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(Sam.Case.Hawaii@gmail.com) by May 10th, 2017. A phone number and email
address must be included for each reference.