Avian Field Technician

Agency: School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
Location: Greene, Lamar, etc. Counties, MS Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary: $9-10/hour – Housing provided
Start Date: 4/30/2018, but flexible for students taking spring courses Last Date to Apply: 03/30/2018

We are seeking a full time field technician to assist with avian point counts and vegetation sampling on private lands in southern Mississippi, USA. This work is part of a research project in cooperation with the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service studying avian community composition in longleaf pine stands on private lands. Specifically, this project is focused on sparrow species of conservation concern (e.g., Bachman’s Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, and the Grasshopper Sparrow). Exact starting and end dates for the position are somewhat flexible, but applicants should expect to work from late April through July.

Description of Duties:
Point counts will occur from sunrise to around 10 am every day, with 0-2 days off a week, depending on weather conditions. Vegetation sampling will occur for a couple of hours each afternoon. Technicians will be required to perform avian point counts independently, and may be required to hike through and work in adverse conditions, particularly high heat, humidity, and dense vegetation.

Candidates possessing or pursuing a degree in wildlife, ecology, forestry, natural resources, or a related field are preferred. Applicant must also be in good physical condition, able to walk long distances and work in areas with dense vegetation during the summer in Mississippi. Previous field experience (specifically point count experience) and familiarity with southeastern bird species associated with open pine ecosystems are strongly preferred. Applicants must possess a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and be tolerant of environmental discomfort. A valid driver’s license is required.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Natalie Harris, nrh0030@auburn.edu. Early submission of application materials is recommended, as the position may be filled prior to March 30 if a qualified candidate is identified.