SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is seeking to hire 2 TIDAL MARSH BIRD BANDING AND NEST SEARCHING TECHNICIANS (arrive May 27, depart mid to late August) to assist in the study of the breeding ecology of endemic tidal marsh birds, focusing on Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows in New York. This is the 6th field season of the project and this year we will focus on collecting habitat and nesting data as a pre-monitoring study for an upcoming tidal marsh restoration project. Responsibilities will include: daily nest searching/monitoring and vegetation sampling, regular mist-netting (systematic and targeting nets) and use of RFID technology, banding and bleeding, camera trap application at nests, and daily data entry/proofing. Data retrieved will be part of a large-scale project called SHARP (see www.tidalmarshbirds.org), investigating the status and distribution of tidal marsh bird species on the North Atlantic coast.
Technician will work cooperatively as part of a small team, and be supervised by a graduate student. Free housing in New York City, a competitive stipend of $480/week, and work vehicles will be provided along with the opportunity to enjoy seldom seen wild places and explore NYC in your free time.
Candidates must have at least 6 months field research experience and extensive experience handling and extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, and taking morphological measurements. Experience taking brachial blood samples is a bonus. Applicants should enjoy the challenging task of nest searching/monitoring and be able to learn to identify and measure tidal marsh plant species. Qualified candidates must have meticulous data collection skills, good inter-personal skills, and the ability to work independently. Applicants must possess a valid driver's license and be willing to occasionally drive a work vehicle in city traffic. Candidates should expect long work days (beginning pre-dawn) 6 days a week in challenging field conditions (wet and muddy, high heat/humidity and biting insects) and daily data entry/proofing.
Please send in PDF or Word format: 1) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant experience, approximate number of birds extracted and banded, dates of availability, and the reason you are interested in this position; 2) a resume/CV (including current educational status and GPA); and 3) contact information (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for 3 references that can attest to your experience and suitability to this position to Alison Kocek, at , with TIDAL MARSH BIRD TECHNICIAN in the subject line, by 21 February 2016. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.