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30 de julio de 2012

Several job offers for ornithologists (OSNA)

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BANDING AND EDUCATION INTERN at Alaska Bird Observatory. Website: http://www.alaskabird.org Location: Fairbanks, AK. Duration: 6 August - 30 September. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 1 Aug 2012. Job Description: This position will assist with avian research and education projects conducted by the Alaska Bird Observatory (ABO), primarily the operation of the Creamer’s Field Migration Station. The intern will work under the direction of ABO’s Migration Program Manager and Education Director. ABO staff will provide training in: bird banding & mist netting techniques, bird identification, passerine aging & sexing techniques, collecting phenology data, and environmental education teaching skills. This position will be about 8 weeks in duration and will be offered from August 6–September 30, 2012. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Duties include: operating mist nets, monitoring and removing birds from mist nets, recording data, leading 1-hour school programs (2 per day), station maintenance, greeting visitors, collecting phenology data, and entering all data in a manner that is consistent with ABO procedures. Interns who excel in their work performance and progress in their knowledge of passerines will receive training in banding, and aging and sexing techniques. Research & monitoring (40%); environmental education and community interaction (40%); data summarization and entry (10%); and banding station logistics (10%). Qualifications: Applicants must possess a demonstrated interest in ornithology and environmental education, excellent oral communication skills, a strong work ethic, meticulous approach to collecting and recording data, positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, and a genuine desire to gain experience in bird identification, banding, and environmental education. Applicants should also possess good manual dexterity, excellent eyesight, and should be in good physical condition. Applicants must be able to access all of ABO’s mist nets, wade through waist-deep water, make common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), have a high tolerance for dense mosquito activity, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. In addition, this position requires many early mornings (starting at 5:30 AM). To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, names and phone numbers of three references, and an ABO application (available online atwww.alaskabird.org) to TRICIA BLAKE, Alaska Bird Observatory, 418 Wedgewood Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99701, or electronically in Microsoft Word format (EM: tblake AT alaskabird.org). This position is open until filled.

VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS are needed for the study of mate choice in satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) conducted by Dr. Gerald Borgia’s lab at the University of Maryland, College Park (URL: http://www.life.umd.edu/biology/borgialab/). The Wallaby Creek study site is located in northeastern New South Wales, Australia. This is a long-term study of mate choice, which follows the success of male bower holders and female visitation at bowers. Assistants are needed from early September through late-October (specific dates to be determined). Assistants must arrange for travel to and from the field site. This is an unpaid, volunteer position, though we will provide food and lodging at the site. Tasks assistants will perform include, locating bowers, trapping bowerbirds, clearing trails and assisting with data collection. The work is very physically demanding and assistants must be focused, patient, and flexible in their requirements. We are seeking assistants with excellent observation, navigation, data collection, and organization skills. Some laboratory experience is also preferred but not required. Interested applicants should send (via e-mail) a cover letter, CV/resume and e-mail addresses of three references to: JOSHUA KINER (EM: jkiner AT umd.com), University of Maryland, College Park.
FIELD RESEARCHERS NEEDED – Cooperation in Sparrow Weaver Societies, Kalahari desert, South Africa. 3 positions: approx 1st Oct 2012 – 30th April 2013. We are seeking three enthusiastic research assistants to join our team studying white-browed sparrow weavers in the Kalahari desert, South Africa. The project is investigating the social dynamics of cooperative breeding, by asking evolutionary and mechanistic questions about parenting, cooperation and dispersal. The project is led by Andy Young, University of Exeter, and is based in Tswalu Kalahari Reserve where we have been studying 30+ groups for the past 3 years. For more information on the sparrow weaver project see www.animalsocieties.org The positions are for the duration of the peak breeding season (1st Oct – 30th Apr; though dates are somewhat flexible). The fieldwork will involve the collection of key behavioural and life-history data from eggs, chicks and birds, and the capture and processing of adult birds. Applicants should be enthusiastic, hardworking and physically fit biologists who hold a driving licence. Previous field experience (particularly any bird handling/ringing experience) is desirable, but not essential – training in all field skills will be provided. Food and accommodation expenses will be covered while in the field and a contribution can also be made towards travel costs. Please email a CV & covering letter ASAP to ANDY YOUNG (but by 30th July latest) (EM: a.j.young AT exeter.ac.uk, URL: http://www.animalsocieties.org).

