Field Assistant – Canada Warbler Demography

Field Assistant: Demography of Canada Warblers (Cardellina canadensis) along an elevation gradient in the central Appalachians

School of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program, West Virginia University

Description: The School of Natural Resources at West Virginia University is seeking a research technician to assist with a mark-recapture study of breeding Canada Warblers along an elevation gradient in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. Fieldwork will occur from approximately May 1 to€ June 30. The position will entail capture and banding of Canada Warblers, subsequent re-sighting of color-banded individuals, and other duties as they arise (e.g., vegetation surveys, data entry during rainy days, etc).

The ideal candidate should have experience mist netting, banding, and re-sighting color-marked birds. Candidates should expect early mornings and rugged field conditions. A remote field house is provided, but candidates should expect to spend the majority of working days camping in the field. Terrain in the central Appalachians can be steep and rocky. Candidates should be able to haul equipment off-trail over steep terrain. A field vehicle will be provided.

Stipend: $12.50 / hour for 40 hours / week.

To Apply: Interested individuals should send a CV, 1-page cover letter, and contact information for 3 references as a single PDF file to Dr. Christopher Rota at  . Review of applications is ongoing, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.