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20 de noviembre de 2012

Jobs for ornithologists (OSNA)

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN at USGS Western Ecological Research Center. Website: http://www.werc.usgs.gov/ Location: San Diego, CA. Duration: 5 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: Up to 6. Application Deadline: 31 Jan 2013. Job Description: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIANS (up to 6) needed for ongoing population studies of the endangered Least Bell’s Vireo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and other riparian birds in San Diego County, California. Duties include surveying coastal riparian habitat for vireos and flycatchers, nest monitoring, resighting color banded birds, and vegetation sampling. Additional opportunities include capturing and banding riparian birds at five MAPS and spring migration monitoring stations. Employment dates are 18 March –16 August 2013 (end-date is approximate and flexible). Housing is available at the San Diego State University Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve ($15/day; no pets). Salary ranges from $18-$20/hour depending on experience. Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and must be reliable, self-motivated, in good physical condition, able to work independently in sometimes remote locations, and able to maintain a positive attitude under beautiful but sometimes challenging field conditions that can include dense vegetation, poison oak, rattlesnakes, and biting insects. Applicants must also possess a valid driver’s license, be able to operate 4WD vehicles, and be willing occasionally to use their personal vehicle for travel to field sites when necessary if government vehicles are temporarily unavailable (mileage reimbursed at $0.55/mile). Applicants must have working knowledge of Excel, and be able to navigate in the field using a compass and GPS (Global Positioning System). Experience collecting data with Trimble Juno PDA’s (Personal Digital Assistant) a plus. Preference will be given to applicants holding current endangered species permits authorizing surveying and nest-monitoring of Least Bell’s Vireo and/or Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, or with field experience with these or similar species. Experience handling and banding passerines is also preferred. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing interest and qualifications, a CV or resume, your specific dates of availability, and the names and contact information (including email) of at least two references. Mail/fax/email applications to SUELLEN LYNN, USGS Western Ecological Research Center, San Diego Field Station, 4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92101 (PH:  619-225-6437, FX: 619-225-6436, EM: suellen_lynn AT usgs.gov). Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until positions are filled, but no later than31 Jan 2013.

EVERGLADES FIELD TECHNICIAN at Florida Atlantic University. Website: http://www.science.fau.edu/biology/gawliklab Location: South Florida. Duration: 5-6 months (approx. January through June 2013). Job Type: Seasonal. Application Deadline: 7 Dec 2012. Job Description: One technician needed for a seasonal position (approx. January through June) supporting studies of wading bird prey in the Florida Everglades. Duties include field sampling of fish and macro-invertebrates, GIS and GPS data collection, and fish and macro-invertebrate identification and processing in the lab. Sampling will be conducted by helicopter across the entire Everglades system. Technicians will also participate in other ongoing research projects within the lab including wading bird prey selection within nesting colonies. Qualifications: Candidates should have a B.S. in biology, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources or related field. Candidates should be highly motivated, well organized, and able to work long hours in subtropical wetland field conditions (heat, insects, alligators, snakes, etc.) while maintaining a positive attitude. Experience that demonstrates accurate data collection and research skills specific to the positions above is desirable. Salary is ~$2200/month. To Apply: Applications must be received by 7 Dec 2012 and should include in one document (M.S. word or adobe pdf) (1) a cover letter highlighting your experience and interest in the project, (2) the names and contact information for at least 3 references, and (3) a résume or CV. Send applications to: JESSICA KLASSEN (EM: jklassen AT fau.edu), Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANTS needed for field study of Black-throated tits and Silver-throated tits in China at Beijing Normal University; Alabama A&M University. Location: China. Duration: 1-4 months. Job Type: Volunteer. Job Description: Volunteer assistants are needed for field study of the breeding biology and behavior of Black-throated tits and Silver-throated tits in the Dongzhai National Nature Reserve of central China. The project will start in January and will last until the end of May, 2013. Volunteers are welcome to join at any time during the project, but those who can spend at least 4 weeks here are preferred. Main duties include mist-netting and banding birds, searching nest, blood sampling, behavioral observation, watching nest-monitoring videos, data entry, as well as any other possible works involved in the field. Assistants will work with researchers from Beijing Normal University, China and Alabama A&M University, USA. All expenses in China during work period (i.e. housing, foods, and local travels, etc) will be covered, but there is no salary, and the assistants are responsible for their travel to and from China. Volunteers will have opportunities to learn field skills of ornithological research, see many Chinese bird species in the reserve, and experience Chinese tradition and culture. Qualifications: Previous experience with birds is preferred, but not essential. Basic training such as bird banding, behavioral observation, blood sampling, will be provided. Volunteers are expected to have strong interest in birds and animal behavior, physically fit and be willing to work for long and irregular time in the field, and share rooms with team members. Number of Openings: 3. To Apply: To apply and inquire, please contact JIANQIANG LI (EM: lidove.bnu AT gmail.com). Please include a cover letter and a resume when applying, and together with the application we appreciate if the applicants could have 2 recommendation letters directly sent by references to the above email address .

AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS (2) sought for an ongoing study of the behavioral, demographic, and life history implications of climate change and land use change for migratory shorebirds. Field sites are located in Nebraska and South Dakota. Assistants will have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of techniques used in avian field studies while interacting closely with graduate students conducting novel scientific research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Applicants with experience and/or skills in shorebird identification, bird surveys, vegetation surveys, invertebrate sampling, mist-netting and bird handling, and use of spotting scopes are preferred but not required. Additional qualifications include passion for field work, excellent communication skills, ability to live and work in remote and primitive field sites (you must provide your own tent), a strong work ethic, willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions, and demonstrated ability to work well both as a team and individually. State issued driver’s license required. Field season will begin in late March and last 10-12 weeks. Workers will be expected to work 40 hours/week (often including early mornings and weekends) at $9-11/hour DOE. Additional information about research in the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit can be found at http://snr.unl.edu/necoopunit/research.main.html. To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references (including email addresses) to (EM: caitlyn.gillespie AT gmail.com). Application review will begin immediately and will continue until qualified applicants are found. Application deadline: 1 Feb 2013.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, AVIAN BIOLOGIST – The Department of Biology at the State University of New York at New Paltz invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with specialization in avian biology, to begin in Fall 2013. Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to: **teach courses in her/his area of expertise; **develop a course for non-majors; **advise students, and engage in service to the department, the school, and the College; **contribute to the core major requirements of the Biology major including General Biology and other upper level classes; **establish an independent research program involving undergraduate students. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biology or related field is required; exceptional ABD candidates with a firm completion date will be considered. Candidates with expertise in avian behavior, ecology, and/or evolution will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience, and experience working with amateur bird enthusiasts. Applicants should be able to make use of local natural resources (the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill Mountains, and Hudson River Valley). Candidates who bring diverse cultural experience and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise all members of our diverse student population are encouraged to apply. The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer. Recognized regionally for the strength of its academic programs, New Paltz is a highly-selective comprehensive public college of about 7,800 students, offering a variety of undergraduate as well as some graduate degree programs. New Paltz is located 80 miles north of New York City, at the foothills of the Catskill mountains, with easy access to the City and to nearby cultural and recreational amenities. Contact Information: Electronic applications preferred. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, representative publications, separate statements of research interests and teaching philosophy and and three letters of recommendation to (EM: biosearch AT newpaltz.edu). Paper submission may be sent to: Chair, Avian Biologist Search Committee, Office of Human Resources, HAB 203, 1 Hawk Drive, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY 12561-2443. Please note search # F12-18 on all materials submitted. Official transcripts will be required of the successful applicant. Applications accepted until position is filled; priority given to applications received by 15 Jan 2013. Federal Law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three-year period. Please refer to University Police web site for the complete Annual Security Report ("Clery Report") athttp://www.newpaltz.edu/police/securityact.html Candidates may also wish to review the SUNY New Paltz animal care policy available at:http://www.newpaltz.edu/sponsored_programs/policystatementforanimalusage.pdf

ONE FIELD ASSISTANT POSITION available(pending funding); mid March to mid July 2013 on a long-term study of demographic aspects and dispersal of populations of the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis) in Everglades National Park. Duties will include: finding and monitoring nests in grassland habitat, resighting color banded birds, and territory mapping using GPS. Qualified applicants may assist with target-netting and banding of adults and juvenilles. We are looking for applicants who will be detail-oriented, organized, able to work independently and enthusiastic about working in remote locations. Previous nest searching experience is preferred, as well as a love for observing birds and their behavior. Field crew will travel to and from remote study sites via helicopter, or by car and foot to closer sites. Tolerance of insects and humidity is a must for this position. Applicants must provide own transportation to South Florida and, since public transportation is nonexistent, have their own vehicle for getting around town as well as some travel to study suites on well-paved roads. A stipend will be provided in the amount of $1300 month + housing in Everglades National Park. This position will be a fantastic opportunity for the right candidates to work with a federally listed endangered species in one of the most unique national parks in the US. Deadline for applications: When filled. Send a letter of interest, resume, and names, emails and phone numbers of three references by email to MICHELLE DAVIS (EM: vireoojorojo AT hotmail.com).

