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24 de enero de 2005

Ofertas de trabajo con aves

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7 WILDLIFE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS needed for field and laboratory work on
Lesser Scaup. Assistants will work in cooperation with ecologists from
Louisiana State University (LSU), USGS LA Coop. Wildlife Research Unit,
Ducks Unlimited, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Illinois, Iowa,
Missouri, Minnesota, and North Dakota State Wildlife Agencies on a
multi-state project designed to examine one of the leading hypotheses
explaining the marked decline of the continental Lesser Scaup
population. In the field, assistants will work long hours, and be
responsible for capturing, taking blood samples, color-marking, and
banding Lesser Scaup during spring migration in Illinois and Iowa.
Assistants also will assist in conducting behavioral observations,
collecting ducks, and conducting wetland habitat surveys throughout
spring migration in the upper-Midwest. The laboratory component of this
research will be conducted at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where
technicians will dissect ducks, sort/count invertebrate samples, and
enter data into spreadsheets. We will hire 3 crew leaders ($1450/month)
and 4 technicians ($1100/month) from early Mar 2005 through Jun 2005.
Each position start and end time varies but will be approximately: 2 @
3/1/05 – 6/30/05, 2 @ 3/15/05 – 6/30/05, 1 @ 3/20/05 – 5/15/05, and 2 @
4/1/05 – 5/15/05. Housing and travel expenses will be provided during
the project. A B.S degree in wildlife (or related field), particular
knowledge/interest in wetland ecology, and experience with field studies
are preferred, but not required. Please send resume with 3 references to
MICHAEL J. ANTEAU (PhD student) (EM: mantea1@lsu.edu (mantea + number
one)) or DR. ALAN D. AFTON (EM: Aafton@lsu.edu) at the USGS LA Coop Fish
and Wildlife Research Unit, School of Renewable Natural Resources,
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY in Thick-billed and Maroon-fronted Parrot
research project in Mexico-- The Environmental Ecosystem Management
Program (PMSE) from ITESM Campus Monterrey looks for volunteers for 2005
field season with the project:"Ecology and conservation of Thick-billed
and Maroon-fronted parrots (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha y R. terrisi)".
Mexico has two resident parrot species of the genus Rhynchopsitta: the
Thick-billed parrot (R. pachyrhyncha), and the Maroon-fronted parrot (R.
terrisi). Both species are very unique: endemic to temperate forests of
northern Mexico; endangered according to BirdLife International and the
Mexican government in its Official Norm (NOM-059) as does the Government
of the United States of America in the listing for the Endangered
Species Act and listed as Appendix I by CITES. Thick-billed parrot
spends its reproductive season in the Sierra Madre Occidental pine
forests, located above 2000m from the sea level in the Mexican States of
Chihuahua and Durango. Its diet is based on pine seeds and nests in old
trees or snags. Maroon-fronted parrot inhabits the highest parts of the
Sierra Madre Oriental in Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Tamaulipas States,
some of these places are considered as the most spectaculars in Mexico.
It also feeds on pine seeds, acorns and occasionally nectar form Agave
flowers. In contrast with Thick-billed parrots, Maroon-fronted nest on
