Acorn Woodpecker Field Assistant
Employer: Walters Lab, Old Dominion University
Location: Carmel Valley, California
Description: Two (2) field assistants are needed for ongoing long-term
studies of the behavioral ecology of the cooperatively breeding Acorn
Woodpecker at the Hastings Reserve in upper Carmel Valley, California. We
have studied the behavioral ecology of color-banded Acorn Woodpeckers for
nearly 50 years at this site, making this one of the longest running
vertebrate studies in the world. The research focuses on both ecological and
evolutionary factors involved in the evolution of cooperative breeding, and
includes using automated radio-telemetry techniques to track cryptic movement.
Assistants will participate in monitoring group composition via color-band
resighting, documenting feeding (for any nests) and roosting behavior, and
assist in woodpecker capture and experimental manipulations. Some portions
of field work may require the ability to drive an off road vehicle or truck.
The experience is designed to be one of total immersion, six days per week,
and provides the necessary training needed for those interested in applying
to graduate school.
Compensation: $600/month and on-site shared housing.
Duration: 15 August 2017 to 01 April 2018.
Qualifications: This job requires frequent strenuous physical activity;
applicants must be avid hikers who are comfortable hiking up and down hills
with equipment such as spotting scopes and blinds. 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 weather
with lots of annoying face flies), and an ability to tackle the rigors of
field work are a must. We especially encourage those applicants that plan to
attend graduate school in the near future and who are interested in
conducting an independent study during their tenure at Hastings. The reserve
is remote (about an hour from the nearest town), and therefore a good
attitude towards shared field housing situations is necessary, and having a
vehicle is highly desirable.
Interested applicants should submit a CV with an appropriate cover letter
and the names/affiliations of three academic references
to=A0sahasbarve@gmail.com. Please use “ACWO Field Assistant position” as the
subject of your email. More information on the project can be found at
PLEASE NOTE: Field assistant positions are only available to citizens or
permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. No exceptions
can be made.
Contact: Sahas Barve, firstname.lastname@example.org; Subject: ACWO Field Assistant