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Avian Ecology Field Research

Primary Institution: Texas A&M Univ.
City: Truckee
State: CA
Job Duration: mid-May to mid-August
Class Requirement: Completed Sophomore Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Ecology
Description: We are filling 6-8 field research assistant positions for an ongoing study of the ecology and conservation of Willow Flycatchers in the central Sierra Nevada. Study is entering its twelfth year and involves several graduate student projects. Multiple objectives require the following SKILLS: identification of western songbirds by sight and sound, surveying for Willow Flycatchers, searching for and monitoring passerine nests, band resighting, radio-telemetry of small mammals and passerines, mammal trapping, nestling aging, familiarity with GPS and video equipment, and other responsibilities. Assistants may be assigned to certain objectives based upon their qualifications but will be expected to assist in any of the research duties. REQUIREMENTS: flexibility to alterations in protocol, daily scheduling, and responsibilities; work begins and ends at variable times of the day and may include over-night work; ability to work in a group and independently; valid driver's license and willingness to drive long distances on highways and rough terrain; willingness to camp for several days and work in remote locations; ability to collect and process field data with attention to detail in observations, note taking and data entry; patience and focus required to resight color banded birds and to locate and monitor nests; must supply your own binoculars and basic camping equipment. QUALIFICATIONS: preference given to applicants with advanced undergraduate standing in wildlife studies and experience with several of the aforementioned skills needed. Study sites are montane meadows in the central Sierra Nevada. Positions start mid-May and end in mid-Aug 2008 (exact dates negotiable). Monthly salary based on previous experience and duties assigned (opportunities for advanced responsibilities). Salary is between $1600 to $1800/month depending on qualifications. Group housing provided at a minimal cost and based out of Truckee, CA. Field vehicles provided. Application deadline is 1 March 2008. To apply, send letter of interest that details qualifications, resume, and 3 references (email addresses) to HEATHER MATHEWSON ( Include your last name and "WIFL job" in subject line of emails and in file attachments. Or mail application material to: Heather Mathewson; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology; MS 314; University of Nevada, Reno; Reno, NV  89557.
Stipend: $1600 - $1800
Benefits: Housing
field vehicles provided
Application Deadline: 03/01/2008

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Heather Mathewson
MS 314
Univ. of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
Phone: 775-784-6769
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