cavities and crevices in high limestone cliffs. Both species are very
social, it is possible to find them in flocks or in pairs. The main
problems these parrots face are forest destruction due logging
activities, fires or agriculture and occasionally poaching for the pet
trade. Since 1995 PMSE has monitored the nesting activity of these
species, along this time, we have been able to identify almost all
important nesting areas, documented several subjects such as
reproductive biology, diet and parasitism. We have protected the most
important nesting cliff for the Maroon-fronted parrot: El Taray
Sanctuary, located in Arteaga, Coahuila and the creation of the Flora
and Fauna Reserve in Tutuaca, located in the Sierra Madre Occidental,
this site harbors the most important known nesting area for Thick-billed
parrots. We are looking for collaboration to carry out nesting
monitoring during the 2005 field season from Jun to Nov Main activities:
THICK-BILLED PARROT: Nest-trees and reproductive behavior monitoring.
The research is carried out using climbing techniques to access directly
the nests or through the use of probes. We register the cavities and
eggs measures. After the eggs hatch we register periodically the chicks
development. Information is written in field forms. Volunteers wont
climb trees, they will help with flock counting, chick measuring and new
nets finding
MAROON-FRONTED PARROT: Nest cliff monitoring and reproductive behavior
observation. These activities are carried out through the registration
of the cavities usage by the reproductive pairs. Each cavity is marked
with a unique code in color pictures of the nesting cliffs. Information
is registered on field forms. Volunteers will help on monitoring a cliff
per day; usually this is done by one person during 7 hours continuous. Who can participate? Natural Sciences, Veterinary or Biology students,
people interested in conservation, especially birds or interested in
learning more on conservation projects in Mexico. During field trips
volunteers will use project facilities, will stay at local people houses
or camping. Participants must be disciplined, responsible, patient, and
the ability to get along with different people in remote places, as well
as to carry out field work with little supervision, patience enough to
monitor continuously up to seven hours and willing to work daily up to
ten hours, resistant to adverse climate conditions, such as intense cold
or hot, hail or rain. Also people will have to be on shape in order to
walk through difficult trails at altitudes up to 2000m above the sea
level. Spanish spoken is preferable or at least with few knowledge on
the language and committed to stay in the project at least during one
month. Volunteers will pay their travel expenses to Monterrey or
Chihuahua, Mexico, depending on the project. Food and travel expenses
during the field trips is covered by the project. To apply it is
necessary to send a brief resume, 3 professional references (including
e-mail) and an intention letter addressed to SONIA GABRIELA ORTIZ MACIEL
project coordinator: (EM: sgom@itesm.mx). Application deadline: 30 Apr
2005. For more information please contact: SONIA GABRIELA ORTIZ MACIEL,
Programa de Manejo Sostenible de Ecosistemas, ITESM Centro de Calidad
Ambiental, CEDES 5piso, Av. E. Garza Sada 2501 sur, 64849 Monterrey,
N.L. México (PH: 52 (81) 8358-2000, 8358-1400 Ext 5268; FX: 52 (81)
8359-6280; EM: sgom@itesm.mx)