ASSOCIATE PROJECT MANAGER/WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST – One of ICF’s many offices around the world is Gillette - located in the heart of Wyoming’s energy producing Powder River Basin. The Gillette office is a small, biology-driven office composed of primarily wildlife biologists. The majority of their work is centered around the mining and oil and gas industries in the Rocky Mountain Region. Gillette is an industrial town of approximately 35,000 people, and within driving distance of the famous Black Hills region, Devil’s Tower, and Big Horn Mountains. Nearest cities include Rapid City, SD, Billings, MT, and Casper, WY. Job Description: ICF International is seeking a Full-Time, Entry-Level Associate Project Manager/Wildlife Biologist in Gillette, WY. As an Associate Project Manager, under direct supervision, you will be responsible for maintaining client relationships in the mining and oil and gas development industries, managing budgets and survey schedules for multiple projects, reporting to federal agencies, managing biological and spatial data, and conducting field work which may require working in inclement weather, irregular hours, and extended travel. In addition to being available to clients, project managers must have excellent verbal and written communication skills to produce high quality data and reports in a timely fashion. Project Managers must be able to confidently identify western avian and mammalian species, efficiently organize survey schedules, and maintain professional field notes/data. Field surveys may include ground and aerial surveys for bald eagles, sage and sharp-tailed grouse, and big game, as well as mountain plover, waterfowl, raptors, prairie dog, and migratory bird surveys. Project Managers are required to be up-to-date on federally listed and threatened species, as well of species of concern for local regions. Most survey areas are in remote locations, so project managers are required to be available for long-distance travel, in addition to being self-reliant, extremely comfortable with four-wheel drive and manual transmission trucks and ATVs, navigating using topographic maps, and able to hike long distances. Problem solving, organization, and multi-tasking skills are a must in this fast-paced environment. Key Responsibilities: **Maintaining client relationships; **Wildlife Surveys**Project management including:**reporting**scheduling**managing budgets; **Data collection and management. Basic Qualifications: **Minimum of B.S. Degree in Wildlife Biology or closely related field with additional 2+ years relevant experience; **Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills; **Sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information; **Ability to schedule and multi-task in a fast-paced environment; **Self-reliant and highly motivated individual, with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work long hours; **Proficient in navigation using topographic maps and GPS.; **Able to travel for up to one week at a time, and be in the field for extended periods of time.; **Have solid western avian and mammalian identification skills.; **Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel); **Must have a valid driver's license and able to operate four-wheel-drive, manual transmission trucks and All Terrain Vehicles (ATV's). Preferred Skills/Experience: **M.S. Degree in Wildlife Biology or closely related field; **Experience in environmental consulting and energy industry; **Experience with Microsoft Access, Esri ArcGIS, AutoCAD; **Familiar with Wyoming landscape and strong knowledge of short-grass prairie/shrub-steppe vegetation. About ICF International: Employees of ICF International have the opportunity to utilize their skills and grow in areas of interest to become more than just an employee – but rather, a professional with a passion-driven career! ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy and climate change; environment and infrastructure; health, human services, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. ICF fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. More than 3,500 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF International is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/D/V Find out more about ICF International at (URL: http://www.icfi.com). ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. ICF International is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/D/V. To apply or review a listing of other career opportunities at ICF, please visit our Career Center (URL: http://www.icfi.com/careers/) or email cover letter and resume to MICHAEL BLACKMORE (EM: Michael.Blackmore ATicfi.com).

FIELD VOLUNTEERS FOR THE KEKOLDI HAWKWATCH Website: http://www.kekoldicr.org Location: South Caribbean, Talamanca, Costa Rica. Duration: 15-February / 1-May. Job Type: Volunteer / Temporary. Job Description: The Kèköldi Bird Conservation and Monitoring Program in Talamanca, Costa Rica is seeking volunteers for the Migratory Raptor Count, Spring Season 2013 from February 15-May 1, 2013. The study site is located in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica, between Puerto Viejo and Cahuita National Park, Limon Province (southern Caribbean coast). The Kèköldi Hawk Watch was established in 2000 and is located in the Kèköldi Indigenous Reserve, a 6000 ha reserve of primary and secondary forests and cocoa plantations with incredible biodiversity including over 330 species of birds. Kèköldi is the second place only after Veracruz, Mexico to have the most concentrated flight of migratory raptors in the world (3.5 million raptors during the fall season on a single site) and one of the few active tropical hawkwatches. It is also the largest known migration monitoring site for Peregrine Falcons and Plumbeous Kites. Observations are made from an 11m canopy tower in the reserve. Volunteers must be physically fit and willing to work long hours under hot and humid conditions. Maintaining enthusiasm and sense of humor are important! Candidates will be required to work in teams. Some Spanish knowledge is important but not obligatory. The program provides training in Bird ID (raptors and passerines) data collection protocol and estimating large numbers of migratory birds. Volunteer responsibilities include identifying and tallying migrating raptors, flight interpretation to visitors and data entry. This is an extraordinary opportunity for biologists, birdwatchers and hawk counters to witness a phenomenal migration in a region with some of the richest biodiversity in all the country. Students! It’s a great opportunity to build your resume, work as part of an international field crew, improve your field work skills and increase your knowledge of Neotropical bird ecology. There is also flexibility to conduct your own research project or incorporate as a practicum or internship. There is a non-refundable inscription fee of USD$100 which covers all logistics and training. The volunteer fee is USD$750 for the first month and USD$500 fee for additional month of volunteering. This fee covers all meals, lodging at the scientific center and bird monitoring. All your money goes to the Kèköldi people. We hope you will join us in participating in this very exciting and very important long-term monitoring program! Contact: PABLO PORRAS, Costa Rica Raptor Foundation (EM: pporras AT rapacesdecostarica.com, PH:  +506.88415999)

SPRING HAWKWATCHER - TUSSEY MOUNTAIN (URL: http://www.tusseymountainspringhawkwatch.org). Location: State College, PA Duration: 2 months Job Type: Seasonal Application Deadline: 12/31/12 Job Description: Duties include conducting the daily count, interacting with visitors, completion of field data forms, and posting daily results to HawkCount. Site access requires 4-5 mile drive (on State Rds) up the mountain, followed by a short (<1 a="a" acts="acts" along="along" ambassador="ambassador" an="an" and="and" apply:="apply:" as="as" at="at" be="be" bird="bird" but="but" club="club" collecting="collecting" college="college" count="count" counter="counter" cover="cover" dan="dan" data="data" dependent="dependent" distance="distance" educating="educating" email="email" experience="experience" for="for" from="from" hike="hike" housing="housing" interacting="interacting" interested="interested" letter="letter" list="list" may="may" mile="mile" minimum="minimum" month.="month." nbsp="nbsp" of="of" ombalski="ombalski" on="on" people="people" per="per" provided="provided" reference="reference" resume="resume" ridge="ridge" short="short" site.="site." span="span" state="state" stipend="stipend" that="that" the="the" to="to" top="top" trail.="trail." visit.="visit." will="will">msn.com). Applications will be reviewed as accepted, and job may be offered ahead of the application deadline. Qualifications: Applicant must be have prior experience with raptors, and prior hawkwatch experience is preferred. Early season weather is often harsh and very cold, with few people visiting the site in these conditions. A dedicated, self-motivated individual who can both; work well with people and endure cold conditions is a must. Must have a valid drivers license and or provide transportation to and from the hawkwatch location.

SEASIDE SPARROW FIELD ASSISTANTS at Louisiana State University AgCenter Location: Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Duration: 3.5 months. Job Type: Seasonal. Number of Openings: 4. Application Deadline: 3 Jan 2013. Job Description: Seeking four field assistants for studies of Seaside Sparrow, 15 March – 30 June, 2013. Duties may include assisting with capture/banding birds, taking blood samples, finding/monitoring nests, monitoring predators, and data management. Stipend is equivalent to $1280 - $1800/month, depending on qualifications. Housing is provided. Qualifications: Experience with mist-nets, nest-searching, resighting color-banded birds, taking blood samples, trapping small mammals, and managing field data desirable. Ability to trailer and pilot a small boat highly desirable for one of the positions. Motivation is a primary consideration: the work is hard and demanding. Field assistants will be expected to work both independently and cooperatively, be self-motivated and demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills, and be willing to do minor manipulative research with animals. A demonstrated ability to work in hot and often buggy environments is required. LSU AgCenter is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and a list of 3 references (with phone #s and/or email addresses) to: DR. CHRISTY BERGEON BURNS (EM: cbergeon AT indiana.edu), or LSU AgCenter - Renewable Natural Resources Bldg. Rm 227, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified. Interested applicants should submit applications as soon as possible.

EXPERIENCED FIELD ASSISTANTS at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. Website: http://www.orn.mpg.de/159079/Research_Group_Dingemanse Location: Seewiesen, Germany. Duration: 5 months - approx. 10 March to 15 August 2013. Job Type: Volunteer. Number of Openings: 3. Job description: The field assistants will help collect breeding and behavioral data on Great Tits (Parus major). The research focuses primarily on identifying how natural and sexual selection act on animal personalities and behavioral plasticity. Assistants will work closely with a large, international team consisting of several post-docs, PhD and Master students, as well as other assistants. Field work is physically demanding, and involves walking over hilly terrain for long days outdoors in all weather conditions. The breeding season is intense and with typically only 1 day off per week. Duties include behavioral observations, nest monitoring, bird handling (banding, bleeding, measuring), data entry and data management. Qualifications: Candidates should have a BSc in Biology or a related field. Candidates must have experience with bird handling (preferably with small passerines), including ringing and measuring. Ideal candidates are highly motivated, well organized and able to work independently, while at the same time able to function well in a big group. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be experienced in operating vehicles with manual transmission. Non-EU applicants should make sure that they are eligible for an extended stay in Europe. Accepted assistants should be vaccinated against Tick Borne Encephalitis (TBE or FSME) before arriving in Seewiesen. Applicants should also be aware that Lyme disease (carried by ticks) is prevalent in the area and should inform themselves about this disease beforehand. This is an unpaid position. However, housing is provided in group accommodations. To Apply: Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled and should include (1) a statement of relevant experience, (2) a short resume or CV, and (3) contact information for two references. Send applications to: JAN WIJMENGA (EM: jwijmenga AT orn.mpg.de). We will begin reviewing applications from 7 January 2013 and continue until the position are filled.

