Field assistants for conservation of an endangered butterfly ~ Bioblogia.net

16 de febrero de 2012

Field assistants for conservation of an endangered butterfly

April - June 2012
Two full time-limited term field assistant positions (Approximately April 1
st - June 30th) are available at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge.
Dallas, Oregon. Assistants will contribute to an ongoing, collaborative
project investigating habitat management for rare butterflies. This project
will specifically focus on the effects of burning, as a management tool, on
the Fender’s blue butterfly (*Icaricia icarioides fenderi*)
http://www.xerces.org/fenders-blue/. The position provides an excellent
opportunity to develop skills related to fire ecology and butterfly
biology. These positions are affiliated with Cheryl Schultz’s lab at WSU
Vancouver. Positions pay $10/hr

*Major responsibilities:* Locating, delineating and using GPS equipment to
record the location of host plant patches. Surveying patches of lupine for
the caterpillars and eggs of Fender’s blue butterfly. Studying behavior
(movement, nectaring, oviposition) of adult Fender’s blue butterflies.
Conducting surveys to assess the effects of fire on vegetation structure
and nectar resource abundance

*Skills and Qualifications:* Strong interest in conservation biology,
butterfly biology, entomology and/or field ecology. Attention to detail and
an ability to work independently and as part of a team in a research
environment. Ability to work in hilly terrain under hot, sunny or cool,
rainy conditions for long hours

*Schedule:* Daily and weekly work schedules may fluctuate, sometimes with
little notice. An ability to deal with a flexible work schedule (especially
during adult butterfly flight period) is a must. Butterflies are weather
dependant and Oregon is known for unpredictable weather. Field work will
happen when the weather permits. This may include some weekends.

*Housing/Transportation:* Individuals are responsible for their own housing
and transportation to Baskett Slough NWR.

*Application requirements: *Review of applications will begin on February
21 and continue until positions are filled. Please submit a cover letter
briefly detailing relevant interest and experience, CV and a list of 3
references. Applications (and any questions) should be emailed to Norah
Warchola at (norahwarchola@fas.harvard.edu)

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