POST-DOC: RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER DEMOGRAPHY AND MOVEMENT at University of Missouri. Website:http://quinnkesler.net Location: Columbia, MO. Duration: 1+ years. Job Type: Post-doc. Application Deadline: 3 Aug 2012. Job Description: We are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct a study of movements and resource use in endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. The postdoc will synthesize information from locations throughout the birds' range, and use those data to identify conditions associated with robust populations. At a finer scale, movement data will be used to study resource selection and ranging behavior. The research will likely appeal most to candidates interested in demography, movement, conservation, and the synthesis of the three. Qualifications: The successful candidate will be sponsored by Jeff Walters (Virginia Tech) and Dylan Kesler (University of Missouri), and he or she will be employed in the Avian Conservation Laboratory at the University of Missouri. Annual salary is $42,000 and full benefits are included. Current funding is available for one year but extensions may be possible. Applicants need to have completed a Ph.D., and possess a broad range of interests and associated skills. Research will require substantial familiarity with geographic information systems, databases, and statistical tools. Candidates should have demonstrated abilities with quantitative modeling, interests in demographic processes, and the ability to make occasional field visits and trips to work with collaborators. Further, candidates must be able to communicate effectively in English, in public, and with a range of cooperators from private and public institutions. To Apply: Applicants should email a brief letter of interest, CV, and the names and contact information for three references to (EM: keslerd AT missouri DOT edu). For additional information please visit http://quinnkesler.net andhttp://www.biosci.missouri.edu/avianecology.

EXPERIENCED PASSERINE BANDERS (2) needed for fall migration-monitoring project at St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada. One can expect to catch a good variety of warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, vireos and thrushes; even the odd northern rarity at this small 14-net Station. Banders must have experience extracting birds from mist-nets, as well as handling and identifying passerines. Positions involve daily banding, data entry and minor net maintenance. One five-week position to start near the end of August, one four-week position to start around September 1st. Accommodation provided at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre (URL: http://www.huntsmanmarine.ca) and successful applicants will be eligible for a $300/week stipend. Having one’s own vehicle is very useful. Please submit a letter of interest, plus two references to TRACEY DEAN (EM: tdean AT huntsmanmarine.ca), outlining your previous banding experience including number of birds banded and extracted, and ability to identify birds in the hand.

RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER DEMOGRAPHY AND MOVEMENT at University of Missouri. Website: http://quinnkesler.netLocation: Columbia, MO. Duration: 1+ years. Job Type: Post-doc. Application Deadline: 3 Aug 2012. Job Description: We are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conduct a study of movements and resource use in endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. The postdoc will synthesize information from locations throughout the birds' range, and use those data to identify conditions associated with robust populations. At a finer scale, movement data will be used to study resource selection and ranging behavior. The research will likely appeal most to candidates interested in demography, movement, conservation, and the synthesis of the three. Qualifications: The successful candidate will be sponsored by Jeff Walters (Virginia Tech) and Dylan Kesler (University of Missouri), and he or she will be employed in the Avian Conservation Laboratory at the University of Missouri. Annual salary is $42,000 and full benefits are included. Current funding is available for one year but extensions may be possible. Applicants need to have completed a Ph.D., and possess a broad range of interests and associated skills. Research will require substantial familiarity with geographic information systems, databases, and statistical tools. Candidates should have demonstrated abilities with quantitative modeling, interests in demographic processes, and the ability to make occasional field visits and trips to work with collaborators. Further, candidates must be able to communicate effectively in English, in public, and with a range of cooperators from private and public institutions. To Apply: Applicants should email a brief letter of interest, CV, and the names and contact information for three references to (EM: keslerd AT missouri DOT edu). For additional information please visit (URL: http://quinnkesler.net andhttp://www.biosci.missouri.edu/avianecology).

MS OR PHD GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS at Alabama A&M University. Location: Huntsville, Alabama. Duration: Depends. Job Type: Student. Number of Openings: 1-3. Application Deadline: 15 Aug /2012. Job Description: We are seeking graduate candidates to study avian and herpetofaunal ecology. Potential projects include (1) migratory songbird stopover ecology, (2) avian breeding ecology, and (3) herpetofaunal ecology, with (2) and (3) are in response to forest management practices (such as prescribed fire and logging). All project location will be in northern Alabama. These research projects are parts of a long-term research jointly implemented by Alabama A&M University and USDA Forest Service, examining forest ecosystem functions and responses including biological communities, biogeochemistry, landscape ecology, and human interactions under anthropogenic disturbances Qualifications: The project is field intensive; applicants should be physically fit, able to endure working in variable weather conditions with exposure to biting insects, etc; a valid driver license with good records is required. The graduate students need be able to work independent, supervise interns, and interact with other term members and agencies and landowners. Field experiences in related fields such as bird mist netting and banding, bird survey, herpetofaunal capture and handling, and radio-tracking are strongly preferred. To Apply: A $20,000-22,000/year stipend will be provided depending on experience and the level of graduate study. Field equipment and a field vehicle will be provided. Candidates can start immediately as interns and register as graduate students in spring 2012. For additional information, please call DR. YOND WANG (PH:  256-372-4229, EM: yong.wang AT aamu.edu) at the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and two reference letters to DR. YONG WANG (EM: yong.wang AT aamu.edu).

