Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Champaign-Urbana, IL
Songbird Field Technician position

 

Description: I am seeking one motivated research technician to assist a
graduate student in a study exploring the behavioral mechanisms driving
habitat selection in shrub land songbirds of northern IL. The project
focuses primarily on Field Sparrows and Yellow Warblers. The position
will run from ~15 April through ~15 July, but those still in school or
unavailable until May should still (and are encouraged to) apply. Stipend
will be $10/hr on a ~40 hr/week schedule, and housing near field sites
will be provided.

Responsibilities: Daily responsibilities include avian point counts,
behavioral surveys, maintenance and deployment of field equipment for
playback experiments, vegetation sampling, and data entry.

Qualifications: Field technician will mostly work independently after
training to manage and monitor sites across northern IL. Leadership,
organizational, and quality assurance skills are essential for this
position. Candidates with experience in songbird point counts and
behavioral observations, the ability to identify Midwestern birds by
sight, a keen eye for detail and meticulous data recording, and the ability to
withstand varying field conditions (e.g., heat, rain, ticks, etc.) and
work long hours will be preferred. Candidates must be able to lift 30-40 lbs
as car batteries must be moved over long distances to power field equipment.
Lastly, candidate must have a valid driver¹s license to operate field
vehicles for travel from site to site.

For further information or to apply, please send a letter of interest,
resume, and contact information for 3 references to Janice Kelly by
e-mail: (jkkelly2@illinois.edu). Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled.