Conservation InSight is currently seeking FIELD TECHNICIANS (3-5) to join our Florida team for the 2019 field season to assist with a long-term demographic study of the federally endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow in Everglades National Park. This position is temporary: 18 March 2019 – 19 July 2019. Salary: $2,100/mo.
We are looking for applicants who are detail-oriented, organized, able to work as part of a team, and who are enthusiastic about working in remote locations under sometimes harsh field conditions (e.g., heat, humidity, mosquitoes, and venomous snakes).
Previous avian research experience is required. Experience working with passerines in grassland habitat including nest searching and conducting point count surveys using distance sampling and/or time-of-detection sampling are strongly preferred. Passerine banding experience is a plus, as is experience deploying and maintaining nest video surveillance systems. Candidates who are proficient in MS Excel and have prior experience entering data in MS Access are desired.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
· Conducting point count surveys in remote areas
· Locating and monitoring nests in grassland habitat
· Deploying and maintaining nest cameras
· Re-sighting previously color-banded birds
· Territory mapping using GPS
· Vegetation sampling
· Data entry and management
· Some outreach
Fieldwork will be conducted in early mornings (beginning pre-dawn) 5-6 days/week; afternoons will be spent entering data, maintaining equipment, and conducting outreach (e.g., writing blogs or developing social media posts). Shared housing in Homestead, FL will be provided. Field crew will travel to and from remote field sites by car/foot or by helicopter. DOI helicopter certification will be provided.
Applicants must provide their own transportation to South Florida and have their own vehicle for getting to and from field sites. Sites are ~10-30 miles from housing. Fuels costs for travel to study sites will be reimbursed. Applicants must be physically fit and able to carry 20-50 pounds of field equipment at times.
Send a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Tom Virzi, along with a resume and three references (include names, emails, and phone numbers) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “CSSS Field Tech” in the subject line of your email. Deadline to apply: December 31, 2018 (or until filled).