Research Technician Position (Game Birds): Hawaii

Title: Research Technician (Game Birds): Hawaii

Agency: University of Wyoming

Type: Temporary/Seasonal Positions


Salary: $1000 per month plus housing and use of vehicle

Start date: flexible, but early July is preferred

End date: 6 month commitment is required with the potential to extend

Last date to apply: 5/10/2017

Technician needed (1 position) to study game bird ecology as part of a seeddispersal study on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Forest ecosystems of the

Hawaiian Islands have increasingly faced threats of species extinction andbiological invasion, resulting in novel communities composed of native andnonnative species. Although many native Hawaiian plants rely on birds forseed dispersal, nearly all native frugivorous birds are extinct. In the

last century, the Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) and Erckel=92s

Francolin (Pternistis erckelii) were introduced to the Hawaiian Islands forrecreational hunting. We are investigating the ecological impacts of these2 species on seed dispersal networks.

Technician responsibilities will include line transect surveys, bird  capture and banding, GPS telemetry, behavioral observations, vegetation

surveys, fecal sample collection, seed identification with microscope, anddata entry. Fieldwork will involve long days of strenuous hiking and heavylifting in temperamental weather conditions.

The technician will mostly work independently but in close contact with theHawaii VINE Project, a collaborative research effort seeking to determinehow well different species of non-native vertebrates disperse native plantspecies. Technician will be working and living with a crew of 4-5 field

techs that is predominantly focused on study of seed dispersal by  songbirds. Technician will be solely responsible for game bird fieldwork

once the graduate student leaves, and will report to a graduate student

that will be off island for most of the field season.

Start date is flexible, but early July is preferred. The duration of thisposition is 6 months, with the potential to extend. Technician will be

provided with housing, a living stipend of $1,000 per month, and access tovehicles.

Qualifications: A bachelor=92s degree in wildlife biology, zoology, ecologyor a related field and at least two years of field experience pertaining towildlife biology or botany are required. Experience working with game birdspecies or demonstrated knowledge of Hawaiian forest ecosystems may  substitute some requirements. Applicant must be responsible, organized, andcomfortable working independently. An enthusiasm for research and fieldworkis essential, as well as patience and a strong work ethic.

Contact: Please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact  information for three references as a single PDF document to Sam Case( by May 10th, 2017. A phone number and email

address must be included for each reference.