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Avian Field Technicians

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia, US
Closing date
Jun 15, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Position Information

Classification Title Temporary Technical Paraprofessional FLSA Non-Exempt UGA Job Code FTE 1.00 Minimum Qualifications Position Summary

The Chandler and Rushing Labs are hiring 6 field technicians to assist with a long-term study investigating the impacts of climate change on trailing-edge populations. This study is focusing on Black-throated Blue Warblers, Hooded Warblers, Canada Warblers, Veery, Ovenbirds, Slate-colored Juncos, Eastern Towhees, and Wood Thrush. Technicians will be hired to fill certain roles, but they will have opportunities to assist with all aspects of the project. Available technician roles include experienced nest searching, lead passerine banders, and banding assistants.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position

* Some classes in Ecology, Biology, Wildlife, or related field.
* Applicants should have good color vision, an interest in avian ecology, and willingness to hike and work alone in rugged and mountainous terrain and variable weather conditions.
* Positions also necessitates attention to detail, self-motivation, and a positive attitude for long days (8-12 hours) in the field with biting insects.

Preferred Education and Experience:

* Associate degree or higher in wildlife management or related field
* Experience with passerine nest searching
* Experience with mist-netting and handling of nestlings
* Experience with tagging birds with radio-transmitters/motus tags
* Experience with setup/maintenance of motus towers

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Bird banding, Nest searching, Ability to identify birds by sight and sound, Ability to setup trail cameras.

Physical Demands

Navigating dense mountainous terrain carrying up to 25lbs of field equipment, sometimes before daybreak, and in areas inhabited by bears, feral hogs and venomous snakes. Driving.

Positions may work regular overtime, which is time over 80 hours in a biweekly pay period, and will be paid at 1.5x your base pay rate. There will be some weeks with fewer than 40 hours per week worked.

Is this a Position of Trust? No Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a requirement of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No Background Investigation Policy

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.

Contact Information

Recruitment Contact

Contact Details

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name Clayton Delancey Recruitment Contact Email Recruitment Contact Phone

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* Resume/CV
* Cover Letter

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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