The Field Assistant will assist with various red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) work in South Carolina. Main tasks will be nest monitoring on state property, conducting site visits on private properties and serving as translocation assistant to RCW biologist. Duties include, but are not limited to, RCW nest monitoring; climbing trees (sometimes at night) to clean cavities and remove nestlings for banding; removal of non-target species from roost cavities; re-sighting color banded birds with spotting scopes; assessing group size and cavity tree status; identifying roost sites; assisting with capture and transport of juvenile RCW; capturing and banding adults; and conducting site visits to private properties. Applicant must be willing to be trained in using Swedish climbing ladders and climbing harness and be comfortable with heights up to 30 feet. Ability to communicate well with staff and general public is critical, as well as good record-keeping and organizational skills.
Position runs April 1 – October 31, 2018. Field housing provided (no pets) and field vehicle for use on Wildlife Management Areas and Wildlife Refuge.
Applicants must be comfortable with heights up to 30 feet and be able to routinely carry 40 pounds. Applicants should have solid field skills in bird identification, as well as bird handling and banding experience. The ideal applicant has experience using spotting scopes to re-sight color bands and is comfortable working independently. Ability to communicate well with staff and general public is critical, as well as good Record-keeping and organizational skills.
Background check and valid driver's license is required. Preferred applicants possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field and a strong interest in endangered species recovery.
Please submit a resume, 3 references and a cover letter that includes an estimate of the number of birds personally banded to: Causeyc@dnr.sc.gov. Application review will begin immediately.