BANDING INTERNSHIP (3) The Ventana Wilderness Society's Big Sur
Ornithology Lab (BSOL) is seeking very enthusiastic, outgoing
individuals to assist in operating a constant effort mist-netting and
banding station. The internship position begins 5 Apr and spans
approximately 5 to 6 months. The intern will receive extensive training
in mist-netting and banding of passerines (MAPS protocol); area searches
and point counts; and data entry and data management. The primary focus
of this internship is to conduct avian field research, including the
opportunity to conduct interpretive bird banding demonstrations with the
public. A stipend of $552/month, housing, and field transportation are
provided. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field
experience while living on the breathtaking California central coast.
Preferred applicants will have a working knowledge of field ornithology
and, preferably, prior banding and birding experience and the ability to
identify Western birds by sight and sound. Please submit cover letter
and resume that includes three work related references to JESSICA
GRIFFITHS: by e-mail (EM: jessicagriffiths@ventanaws.org) or by mail at
Big Sur Ornithology Lab, HC 67 Box 99, Monterey, CA 93940.

SEASONAL FIELD BIOLOGISTS (12) needed for long-term study of the ecology
of forest bird populations at HUBBARD BROOK EXPERIMENTAL FOREST in New
Hampshire. Current NSF-funded research under the direction of R. Holmes,
N. Rodenhouse, and S. Sillett focuses on effects of climatic variation
on bird distribution and abundance, with emphasis on demographic studies
of Black-throated Blue Warblers along an elevational gradient. Two
position types are available. Individuals applying for a BIRD SURVEY
position (4) must be able to identify NE forest birds by sight and
sound; prior survey experience is preferred. Individuals applying for a
WARBLER DEMOGRAPHY position (8) will be involved in multiple aspects of
the warbler project, including nest finding, quantifying bird behavior,
insect and small mammal surveys, and measuring vegetation; applicants
with experience in finding and monitoring passerine nests and/or
netting, banding and taking blood samples from small passerines are
particularly needed. Applicants for both positions must be in good
physical shape, be able to work alone in remote, rugged, and steep
terrain, have good color vision, and have an interest in avian
behavioral and population ecology. Jobs will last from May through late
Jul or early Aug 2005, (some starting in early May and others by mid to
late May), lasting 10-12 weeks. Housing provided plus a stipend of $360
per week. Own vehicle a plus; will pay local mileage. To apply, send
letter of application, resume, and names (including phone numbers and
e-mail addresses) of two (2) references to: btbwjobs2005@earthlink.net.
Applicants without internet access can mail materials to DR. SCOTT
SILLETT, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, National Zoological Park,
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008. E-mail applications are

SEASONAL FIELD BIOLOGISTS (3) needed for a study of orange-crowned
warblers on CATALINA ISLAND in California. Current research under the
direction of S. Sillett and C. Ghalambor focuses on the life-history,
population biology, and behavior of the sordida subspecies endemic to
the Channel Islands. Individuals filling these positions will be
involved in multiple aspects of the project, including nest finding,
quantifying bird behavior, insect sampling, and measuring vegetation.
Applicants with prior experience in finding and monitoring passerine
nests are preferred. Additionally, people with (1) skill in identifying
coastal sage scrub birds by sight and sound and/or (2) proficiency in
netting, banding and taking blood samples from small passerines are
particularly needed. Applicants must be in good physical shape, be able
to work alone in remote and rugged scrub habitats, have good color
vision, and have an interest in avian behavioral and population ecology.
Positions available from early Mar through late May - early Jun, lasting
12+ weeks. Housing provided, plus stipend of at least $300 per week. To
apply, send letter of application, resume, and names (including phone
numbers and e-mail addresses) of two (2) references to:
ocwajobs2005@earthlink.net. Applicants without internet access can mail
materials to DR. SCOTT SILLETT, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center,
National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC
20008. E-mail applications are preferred.

WILDLIFE TECHS (up to 10 Avian Point Count and Banding positions).
Enthusiastic, curious, and independent-minded birders needed to conduct
point counts and mist net surveys for the 14th year of Utah's statewide
riparian bird surveys. Salary ranges from $9-$12/hr DOE. Vehicle and
grocery allowance also provided. Applicants must be willing to work long
hours independently (frequently alone), (car-)camp for extended periods,
hike up to 5 miles/day, and have excellent vision, hearing, ability to
operate a 4WD vehicle, and a valid driver's license. PREFERRED
western riparian and shrub-steppe birds both visually and by song/call;
2) experienced with unlimited distance point count methods 3) able to
estimate populations of mixed species with reasonable accuracy; 4) able
to interact well with other team members and the general public.
Vegetation sampling and characterizations in certain key habitats
(shrub-steppe) may also be required as part of the overall duties.
Surveyors MUST attend mandatory training/orientation sessions. PREFERRED
western riparian birds; 2) experienced with the MAPS Program protocol;
3) ability to sex, age, and skull birds in the hand; 4) work closely
with other crewmembers, and 5) able to interact well with the general
public. APPLICATIONS: Positions are administered out of the Utah
Division of Wildlife Resources Salt Lake City office. Study sites are
located in some of the most picturesque landscapes in North America,
including Zion and Capitol Reef National Parks, Grand
Staircase-Escalante National Monument, State and Federal Wildlife
Management Areas, and several National Forests. Send (email best) cover
letter, CV, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three
references to HILLARY WHITE, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources,
Non-Game Avian Program, 1594 W. North Temple, Suite 2110, Box 146301,
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6301. Please indicate which position you are
applying for. For more information phone (PH: 801- 537-3436 or
801-209-2013; EM: email hillarywhite@utah.gov).