PROFESSOR AND CHAIR – Location: Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (Ifas), University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611-0430. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 5 January 2013. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Chair provides program leadership and administrative support to the teaching, research, and extension functions of the Department. Administrative responsibilities include: program development and coordination; budgetary and personnel management; faculty recruitment; liaison with state, federal and international agencies, professional and non-governmental organizations, and cooperating units within the University; and promotion of external funding opportunities for the Department. The Chair must work effectively with IFAS administrators on program planning and implementation. Regular interaction with undergraduate and graduate programs is encouraged. QUALIFICATIONS: The Chair must have an earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in an ecological science or natural resource management discipline; demonstrated leadership abilities and administrative skills; a strong research, teaching, or extension background and an outstanding record of program accomplishments; proven communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and external stakeholders. The Chair must have a strong commitment to administrative duties and responsibilities, and abilities necessary to lead a top quality wildlife department in the 21st century, such as skills in fund-raising, public and alumni relations, and programmatic innovation. The candidate must have an interest and experience in fostering cooperative relations within the university and at state, federal and international levels, and must understand the mission of a land-grant university. TO APPLY: Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit: -Application, -Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, -Curriculum vitae, -Contact information (including phone numbers) for 5 references.

MAINE SUMMER SEABIRD RESEARCHERS – Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge needs several field researchers (island supervisors and technicians) to monitor seabird colonies on islands along the Maine coast. Seabird species to be studied include: common, Arctic, and roseate terns, common eider, laughing gulls, black guillemot, Leach's storm-petrel, Atlantic puffin, and razorbills. While living on the islands, researchers will: conduct an annual census of all nesting seabird species, monitor productivity, observe chick feedings, trap and band adult seabirds, band chicks, read adult bands, and monitor predators and competitors. We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living with other researchers on remote islands, often under harsh weather conditions. Prior experience with bird identification and seabird ecology preferred, but not required; self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of field work (long hours) are a must. Dates: May 6 - August 9, 2013 (six positions), and May 21 - August 9, 2013 (four positions). Salary: $300 to $370 per week (varies with level of supervision). Housing provided. To Apply: send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references (name, phone number and email address) by February 8th to: Maine Coastal Islands NWR, P.O. Box 1735, 9 Water Street, Rockland, ME 04841 or email (EM: Michael_Langlois ATfws.gov). For more information, call Maine Coastal Islands NWR (PH:  207-594-0600 ext.3).

MAINE SUMMER SEABIRD RESEARCH with Trapping Experience – Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge is seeking two field researchers (technicians) to implement predator control efforts and monitor seabird colonies on islands along the Maine coast. Predator control efforts primarily focus on removing mink and limiting gull predation on nesting seabirds. We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living with one other researcher on a remote island, often under harsh weather conditions. Prior hunting and trapping experience is preferred. Self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. Technician will assist with ongoing seabird restoration activities when not conducting predator control duties. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and be able to navigate challenging terrain on foot. Dates: May 6 - July 26, 2013 (one position) and May 21 - August 9, 2013 (one position). Salary: $295 per week. Housing (Cabin) provided. To Apply: send a cover letter, and describe your experience at nest-searching (include description of kinds of habitats and bird species) and any small mammal trapping done, plus resume, and contact information for 3 references (name, phone number and email address) by February 8th to: Maine Coastal Islands NWR, P.O. Box 1735, 9 Water Street, Rockland, ME 04841 or email (EM: Michael_Langlois AT fws.gov). For more information, call Maine Coastal Islands NWR (PH:  207-594-0600 ext.3).

