Research Technician – Birds and Small Mammals – South Texas

Agency
Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M University
Location
Hebbronville, TX and Port Mansfield, TX
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$14 per hour
Start Date
01/27/2023
Last Date to Apply
12/10/2022
Website
https://rwfm.tamu.edu/
Description
Last date to apply 12/10/2022 (Applications are considered as they are received, hiring may close before then) We are currently hiring 10 crew members to be involved in two different long-term monitoring projects that will collectively span approximately 6 months. This position will begin on the 27th of January and continue through mid July. Small Mammals (45%) The first project spanning 2.5 months will consist of trapping small mammals for a capture-recapture project. Previous trapping experience is preferred, however hands on training will be provided prior to trapping. Technicians must be comfortable manually removing live animals from traps, and marking them accordingly. During this time period, technicians will be required to work mornings and evenings, 5 days a week, with most weekends off weather permitting. Duties include, but are not limited to: (1) establishing small mammal trapping grids, using gps, compass, and measuring tape (2) baiting traps (3) handling and marking small mammals with PIT tags (4) taking field notes (5) entering data into a database (6) and cleaning traps. Birds (45%) The second project will span 3 months and will consist of bird point counts, productivity monitoring, and basic vegetation sampling. The East Foundation ranches have a unique bird community, consisting of desert, scrubland, tropical, coastal and migrant birds. Previous point count experience is highly preferred, though specific southern Texas bird experience is not required. For productivity monitoring, nest searching experience, patience, and good observation skills are beneficial. This part of the project will require early morning (4-5am) days typically ending at 12-1pm. Technicians will work 5 days a week with weekends off. Duties include: (1) identifying avian species by sight and sound (2) navigating point-count and productivity monitoring plots with GPS (3) attentively observing breeding behavior of birds (4) hiking up to 7 km daily through sometimes dense vegetation between sampling points (5) taking field notes, (6) and entering data into a database. Other Duties (10%) Technicians will also be expected to clean and maintain equipment, vehicles, and living quarters, enter and proof data for quality, occasionally prepare reports summarizing field efforts, assist graduate students with additional data collection, and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications
Qualifications: B.S. or B.A. in a wildlife related field. Ability to navigate using GPS. Ability to follow correct protocols in order to collect and record accurate field data. Basic knowledge of spreadsheet and database software. Ability to work long, irregular hours, usually starting before sunrise. Ability to walk long distances and carry heavy loads. Ability and willingness to operate 4WD trucks and XUVs on and off ranch roads. Applicants should be comfortable working outside in both cold and wet, and hot and humid conditions, and working in extremely thorny vegetation among venomous snakes (snake guards provided) and mosquitoes. Should be enthusiastic about working and living closely with other technicians in remote locations. Preference will be given to applicants with proven bird identification skills. Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information (email & phone number) for 3 references in a single PDF document to Madeleine Thornley Barham at madeleine.thornley@tamu.edu with the subject title “Application: Monitoring Crew 2023.”
Contact Person
Madeleine Thornley Barham
Contact eMail
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