Mackenzie Nature Observatory's Banding Station at Mugaha Marsh. Our
station is at Mugaha Marsh (latitude 55̊ 23', longitude 123̊ 12') 14 km
northwest of Mackenzie, BC via a gravel road. The Marsh is located in
the Rocky Mountain Trench, west of the Rocky Mountains and east of the
Parsnip Reach of Williston Lake. Our banding lab is a 12' x 20'
building. The banding station has electricity, but does not have water
on site. Drinking water is brought out by volunteers. Two small travel
trailers provide accommodations for bander and assistant bander. A large
wall tent is available for the volunteers who stay on site to use. You
will need your own transportation to travel to town for groceries,
showers, laundry, etc. When: The banding station operates from 19 Jul to
22 Sep. Bander and assistant bander will be hired as employees of MNO.
Normally they will have 4 days off every two weeks, but the first week
the assistant bander will receive 2 days off to make schedule work. They
will be paid for the days worked at a rate of $130 per day for the
bander and $120 per day for the assistant bander (this is before
deductions). If they choose to assist on their days off they will be
considered a volunteer. Species banded: Since 1996 we have banded an
average of 61 species per season. The species composition has varied
from season to season. Ruby-crowned Kinglets are the most common
species, with American Redstarts, Northern Waterthrush, Orange-crowned
Warblers, Common Yellowthroats and Yellow-rumped Warblers (Myrtle and
Audubon's) being the most common warblers. We capture up to 6 species of
Empidonax flycatchers and measurements often need to be taken to
separate them. Pine Siskins are an irruptive species that breed here and
they show up in large numbers some years - they are the second most
common bird captured because over 1300 were banded one season. Numbers
at our station are erratic and one never knows what the season will
bring - the fall banding season between 1996 & 2004 numbers have varied
between 2066 and 4021. Some years we get several 100+ bird days whereas
last year we only had one day when over 100 birds were banded. The birds
often arrive in large numbers on a couple rounds which can make things
very hectic. We will be conducting owling in the last part of the season
on some evenings - the two species we have banded are Boreal and
Northern Saw-whet. Experience needed: Bander and Assistant Bander need
to have a banding permit or subpermit. The bander or assistant bander
may be alone during the other's days off. We attempt to have volunteers
available to help, but there is no guarantee that there will always be
help available therefore the banders need to be able to process birds
quickly and accurately even if they are alone. Volunteers who do come
will have a varied level of experience and banders will be expected to
work with them and help them increase their skill level. Knowledge of
Western birds is essential. Knowledge of the variation of plumage within
species (e.g. the coloration of the different subspecies of
Orange-crowned Warblers) and the size range within a species (e.g. our
Song Sparrows are larger) should be known. Applicants should have an
understanding of moult - you will see older birds replacing flight
feathers and when time permits moult cards are to be completed. There
will be young birds that are still growing in their flight feathers and
some will be in unfamiliar juvenile plumage. Plumages of juvenile
Lincoln's Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows sometimes pose a challenge.
Knowledge of what to look for in the Empidonax flycatchers will speed up
a banding - we have a chart that gives their characteristics, however,
knowing what feature to use to separate certain species is helpful. The
Bander and Assistant Bander must have the ability to work with and train
volunteers. In addition to the banding there is a daily census,
observations and estimated totals that must be completed daily. The
banding and ET data is to be computerized daily. Totals of each species
banded to date and a list of all returns are to be posted at the lab. It
is the bander and assistant bander's responsibility to keep the banding
lab clean and tidy. Both the bander and assistant bander will be
expected to make a report for the season - we will work out who will do
what for the report during the season. Our netlanes are a fair distance
apart and we have some used bicycles that make it quicker to make net
rounds. The club has a good scope to help with observations. We have two
cameras that you will be expected to use to document rarities, unusual
plumage, to take photos for the report and photos as requested by bird
committee. Volunteers are expected to assist the bander and assistant
bander with the operation of the banding station. We would like to know
your experience and the amount of time that you want to volunteer.
Please send your application to Mackenzie Nature Observatory, Bird
Committee, Box 1598, Mackenzie, BC V0J 2C0 to the attention of Vi
Lambie, Banding Station Coordinator. Applications can be sent by email
(EM: jlambie@telus.net). Applicant review will commence on 20 Jan and
continue until suitable applicants are found. PLEASE include information
on your banding experience, your experience working with the public and
volunteers, and references.