MAPS BANDERS-IN-CHARGE IN CANADA: Open to Canadian and U.S. Citizens only. Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI;http://www.owlmoon.ca) together with the Institute for Bird Populations (IB) are seeking up to six Banders-in-Charge (BIC), each to establish and operate a network of six mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program (URL: http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). Positions extend from May 1st through August 10th, 2013. Successful applicants MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, ageing and sexing of landbirds in the hand, ability to identify birds by call, and operation of a banding station in order to obtain a CWS banding subpermit. NABC certification and/or previous experience with MAPS protocol would be very useful assets. A completed Bachelors degree in biology, ecology, or zoology will be necessary for U.S. citizens to meet VISA requirements. Successful candidates will lead a crew of 2-3 banders and will supervise, guide, and provide advanced training to Assistant Banders on bird-banding skills and aging and sexing of birds. Demonstrated leadership skills, attention to detail, adherence to safety requirements, tolerance of long field days that begin before dawn, a tolerance of sometimes-difficult field conditions, and an ability to supervise and maintain a healthy team atmosphere in the field are required. BICs will adhere to safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region. BICs will be employees of OMEI, or independent contractors to IBP, and will receive payment of $3,500/month (in the currency of their residence). BICs completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols will receive a lump-sum bonus of $2,500 (in the currency of their residence) at the conclusion of the program. Housing will be provided, and where food is not included in the housing agreement, each BIC will receive a CA $400/month food allowance. A truck will be provided for use by each crew; a clean driver’s abstract (driving record) will be required as part of the application process. No health or other benefits beyond those described herein will be included. To apply or receive further information please contact ERIN ROWAN (EM: erowan AT birdpop.org).

MAPS ASSISTANT BANDERS IN CANADA: Open to Canadian and U.S. Citizens only. Owl Moon Environmental Inc. (OMEI;http://www.owlmoon.ca) together with the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP; http://www.birdpop.org) are seeking up to six Assistant Banders, each to assist in the establishment and operation of a network of six mist-netting and banding stations in the oil sands region near Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program (http://www.birdpop.org/maps.htm). Positions extend from May 1st through August 10th, 2013. Completion of a Bachelors degree in biology, ecology, or zoology will be necessary for US citizens to meet VISA requirements. Prior banding experience and/or a background in wildlife biology and the ability to identify birds by call will be assets. Successful candidates will be tolerant of long days that begin before dawn, possess the ability to endure sometimes-difficult field conditions, and help maintain a healthy team atmosphere in the field. Assistant Banders will adhere to safety and industrial site requirements for working in this region. Assistant Banders will be employees of OMEI, or independent contractors to IBP, and will receive payment of $2,500/month (in the currency of their residence). Assistant Banders completing the season adequately and responsibly and adhering to all required safety protocols will receive a lump-sum bonus of $2,500 (in the currency of their residence) at the conclusion of the program. Housing will be provided, and where food is not included in the housing agreement, each Assistant Bander will receive a CA $400/month food allowance. A truck will be provided for use by each crew; a clean driver’s abstract (driving record) will be required as part of the application process. No health or other benefits beyond those included herein will be included. To apply or receive further information please contact ERIN ROWAN (EM: erowan AT birdpop.org).

2 FIELD ASSISTANTS FOR METAPOPULATION Study of Black Rails, Virginia Rails, and Point Counts of Birds in Sierra Foothill Region of Northern California from 20 May – 16 August 2013. Assistants will help with (1) surveying wetlands for rails and habitat characteristics, and (2) conducting point counts for other birds in region. The primary responsibility will be to conduct playback surveys for rails, working independently to sample a network of known marshes for Black and Virginia Rails presence and communicate with private landowners to obtain permission to survey. Assistants must be able to navigate county roads with maps to find sites, maintain accurate records of each visit using a database, and record habitat characteristics. Applicants must be able to conduct 8 minute point counts at sites, identifying Sierra Foothill birds by sight and call/song. Applicants MUST have a driver’s license and a vehicle adequate for gravel roads. The ideal candidates would be: [1] experienced in surveying (particularly with playback methodology); [2] well organized with a record of being able to conduct fieldwork independently; [3] able to conduct point counts for birds, and able to identify Sierra Nevada Foothill birds by sight and sound OR experienced in bird identification and willing to put in additional time to learn the local bird species (a list of the birds detected in summer 2011 can be found here: https://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/beislab/Wetlands/birdlist.html ); [5] interested in population ecology and metapopulation theory; [6] be able to walk up to several miles and be strong enough to carry moderate loads; and [7] have the ability to interface with the public under occasionally challenging conditions. Experience with GPS and GIS desirable but not required. The work is based out of the Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, CA where housing is available http://groups.ucanr.org/sierrafoothill/ . Salary is $2167 /month. Additional information on the study can be found at http://nature.berkeley.edu/~beis/rail/. Please submit resume and phone numbers/email of three referees by 21 December 2012 by email to NATHAN VAN SCHMIDT, PhD student (EM: vanschmidt AT berkeley.edu) in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California at Berkeley. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until all positions are filled. Candidates may also be interested in applying for two field assistant positions being offered for a related dispersal study of Black and Virginia Rails in the San Francisco Bay and Sierra Foothills regions of Northern California from 1 May – 16 August, 2013 (see advertisement below for more details). If you would like to be considered for both positions please indicate this in your application.