BIRD BANDER at University of Utah. Website: http://www.sekercioglu.org Location: Rio Mesa Field Station, Moab, UT. Duration: 3 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 15 Aug 2012. Job Description: University of Utah Bird Monitoring Project. University of Utah biology professor Cagan Sekercioglu is conducting a bird monitoring project at the University of Utah Rio Mesa field station. URL: http://www.riomesa.utah.edu/) This is an opportunity to band birds in a spectacular landscape that are off-limits to the public. Last fall, we recorded over 100 species, including the first Pacific-slope Flycatcher for Utah. A bander-in-charge is required to operate a passerine migration monitoring station between August 15 – November 1, 2012. Additional volunteer banders may be accommodated. Qualifications: A qualified candidate is expected to have substantial experience in ageing, sexing, banding, and mist-netting western North American passerines. Supervision and training of volunteers, data quality control and data entry are among duties required of the bander. The station will be open every day weather permitting. Compensation: $500/month plus room and board for an experienced bird bander with an active BBL banding license. Volunteers with relevant bird banding experience may also apply. To Apply: Email (EM: c.s AT utah.edu).

INTRODUCTORY RAPTOR FIELD TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP–Boise State University and the Idaho Bird Observatory are offering an introductory raptor field techniques workshop in Boise, Idaho, on the weekend of September 21-23, 2012. This weekend should encompass the peak timing in raptor migration and will also offer the highest diversity in raptor species and age class compositions. Field sessions will be held at Lucky Peak in the Boise foothills, which supports one of the largest known raptor migrations in the western U.S. during autumn. Species we will likely observe include Sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Northern Harrier and other possibilities (Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, etc.). The workshop is well suited for anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification, trapping, and banding, including students, birders, naturalists, biological consultants, and agency personnel. The workshop will concentrate on raptor field identification, raptor trapping and raptor banding techniques. Classroom powerpoint sessions will include lessons on raptor field identification including long-range ID tips. We will demonstrate various raptor trapping techniques (mist nets, bow nets, Dho-Ghazas), how to use species behavior for trapping strategies, and demonstrate the entire banding process. Participants will be involved, but should not expect to become certified banders by the end of the workshop. Transportation will be provided to and from the Lucky Peak field site each day from Boise. Meals and lodging are the responsibility of those participating, though we are happy to provide recommendations. FREE camping with the full-time field crew at Lucky Peak is available. This would allow for observation of our nocturnal Northern Saw-whet and Flammulated Owls banding program for those interested. Enrollment is LIMITED to 10 people. Register soon, as last years workshop filled up quickly! The cost of the workshop is $325. A large portion of this will be a donation to the Idaho Bird Observatory, a non-profit 501 c(3), for which you will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes. See our website: http://www.idahobirdobservatory.org For a PDF with more information and a tentative schedule, or for questions, or to register for the workshop, contact JESSICA POLLOCK (EM: jessicapollock AT boisestate.edu PH:  208-426-2225).