positions)--Agency: U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife
Research Center, 8711 37th Street SE, Jamestown, ND 58401. Job Location:
Locations vary from north central Iowa through south and western
Minnesota. Job Description: Technicians will assist with a predator
track survey evaluating management assumptions about relationships of
landscape structure, avian nest success, and relative abundance of
mammalian predators in the Prairie Pothole Region of Minnesota and Iowa.
This survey is conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET), Fergus Falls,
Minnesota and U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research
Center. All positions require rigorous field-work under variable
environmental conditions and long hours. Primary responsibilities are to
collect survey data concerning mammalian predators and upland and /or
wetland habitats. Other duties may include landowner contacts, data
entry, and basic equipment maintenance. Duty time will generally be
spent outdoors in remote, rural locations. Most days will be spent
traveling gravel and dirt roads through rural countryside in dusty and
muddy terrain conducting surveys and includes; operating 4-wheel drive
vehicles, walking short to long distances (.1 to 2 miles) and moderate
physical exertion. Incumbents may be required to lift objects weighing
as much as 50 pounds. Fieldwork results in frequent exposure to poison
ivy, pollens, insects, sun, wind, rain and temperature extremes.
Intermittent overnight travel may be required. Technicians may be
required to work long hours for up to 14 day periods. Qualifications:
Knowledge and skills required are: The ability to identify (with
training) mammalian predators and their tracks, and upland / wetland
plant species commonly found in the upper Midwest. Skill in using maps,
plat books, and aerial photographs are required. The ability to
accurately collect and record field data is a must. Basic desktop
computer skills are a plus. A valid state drivers license is required (a
personal vehicle is not required for work). Applicants must be self
motivated, highly organized and possess the ability to work
independently yet function as part of a team. Candidates must provide
proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Note: Applicants
currently enrolled in, or graduated from an accredited college within
the last 12 months are strongly encouraged to apply. Housing is
generally not provided. Salary: $10 to $14 hour depending on education
and experience (approximately GS-03 to GS-05). Employment will be
through a Student Services Contract. Starting Date: Prefer candidates to
be available by mid-Apr or early-May, 2005. A later start date is
possible. Duration: 10 to 14 weeks. Deadline: Applications accepted
through 25 Feb 2005 or until positions are filled. To Apply: Mail a
letter of interest, resume, three references, and a copy of college
transcripts to: HAPET, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 21932 State
Highway 210, Fergus Falls, MN. 56537-7627. For additional information
contact DAN HERTEL (PH: 218- 736-0640, EM: dan_hertel@fws.gov).

FIELD ASSISTANT required for research on Barred Owl behavior and
breeding biology in Alberta, Canada. Position is for the period from 1
Mar – 31 Aug 2005. Duties include conducting owl listening surveys, nest
finding, nest observations, assistance with trapping and radio
transmitter attachment of adult and nestling owls, and intensive radio
tracking sessions. Enthusiasm is a must as this position requires a
great deal of field work under challenging conditions. Most field work
will be conducted at night, often in fairly remote areas and applicants
should not be adverse to long work hours, bears, cold weather, or biting
insects. Applicants must be in good physical condition, have good
hearing, be capable of operating all-terrain vehicles, and have a valid
driver’s license with fewer than 3 demerits. Pay is $1600-1800 depending
on qualifications (plus 10% benefits). Accommodation will be provided at
the Meanook Biological Research Station. In addition, meals from May –
Aug will also be provided. Interested applicants should contact MIKE
RUSSELL with CV (EM: msr1@ualberta.ca). Application deadline is 14 Feb.

