Spruce grouse fall field technicians – Maine

University of Maine – Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Conservation Biology
Northern Maine (Piscataquis County)
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
~ $12 per hour, DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Two field technicians are needed during the late summer and early autumn (mid-August [somewhat flexible] through October) to assist with graduate research aimed at understanding spruce grouse ecology in the Acadian forest region of Maine. Specifically, we seek to understand how forest management practices in commercially managed forests influence spruce grouse populations. To meet these goals, we are collecting data on nest success, brood success, and survival and are currently completing the 6th year fieldwork on this project. The fall fieldwork is especially important because it will allow us to determine the possible causes of lower survival rates during the fall and is a productive time to capture and radio-mark spruce grouse. In addition to the management-oriented objectives, during the fall we are also investigating why male spruce grouse display during the autumn (nonbreeding season).

Primary duties include, but are not limited to, monitoring movements and survival using VHF telemetry, capturing and marking spruce grouse, conducting behavioral trials to evaluate courtship and/or competitive behavior, vegetation sampling, and data entry.

The field site is in Piscataquis County, Maine (directly west of Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin). The field camp is located approximately one hour from the nearest town (Millinocket, Maine), and due to the remote location, we have limited connectivity (e.g. no cell phone service and spotty Internet). On-site housing is provided in camper trailers that have most necessary amenities but life at camp is still somewhat “rustic living.”
Successful applicants must have:
•Prior field experience working on biological/ecological studies (ideally also a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology or related field). Strong preference will be given to those that have previous experience with radio telemetry and avian capture and handling.
•A strong work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
•Competence in navigating using a GPS and map/compass and ability to hike through difficult terrain (thick woods and bogs).
•Valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.

The deadline for applications is 14 July 2017, but applications will be reviewed as they are received. To apply please email and attach a single document which includes your 1) cover letter, 2) resume/CV, and 3) contact information for 3 references to Joel Tebbenkamp at joel.tebbenkamp@maine.edu

Please use your name in the file attached and use the position title as the subject in your email.
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Joel Tebbenkamp
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