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: Long Point Waterfowl seeks a Post-doctoral Research Associate to join their growing team of researchers. The primary purpose of Long Point Waterfowl is to study the ecology and requirements of waterfowl that stage, winter and breed on the lower Great Lakes. Long Point Waterfowl also monitors trends in the distribution and abundance of waterfowl, performs research on waterfowl habitats, and generates information useful for management purposes. Long Point Waterfowl is located in Port Rowan, Ontario on the shores of Lake Erie and provides substantial opportunities for outdoor activities. Nearby urban centers include Simcoe (pop. = 15,000) and London (366,000). The Research Associate would be responsible for development and delivery of innovative radio-telemetry projects (American Black Ducks, Mallards, and Wood Ducks) at Long Point and Lake St. Clair, Ontario, Canada. In addition, the selected individual will be expected to develop publications (e.g., manuscripts, technical reports, and popular articles), write funding grants, assist graduate students in the field and office, and participate in undergraduate and graduate level education as needed. A PhD in Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a closely related field and experience in natural resource and applied research is required. Knowledge of North American wetland and waterfowl ecology and management is preferred. This is a 6-month term position; extension of the position is dependent upon the individual applying for and obtaining an NSERC Industrial Post-graduate Scholarship during the initial term of the contract. The position is expected to begin approximately 1 January 2013. The Research Associate will report to the Long Point Waterfowl Scientist and the Executive Director. We are offering a competitive salary as well as housing at the Long Point Waterfowl Research and Education Centre. Please send your application including a cover letter, CV with three references, and a copy of your transcripts to DR. MICHAEL SCHUMMER, (EM: mschummer AT longpointwaterfowl.org). We also seek nominations/recommendations of individuals from professionals with University, Industrial, Government, and Non-profit organizations. The position is open until filled. For more information call  585-319-6763,http://www.longpointwaterfowl.org

WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR POSITION – Save Our Shearwaters. The Kauai Humane Society (KHS), through its Save Our Shearwaters (SOS) program, seeks an experienced Wildlife Rehabilitator to aid in its wild bird response and recovery effort. SOS, a 30-year program, was formerly operated by the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife on Kauai. The focus avian species of this project include Newell’s Shearwater, Hawaiian Petrel, and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel. These are state and federally listed seabirds that suffer from light attraction when fledging out to sea. The SOS Program seeks to band and release all grounded fledgling seabirds (initially rescued by concerned citizens) and successfully return them to sea in the best possible condition. Heavy fledgling fallout primarily occurs between September and December, but the SOS program responds to fallout from adult seabirds and aids other native water birds outside of this period. Some of the grounded birds require rehabilitation before release if found in a compromised condition. The others are processed (banded, weighed and measured,) by the SOS program team and released. The duties of the Wildlife Rehabilitator include the following: **Participates in all wildlife care duties and the daily operation of the center, including rescue and rehabilitation of native wildlife. **Work in a humane, professional, and responsible manner, and encourage by teaching and example, other staff and volunteers to show the same qualities **Maintain operations in accordance to the SOS Procedure Manual and in conjunction with IWRC/NWRA minimum standards and best practices for wildlife rehabilitation. **Maintain the sanitation and husbandry for the intake clinic and holding room, in addition to outdoor enclosures and pool systems **Direct and/or assist in the modification of all seabird-related facilities as needed. **Contributes to the yearly update of the SOS Procedure Manual **Assists in Kauai’s native avifauna and SOS outreach and education activities **Monitor and organize food, medications, and cleaning supplies and reorders as needed with assistance of Coordinator and KHS Veterinary Staff **Promptly greets all visitors in a courteous and professional manner and assists them with SOS program information and services. **Treats all animals humanely, professionally, and with compassion. A typical work week will consist of 40+ hours. Flexibility with the work week and days off is a must. On-call duties and evening/weekend shifts will also be incorporated into this position during the off-season when necessary. The Wildlife Rehabilitator must be comfortable working with a wide range of programs and personnel housed by the Humane Society. The Wildlife Rehabilitator will be responsible for transportation to Kauai, in addition to finding appropriate housing. Required qualifications: A college degree in biology or wildlife or a related field. **At least two years experience working in wildlife rehabilitation with avian experience necessary. Previous experience with seabirds, specifically procellarids, preferred. **Computer skills including Word, Excel, and preferably Access and GIS. **Valid driver’s license with a good driving record. **Good communication skills. **Ability to work under pressure and without direct supervision. **Previous experience working with and supervising volunteers. **Must be able to handle physically rigorous work in a warm/hot climate including the ability to lift and carry 20 lbs. **Must be flexible and capable of working independently and as a team. **Must be able to live and work on a relatively secluded and rural island. Additional Qualifications: Bird banding experience (seabird-specific a strong consideration) Completion of IWRC’s Basic rehabilitation course 1AB desired. **Animal health technician training preferred. Knowledge of Hawaiian wildlife and natural history preferred SOS will seek applicants with an ability to work independently, in a group of two (with the SOS coordinator) as well as with a staff of up to 5 seasonal technicians. The rehabilitator must also have the ability to trouble-shoot when concerns arise. SOS also hopes to find applicants who have specifically worked with state and/or federally listed species. Application Deadline: August 10. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Start Date: Position is available now and will remain open until filled. This is a paid, full time, permanent position. Salary commensurate with experience. Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to (EM: tracy AT kauaihumane.org).

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