacked ospreys. 4. Planning and Coordination - conduct regular fish pick-ups from the project partners. 5. Daily Reports - submit daily reports regarding the behaviors, locations, and fish consumption by ospreys. Record any other notable events related to the birds. 6. Maintenance - assist with the maintenance and clean-up of the hacking box/tower after the season, as well as the clean-up and inventory of the field gear and equipment. Application: Review of applications will start immediately, until the positions are filled. Starting date: July 1, 2022 (or shortly after).
Successful candidates must have a B.S. degree in wildlife, environmental science, conservation biology, zoology, or a related field. Experiences in working with birds and/or raptors in the field are highly preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Earth, and GPS is highly desirable. Willingness to travel and flexibility with work schedule are required. Successful candidates must be team-players, demonstrate strong communication skills, follow instructions well, and pay attention to details. Candidates must have a commitment to field personnel and equipment safety. Individuals must have a personal vehicle, maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours. All personnel on the project must follow the COVID-19 safety protocol and guidelines as directed for the duration of employment. To apply, please send the following (via email) to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting at tting1@uis.edu: 1) Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications; 2) Resume, including contact information for three references; and 3) Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).
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