Observatory is offering an intermediate level bird-banding workshop at
Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, on the 25, 26 and 27 of Mar
2005. The 2.5-day workshop will focus on bird identification, sexing and
ageing under the direction of PETER PYLE, author of the banders’
"bible", Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part I. The
program has been developed for people with some bird handling and/or
banding experience, but a few seats have been reserved for novices with
little or no experience. This is an excellent opportunity for
undergraduates, graduate students, wildlife biologists and naturalists
to gain a firm foundation in bird banding, ageing and sexing. Skills
practiced in this workshop will be beneficial for productivity,
survivorship and migration monitoring field work. The cost is $350 Cdn,
per participant with a $50 reduction for students. There are dorm room
accommodations available at Royal Roads University for approximately $35
Cdn./night and will be made available to those first to enroll.
Enrollment is limited to 18. Note: last year’s workshop filled quickly,
we recommend early registration. To enroll, please send your
registration information and full workshop fees in the form of a cheque
or money order made out to: Rocky Point Bird Observatory Society, to:
Rocky Point Bird Observatory Banding Workshop, c/o DONNA ROSS, 3 – 163
Wellington St., Victoria, BC V8V 4H8. For more information or to confirm
that there are still spaces available, contact: DONNA ROSS (EM:
hoshihana@shaw.ca). Registration form and tentative schedule are
available at http://www.islandnet.com/~rpbo

WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN needed from 1 Apr through 15 Jul 2005. One full-time
field technician needed for a study of cavity-nesting birds in the
longleaf pine forests of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Major duties
will include conducting nest searches for cavity-nesting birds and
collecting vegetation data. Some tree climbing (using Swedish ladders)
may be required. Qualifications include ability to identify southeastern
birds by sight and sound, ability to navigate in the woods using maps
and compass, tolerance for early morning work (sunrise) and hot, humid
field conditions and the ability to walk up to 10 miles a day carrying
field equipment. Applicant must have 1) strong organizational skills, 2)
the ability to work efficiently and flexibly within logistical
constraints and 3) the ability to coordinate professionally with
military range control. Salary is $7.50 to $8.50 an hour, depending on
experience. Housing provided. Applicants must have an automobile to
commute between house and central office, but a field vehicle is
provided. Please send or email a cover letter, resume, and the names and
contact information for three references to: Lori Blanc, (EM:
lblanc@vt.edu), Department of Biology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

RAPTOR NEST SURVEYOR POSITIONS. Two individuals are needed to conduct
surveys of nesting raptors in the Great Basin of northwestern Utah from
15 Mar –15 Jul 2005. Strong raptor ID skills, good backcountry
navigation skills, and familiarity with use of handheld GPS units
required. Prior experience conducting raptor nest surveys, preferably
for cliff-nesting raptors, highly desirable. Surveyors will work as a
team along with two other teams of two, with a staff research assistant
serving as field coordinator and additional trained volunteers assisting
as available. The project will require wilderness camping, rugged 4 WD
travel, and extensive backcountry desert hiking. Technical climbing
experience and equipment a plus, but not required. Surveyors will work
as volunteers receiving a non-taxable daily stipend of $40-42/day
(~$1,200/month). Field-station housing also will be available
intermittently. Work vehicles and fuel, major camp equipment (e.g.,
stoves, lanterns, tables, water jugs, portable toilets, and storage
boxes), survey equipment and maps, and cooking fuel will be provided.
Surveyors must provide their own sturdy tent, other personal camping
gear, personal food supplies, and preferably their own high-quality
binoculars. Submit cover letter, detailed resume, and names of three
professional references with phone numbers and email addresses to DR.
JEFF SMITH, HawkWatch International, 1800 S. West Temple, Suite 226,
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 or by email (EM: jsmith@hawkwatch.org).
Positions are open until filled.