2 FIELD ASSISTANTS for dispersal study of lack and Virginia rails in Northern California from 1 May – 16 August 2013. Assistants will help with capturing and collection of tissues from Black and Virginia Rails for genetic and stable isotope analyses. Assistants must be able to set up mistnets, remove birds from mistnets, band birds, and take morphometric measurements on birds. Assistants should also be able to maintain accurate records of capture information using a database. The ideal candidates would be: (1) experienced in mistnetting, banding, and bleeding small birds; (2) well organized with a record of being able to conduct fieldwork as part of a team; (3) have a driver’s license and experience operating a 4WD vehicle; (4) be interested in population ecology and dispersal; (5) be able to walk up to several miles and be strong enough to carry moderate loads; and (6) have the ability to interface with the public and communicate with private landowners. Field work will take place in the San Francisco Bay and Sierra Foothills regions of Northern California. Work in the Sierra Foothills will be based out of the Sierra Foothills Research and Extension Center in Browns Valley, CA (http://groups.ucanr.org/sierrafoothill/). Work in the San Francisco Bay area will be based out of UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Salary is $2167 /month. Additional information on the study can be found at http://nature.berkeley.edu/~beis/rail/. Please submit resume and phone numbers/emails of three referees by 21 December 2012 by email to LAURIE HALL, PhD student (EM: lahall AT berkeley.edu) in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California at Berkeley. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until all positions are filled. Candidates may also be interested in applying for two field assistant positions being offered for a related metapopulation study using playback to track occupancy of wetlands in the Sierra Foothills from 20 May – 16 August 2013 (see advertisement above for more details). If you would like to be considered for both positions please indicate this in your application.

POSTDOC – AVIAN EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY at Dept of Zoology and Lab of Ornithology, Palacky University, Czech Republic. Website:http://www.zoologie.upol.cz/remes Location: Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Duration: January 2013 – June 2015 (30 months if started 1 January 2013). Job Type: Postdoctoral Researcher. Number of Openings: 1. Application Deadline: 20 December 2012. Job Description: Vladimir Remes, Dept of Zoology and Lab of Ornithology, Palacky University, Czech Republic is seeking a highly motivated, productive and cooperative postdoctoral researcher to study ecology and evolution of life-history & sexually selected traits, functional diversity, and distribution in birds. Please, see http://www.zoologie.upol.cz/remes for more information about our current projects. The successful applicant will conduct ecological, statistical and phylogenetic analyses of our datasets from ongoing comparative projects. In addition, s/he will develop independent projects within our field of interest. S/he will also mentor advanced students and participate in teaching. The salary is 570,000 CZK (Czech Crowns, ca Euro 22,500) per annum. The appointment is for 30 months (if started 1 January 2013). Qualifications: Essential: - Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, ecology or zoology (obtained after 28 March 2008); - Strong publication record in high-quality journals in the area of evolutionary biology, ecology, conservation biology or ornithology (especially evolution and ecology of biodiversity);- Fluency in English. Desirable: - Demonstrated knowledge of comparative and phylogenetic methods, quantitative methods in biodiversity studies, GIS and spatial statistics; - Programming in R language. To Apply: For informal enquiries and application, email your CV (including list of publications), names and e-mails of two references and a cover letter stating your previous work, qualification and motivation to Assoc. Prof. VLADIMIR REMES (EM: vladimir.remes AT upol.cz). Attach pdf of two of your best papers and a copy of your PhD diploma. Please, state “Postdoc” in the subject of your e-mail. Apply before 20 December 2012. The starting date is negotiable, but the position is to be filled as soon as possible (funds are available January 2013).

