Field Technician (Arctic Alaska Nest Monitoring)Prudhoe Bay AK
Position Objectives: The study is a continuation of a long-term monitoring effort evaluating nesting productivity in a suite of tundra-nesting birds (primarily shorebird and waterfowl species) in an active oilfield at Prudhoe Bay, AK. The primary goals are to assess nest density, nest survival, and predator numbers on the long-term plots. The crew (crew leader and one technician) will live in the oilfield facilities, access study plots in the oilfields using a vehicle, and will interact with oilfield personnel on a daily basis. Field conditions will initially be snowy and cold and then wet, cold, and buggy later in the season. The field season is approximately 25 June to 25 July 2017.
Principle Responsibilities: Duties include re-establishing study plots, conducting nest searches (using both rope drag and behavioral nest search techniques), monitoring discovered nests for survivorship, floating eggs to determine age, conducting surveys for potential nest predators, collecting snow cover and habitat data, trapping, banding, and data entry. The field leader will be responsible for preparing a short report on the summer’s activities, including summary statistics.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicants must have excellent bird identification skills, education and training, solid nest-searching experience, advanced knowledge and education in principles of wildlife ecology and avian research, be familiar with using a compass, GPS, and Microsoft Excel, and able to consistently exercise discretion and judgment, and make decisions while working independently. Experience, education and/or training working in the oilfields, particularly at Prudhoe Bay, is preferable, as is experience in the Arctic. Applicants must be enthusiastic, in excellent physical condition and willing to hike many miles each day in hip boots, and be able to work for long hours in, sometimes, difficult field conditions. Applicants must be comfortable working in bear country. The ability to work independently and follow all oil field regulations is vital.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology or a related field is required. The crew leader must have previous experience as a crew leader, several seasons of experience banding shorebirds and/or passerines. Both positions require at last one season experience working as a field technician on nesting birds. Work is in an active oil-field so consistent attention to safety is mandatory. Non-U.S. citizen applicants must have (or obtain) a social security number.