TERN COLONY MANAGERS (3), ASSISTANTS (1-4), and INTERNS (1-4) are needed
for a tern restoration project at Bird, Ram, and Penikese Islands in
Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Activities include discouragement/censusing
of nesting gulls, censusing of Common, Arctic and Roseate Terns,
monitoring tern productivity, trapping and banding terns, predator
control, maintaining a field log, and data management. Managers will
supervise assistant/intern and write an end-of-season report. Field crew
is 2-3 persons per island. RAM/BIRD: Crews will live in a crew house
(provided) on the mainland and travel to islands on a daily basis in a
small boat on a 6 day/week schedule. Managers and/or assistants should
have experience in handling outboard motorboats in the marine
environment. Completion of a boating safety course looked upon
favorably. PENIKESE: Crew will set up and live in a field camp on the
island and work on a 5-7 day/week schedule depending on weather
conditions and on an irregular boat schedule to the island (boating
skills not required). Applicants must be able to carry heavy field
equipment a distance of ½ mile, and be comfortable living in a remote
island setting with limited facilities. ALL POSITIONS: Candidates should
be self-motivated, mature, have a strong work ethic, pay close attention
to detail, be able to live and work cooperatively with others, be able
to maintain a positive attitude under a heavy workload, and be in good
physical condition. Most incumbents should be willing to use own
vehicles. Managers should have previous supervisory and bird banding
experience. Assistants should have some previous field experience.
Interns: previous field experience looked upon favorably, but enthusiasm
is more important; good opportunity for an undergraduate/recent graduate
to gain field skills. DATES (some flexibility) – BIRD and RAM: Managers
2 May-29 Jul (13 wk); Assistants/Interns 2 May-15 Jul (11 wk). PENIKESE:
Manager/Assistant/Intern 25 Apr-12 Aug (16 wk). SALARY (approximate,
based on 48/h work week) – Managers $590-800/wk; Assistants $450-490/wk;
Interns $324-384/wk. These positions are funded by federal grant money.
Send (1) cover letter, (2) Commonwealth of Massachusetts Application for
Employment form, downloadable (URL:
http://www.mass.gov/envir/eoea/hr/eoea_empApplication.pdf), (3) resume,
and (4) names, addresses and phone numbers of 3 references by 15 Feb
2005 to: CAROLYN MOSTELLO, MassWildlife, Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit
Hill Rd., Westborough, MA 01581-3337. For more information, call (508)
792-7270 x312.

GRASSLAND BIRD JOBS: Application DEADLINE 11 Feb 2005 !! We expect to
hire 3 biological science technicians for a grassland bird study on
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge in north-central Nebraska.
Approximate start/end dates are mid-May through Jul or early Aug 2005.
Crew members will conduct bird surveys and collect vegetation data to
determine the effects of grazing on grassland bird abundance and
distribution. Ability to identify grassland passerines by sight and
sound is critical. Good mapping and map-reading skills are essential.
Plant identification skills are highly desirable. Experience with GPS
units and range-finders is useful. All applicants should have good
auditory and visual acuity, good observational skills, ability to work
well both independently and as part of a team, and tolerance for long
hours outdoors in difficult conditions. Applicants must have a valid
drivers license. On-site housing is available at the refuge. Salary will
be at approximately the GS-5 level ($13.20/hr). Apply for these
positions via the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on-line application
process between 24 Jan and 11 Feb 2005. To apply, first go to
https//jobs.quickhire.com/scripts/fws.exe and register in CARES
(QuickHire). Be sure to include your resumé (resumé space limit is about
16,000 characters; remove italics, bold, underline, and unusual fonts;
please include references). Then, apply for one or both of the
following: FWS biological science technician (general) or FWS biological
science technician (wildlife). You must indicate Ft. Niobrara/Valentine
NWR as at least one of your location preferences. When applying for
these positions, or if you miss the 11 Feb deadline, please contact PAM
PIETZ (EM: pam_pietz@usgs.gov, PH: 701-253-5505) or MEL NENNEMAN (EM:
melvin_nenneman@fws.gov, PH: 402-376-1889).

