Avian Field Technicians

FIELD TECHNICIANS (3) Three field technicians are needed to assist in a
study of red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) home ranges as they relate to
neighboring group density and foraging habitat characteristics. The study
will be conducted at 2 or 3 locations in the southeastern USA (NC, SC, and
GA). The Savannah River Site, a National Environmental Research Park,
located near Aiken, SC, will be one field site; remaining sites are TBD.
Primary duties of technicians will include conducting all-day follows of RCW
groups, collection of vegetation data, and data entry. Work schedule will be
5 days/week, but weekend work may be necessary from time to time. Salary
will be $1,800;$2,000/month and employment could extend for up to 24 months.
Housing will be provided.

Qualifications: Looking for hard-working, independent, and enthusiastic
individuals with interest in avian ecology. Applicants minimally should
possess a Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife ecology, or related field.
Previous experience conducting avian surveys, excellent communication
skills, meticulous data collection, strong work ethic, and a positive
attitude are required. Preference will be given to those who have experience
working with the RCW or resighting color-banded birds, and to individuals
able to make a long-term commitment to the project. Applicants must be able
to work independently and interact positively (often remotely) with a
collaborative research team. Applicants should be in good physical condition
and enjoy working outdoors – the ability to hike and work long hours in
adverse conditions (must be willing to work long hours in hot and humid
field conditions) and in remote field sites is a must. Other desirable
skills include: proficiency with GPS units, maps, compass, and MS Office
(Access, Excel, Word). Selected applicants will be subject to a criminal
background check. Must have or be willing to acquire a valid driver’s
license before the start date of the project. Must be U.S. citizen.

Last date to apply: None. Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until qualified applicants are found.

Start date: March 2013, specific dates somewhat flexible.

Contact: Please email a one-page cover letter outlining your interest in the
project, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to James
Garabedian. email: jegarabe@ncsu.edu

Aiken, South Carolina
North Carolina State University
James Garabedian