Field assistants on behavioral ecology of woodpeckers (USA) ~

1 de noviembre de 2012

Field assistants on behavioral ecology of woodpeckers (USA)

Job Description:
Two field assistants are needed for an ongoing long-term study of the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding Acorn Woodpecker at the Hastings Reserve in upper Carmel Valley, California. Hastings is run by the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley. We have studied the behavioral ecology of color-banded Acorn Woodpeckers for over 45 years at this site. The current research focuses on ecological constraints and reproductive skew and the role each plays in the evolution of cooperative breeding. Assistants will be involved in monitoring group composition and roosting/nesting/feeding behavior. The experience is designed to be one of total immersion six days per week. A modest stipend of $600 / month plus free housing is provided.

There are two positions: (1) 15 Feb to 15 Jul; (2) 15 Mar to 15 Jul

To Apply:
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and the positions will remain open until filled. If interested, apply sooner rather than later. Our positions usually fill quickly. Please include the following in your application: a resumé (one page resumés are discouraged - please provide detailed descriptions of your academic, volunteer, and professional experiences); a cover letter describing why you should be considered for one of our positions; the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three academic / professional references (preferably ones familiar with your ability to conduct field work); and the dates you are available to work at the Hastings Reserve.

For further information - and to see whether the positions have been filled, please consult our employment web site:

Applications should be sent as attachments by email to Dr. Eric L. Walters at

Must be an avid hiker who is comfortable hiking up and down hills. Prior experience with birds (especially the ability to read color bands) is desirable but not required. Self-motivation, enthusiasm for the research questions, a willingness to sit in a blind for up to 3 hours per session (in hot or cold weather, often with annoying face flies), and an ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. We especially encourage those applicants interested in behavioral ecology that are planning to attend graduate school. Because the field site is 1 hour from town, having a car is highly desirable.

Eric L. Walters, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Biological Sciences
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0266

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