SEASONAL AVIAN FIELD BIOLOGIST – The Institute for Wildlife Studies (IWS) is seeking applicants for seasonal avian field biologists to assist with the release and monitoring of the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike (SCLS), a federally endangered, endemic subspecies on San Clemente Island (SCI), California. SCI is the southernmost of the California Channel Islands, located 68 miles off the coast of San Diego. Start date will be approximately 1 March, with employment lasting for approximately 5 months. Contingent on performance and funding availability, seasonal employees may be offered promotions to full-time positions, which include health benefits and paid vacation. Seasonal Avian Field Biologist duties include, but are not limited to: 1) nest searching and monitoring; 2) behavioral observation and color-band re-sighting of wild and captive shrikes; 3) releasing captive-origin shrikes, and providing supplemental food to captive and released shrikes; 4) cage construction and maintenance; 5) trapping and banding (depending on permitting qualifications) nestling and adult shrikes; 6) data management in Microsoft Access and Excel, and in ArcView GIS; and, 7) day-to-day upkeep of the field station and IWS equipment. This position requires patience and sharp observation skills using spotting scopes and binoculars. SCI is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy as a training facility and personnel will be required to follow established military protocols and rules. Qualifications: We are seeking enthusiastic biologists with strong field work and research backgrounds who are committed to conservation and applied ecology. Due to military regulations, applicants must be citizens of the United States or be covered under TN NAFTA work visas and possess (or be willing to acquire before the position starts) a valid, U.S. driver’s license. Each successful candidate will have earned a B.S. in wildlife biology, ecology or a related field and have experience with avian biology. Preferred qualifications include experience with: nest searching and monitoring, behavioral observation, color band identification, passerine banding, and the operation of 4-wheel drive vehicles on primitive roads. Because of USFWS permitting requirements, only those individuals with experience banding >200 passerines or small raptors will be allowed to participate in banding, however, behavioral observations compose the majority of field time. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition and be comfortable hiking alone for 3–5 miles with a 30–40 pound pack in steep, rocky, cactus-covered terrain and in temperatures ranging from 40–100°F. Applicants should enjoy living as part of a small research community in a crowded field station, interacting with biologists working on other projects, and working with military personnel and members of other organizations who may have varying missions, opinions, and personalities. Additionally, applicants must be willing to participate in the day-to-day upkeep of a busy field station, including cleaning work vehicles and shared kitchen/office space. Employees work 10 days on island, and then take 4 off (off island). All employment offers are contingent on the insurability of the applicant by IWS and applicants will be asked to provide information to verify their driving record. Additional information regarding IWS research on SCI is available on the IWS website (URL: http://www.iws.org). Compensation: Approximately $2000/month (based on an hourly rate). We also provide both housing and food while on island and transportation to and from SCI via twin-engine propeller planes flying out of the Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. Off-island accommodations and food are not provided. Application Procedure: To apply send a SINGLE file containing a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references. The resume should explicitly state the number of adult and nestling passerines (or small raptors) the applicant has banded. Send application materials to JUSTYN STAHL(EM:stahl AT iws.org). Please indicate ‘shrike job’ in the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and we therefore encourage interested parties to apply promptly. This announcement will be open until all positions have been filled.

MASTERS POSITION: Investigating the mechanism and consequences for indirect effects of pesticides on insectivorous birds – Location: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Application deadline: Dec. 31, 2012 or as soon as possible. Duration: 2 years from start date: ideally January 2013 . Job description: The student will work as part of a team to explore multiple impacts of a newer class of insecticides, the neonicotinoids, on insectivorous birds in the Canadian Prairies. The work will build on an existing 21-year tree swallow project in Saskatchewan to establish and expand a nestbox study on previously identified wetlands that differ in terms of agricultural land use and neonicotinoid use. The student will identify farmland bird occupancy of agricultural wetlands through surveys and measure productivity, provisioning rates and physiological stress in nestling Tree swallows in addition to contributing to annual survival estimates. Qualifications: We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated student with a solid academic background and a strong interest in ecology or toxicology. Ideal candidate will have experience working in avian wildlife with previous lab or field research experience. Specific requirements include 1) BSc degree in Ecology, Toxicology or Environmental studies with strong academic record (80% or better) 2) Experience in bird surveys and handling of birds with potential to get a banding permit 3) Experience with blood sampling passerines is an asset. 4) Drivers licence required 5) Strong writing and communication skills 6) Self motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team How to apply: If interested and qualified, please send a statement of interest, your CV (including names of references), and a copy of your unofficial transcript by email to DR. MORRISSEY (EM: christy.morrissey AT usask.ca).

MASTERS POSITION: Multiple stressors affecting American dippers – Location: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Application deadline: Dec. 31, 2012 or as soon as possible. Duration: 2 years from start date: ideally January 2013 or Sept 2013. Job description: The student will work in partnership with Environment Canada to assess ecotoxicology and multiple stressors affecting American dippers (Cinclus cinclus) wintering in southern British Columbia including small scale hydroelectric developments, alterations in river flow, mercury and selenium pollution. Position is based out of Saskatoon with field work in mountainous river habitats in British Columbia. Extensive field work is involved in autumn and winter and will require working in remote areas. We will evaluate stress hormones in feces and blood of dippers as well as evaluate Hg and Se concentrations in non breeding birds for integration with larger datasets on mercury pollution in dippers across Western North America. Qualifications: We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated student with a solid academic background and a strong interest in ecology or toxicology. Ideal candidate will have experience working in avian wildlife with previous lab or field research experience. Specific requirements include 1) BSc degree in Ecology, Toxicology or Environmental studies with strong academic record (80% or better) 2) Experience in mistnetting and handling of birds with potential to get a banding permit 3) Experience with blood sampling passerines and/or working in rivers is an asset. 4) Drivers licence required 5) Strong writing and communication skills 6) Self motivated and able to work independently and with a team. How to apply: If interested and qualified, please send a statement of interest, your CV (including names of references), and a copy of your unofficial transcript by email to DR. MORRISSEY (EM: christy.morrissey ATusask.ca).

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