Avian Field Technician: Massachusetts
Agency: The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Location: Amherst, MA
Job Category: Full time seasonal
Salary: $11.00/hr, 40 hrs/week
Note: Housing not provided
Start date: early May
End date: early August
Last date to apply: April 7, 2017
Description: Technician will work under the supervision of a PhD student
running the research project. Duties include but are not limited to:
nest searching for Wood Thrush and Gray Catbird nests in suburban forest
patches and a large forest with minimum public access, nest monitoring
and observation, placing and maintaining nest cameras, mistnetting to
capture and band adults, measuring nestling and adult body conditions,
taking detailed notes for data entry, using equipment responsibly, and
assisting other field crew members when necessary. Applicants should be
able to start work early (~ 5am), move through forest patches carrying
equipment (including 25 lb. golf cart batteries), and handle summer
field conditions (heat and insects). Applicants MUST have a car which
can be used as an additional field vehicle (with gas reimbursement).
Ideal applicants also have experience bleeding birds, plant ID skills
for northeastern temperate forests, and can identify northeastern birds
by sight and sound.
Qualifications: Minimum of Bachelorâ€™s degree in wildlife related field.
Must be willing to work early hours (starting approx. 5 am), drive
personal vehicle, and work in field conditions in forested areas.
General computer knowledge and skills required. Previous experience nest
searching and mistnetting birds is necessary.
Note: Start and end dates are flexible. Housing not provided.
Interested and qualified applicants should submit a resume, cover
letter, and contact information for three references to: Kit Straley