The Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Program works to promote healthy human communities and wildlife conservation in the Adirondacks through an information-based and cooperative approach to research, community involvement, and outreach. WCS is seeking experienced birders to help with a research project examining effects of residential development on breeding bird communities in the Adirondacks.
Job Description Field Crew Leader will manage 2-3 field assistants working on residential private lands and undeveloped control sites. The Crew Leader will be responsible for scheduling site visits on private land and will be primary liaison with property owners. The Crew Leader will be responsible for arranging field logistics and coordinating equipment use. The Crew Leader will also conduct surveys of local bird communities using both standard point counts and nest searching methods. Ten-minute point count surveys will be conducted within local subdivisions and control areas to assist in collecting abundance and distribution data for all species of passerines detected. The Crew Leader will also conduct nest searches and nest status monitoring for a limited set of target species including American robin, hermit thrush, ovenbird, white-throated sparrow, and dark-eyed junco (these targets are subject to change). In addition to bird work, the crew leader will collect additional data at study site locations including traditional habitat sampling but also including sampling of human disturbance/activity variables. This will include data collection for levels and types of anthropogenic activities, as well as assistance with acoustic and light monitoring and operation of camera traps. The crew leader and field assistants will also be responsible for data entry during the field season. These positions will require 13-15 weeks of full time field work; competitive pay based on experience plus possible housing provided. It may be possible to obtain institutional credit for undergraduate applicants.
Qualifications Self-motivated, professional, able to work independently in remote locations. Strong interpersonal skills desired including the ability to converse with a diversity of landowners and field questions about the study from them. Birding skills and expertise with songs of Adirondack passerine species required. Hiking, navigation, and GPS experience preferred. Some weekend and overnight work may be required. Travel around the Adirondacks required; own transportation is necessary, travel costs will be reimbursed. Potential crew leaders must be available between May 5 and August 20, 2013. At this time, we cannot guarantee housing availability with absolute certainty but intend to make every effort to secure housing for field staff.
Please apply on-line at www.wcs.org, scroll to careers at the bottom of the page, and follow the prompts to apply on-line (you must register). Please also send, e-mail, or fax a copy of your resume and letter of interest by Monday, February 28th to
Wildlife Conservation Society
7 Brandy Brook Ave. #204
Saranac Lake, NY 12983