Two (2) AVIAN RESEARCH ASSISTANTS are needed to work on song sparrow
population dynamics in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia. One position
from approx. mid-Mar-Jul 2005, with a second position from late Apr-Jul
2005. One study will focus on spatial distribution of song sparrows and
brown-headed cowbirds in the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands. A
second study will focus on population genetics of song sparrows
throughout the Gulf of Georgia. Primary duties involve assisting with
mist-netting, species surveys, nest finding, identifying birds with
color bands and conducting vegetation plots. Time may be split between
projects. Applicants with some ornithological and/or boating experience
are preferred. Applicants should be comfortable with travel in boats,
rustic, isolated living conditions and long hours. It is very important
that applicants are reliable, enthusiastic, and dedicated. Housing
and/or camping facilities will be provided on site during workdays only.
Off-island accommodation must be provided by applicant. Wage will depend
on experience and available funds. Preference will be given to Canadian
citizens or permanent resident of Canada; and returning or graduating
students. Please submit a cv detailing interests, interests, GPA and 2-3
reference contacts (email and phone). Applications should be submitted
by email to KELLY JEWELL or AMY WILSON (EM: island.sparrow@gmail.com).
Closing date: 15 Feb 2005.

FIELD ASSISTANTS (1-2) needed for research on the demographics and
breeding biology of a long-distance migratory bird, the American
redstart. Field work will be conducted in mixed deciduous/coniferous
forest at the Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS:
http://biology.queensu.ca/%7Equbs/), Chaffey's Lock, southeastern
Ontario. Strong applicants will have experience in some or all of the
following areas: bird observation, territory mapping, nest searching,
handling and bleeding birds, insect sampling. Applicants should also be
meticulous in collecting and recording data and be willing to work long
hours in the field, six or seven days a week. A competitive salary, plus
room and board at QUBS will be provided. Positions will be for
approximately three months, starting 1 May and ending in late Jul.
Please send cover letter, CV, and the names and addresses of three
references to MATTHEW REUDINK, Department of Biology, Queen's
University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, or e-mail (EM:
reudinkm@biology.queensu.ca) by 30 Mar 2005.

ALASKA FIELD ASSISTANTS (2) needed Jun - late Jul 2005 for a study of
breeding biology and habitat use of King Eiders on the north slope of
Alaska. Duties include mist-netting, nest searching, monitoring nesting
females, habitat measurements post-hatch, data entry, and some camp
chores. Applicants should be in the process, or have already completed a
Bachelor's degree in wildlife or related biological sciences. Previous
ornithological fieldwork, ability to work independently (under adverse
weather conditions) and good physical condition required. Following a
short training period, assistants will be required to work independently
with minimal supervision. Nest searching, waterfowl work, and remote
field camp experience preferred. Fieldwork will be done at either
Teshekpuk Lake or in an active oilfield (Kuparuk), and requires hiking
in hip waders and a high tolerance to uncomfortable field conditions.
Applicants must have the ability to tolerate long working hours
(50-60hr/wk). The Teshekpuk Lake site is remote and there will be no
travel back to town during the field season. Travel to the remote field
camp is by helicopter. Room and board (tents, camping and cooking gear
at Teshekpuk), hip-waders, and travel from Fairbanks to the field sites
are provided in addition to a salary of $2,160/month. Oil field safety
training is required and will be covered for the position at Kuparuk.
Please email a completed and signed UAF Applicant Form (URL:
http://www.uaf.edu/uafhr/Emp_Opp.html), letter of interest, resume, and
email addresses of two referees to: REBECCA MCGUIRE, (EM:
ftrlm@uaf.edu), Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit,
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK 99775 (PH: 907-474-7006).

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