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Summer Students needed to assist with North American Breeding Bird Survey program

*Summer 2015 Student Contract Positions – BBS Biological Technicians *

*Summary: *

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking
to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the
North American Breeding Bird Survey program (*www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS
<http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS>)*, a long-term, continental avian monitoring
program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance
of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data,
data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing,
preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative
correspondence.

*Application deadline: *

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by *February
18, 2015. *

*Statement of Work *

1. *Types of services required: *During the summer field season,
approximately 3000 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian
identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to
inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will
include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and
quality control procedures using web-based and Teleform OCR technologies,
tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying,
scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with
participants.

2. *Required expertise/skills: *

a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate
course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).

b. Applicants must be majors in a biology related discipline or have
substantial experience with the North American birding community.

c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both
verbally and in writing.

d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize
and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).

e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.

3. *Eligibility requirements: *To be eligible for a student contract
position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a
recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at
least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or
university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who
left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these
contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student
status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children
are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are
eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on
their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and
Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are
usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions
against off-campus work.

4. *Description of working conditions: *Work will be performed in an office
environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in
Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This
is not a field or laboratory position.

5. *Compensation: *The student contractor will be paid $14.89 per hour.
Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave
benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and
from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide
housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty
station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.

6. *Principal Duty Station: *USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100
Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may
enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is
present.

7. *Additional information: *Number of students required is three.
Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer).
There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the
fall semester. The approximate start date is May 27, 2015. The approximate
end date is August 30, 2015. There is flexibility in start and end dates to
accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. *How to apply: *Send resume and cover letter to Dave Ziolkowski, Jr. via
email (*dziolkowski@usgs.gov <dziolkowski@usgs.gov>*). Applications must be
received on or before *February 18, 2015*. In your cover letter include an
explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected
graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2
above.

Job opportunity: (1-2) Bird Banders

Location: Washington, D.C./MD/VA
Duration: April – July (flexible)
Job Type: Seasonal
Application Deadline: 03/15/2015

Job Description:
1-2 Skilled Bird Banders are needed between mid-April-July (flexible) for a
study on the contribution of native and non-native plants to urban food
webs. This project works within the Neighborhood Nestwatch program (URL:
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/MigratoryBirds/Research/Neighborhood_Nestwatc
h/
) and combines avian ecology, entomology and citizen science to
investigate food resources for birds in suburban backyards. Daily duties
primarily include target and passive netting breeding and migratory birds to
color band and collect blood, fecal and feather samples. Duties will also
include processing blood samples for laboratory analysis, point count
surveys, resighting color-banded birds, nest searching/monitoring, and
assisting with insect/vegetation sampling as needed. Perks include the
opportunity to learn a diverse array of skills and the occasional pancake
breakfast. During the height of the breeding season, applicants should
expect long hours and a 6-7 day/wk schedule. Visits to field sites will
require daily commutes in busy DC traffic conditions. MD housing convenient
to the District will be provided, and government vehicles will be used for
work travel. Salary will be commensurate with experience. ($325-450/week).

Qualifications:
Required qualifications: 1) the ability to work independently and keep
meticulous notes, 2) a valid driver’s license; 3) the personality to
positively interact with the public on a spontaneous (but regular) basis,
and 4) experience using mist nets and independently banding passerine birds.

Preferred qualifications: Experience taking blood samples from birds,
identifying eastern/ornamental woody plants and identifying eastern breeding
birds by sight and sound.

To Apply:
To apply please send the following in a PDF or word document: 1) a letter of
interest highlighting your relevant experience, approximate number of birds
handled, dates of availability, and the reason you are interested in this
position; 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information for three
references that can attest to your experience and suitability for this
position. Please send all documents to DESIREE NARANGO (Email:
nestwatch.foodwebATgmail.com) and put FOOD WEB BIRD BANDER as the subject of
your email application. Positions will be open until filled.

FIELD TECHNICIANS at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

3-4) FIELD TECHNICIANS at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.
Location: Washington D.C./MD/VA.
Duration: 3-3.5 months.
Job Type: Seasonal.
Application Deadline: 15 March 2014.

Job Description: 3-4 Skilled field technicians are needed between April-July
(flexible) for a study on the contribution of native and non-native plants
to urban food webs. This project works within the Neighborhood Nestwatch
program (URL:
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/MigratoryBirds/Research/Neighborhood_Nestwatc
h/
) and combines avian ecology, entomology and citizen science to
investigate food resources for Carolina Chickadees in suburban backyards.
Daily duties may include nest monitoring, insect sampling, color-band
resighting, vegetation surveys, data entry, lab work and more.

Required qualifications:  1) the ability to work independently and keep
meticulous notes, 2) demonstrated field experience in either avian, insect
and/or woody plant sampling methods, 3) a valid driver’s license; and 4) the
personality to positively interact with the public on a spontaneous (but
regular) basis. Preferred qualifications: (1-2 positions) experience
independently banding passerine birds (taking blood samples, target netting,
aging, etc), (1 position) Insect identification and taxonomy, (1 position)
experience leading a crew (Any position) background in
horticulture, woody plant identification or urban ecology.

Perks include the opportunity to learn a diverse array of skills and the
occasional pancakes. During the height of breeding season, applicants should
expect long hours and a 6-7 day/wk schedule. Visits to field sites will
require daily commutes in sometimes busy DC traffic conditions. MD housing
and vehicles for work travel will be provided. Location is convenient to the
District as well as many natural areas, national parks and cultural and
historic sites. Salary will be commensurate with experience. ($325-
450/week).

To apply please send the following in a PDF or word document: 1) a letter of
interest highlighting your relevant experience, dates of availability, and
the reason you are interested in this position; 2) a CV, and 3) the names
and contact information for three references that can attest to your
experience and suitability for this position. Please send all documents to
DESIREE NARANGO (Email: nestwatch.foodwebATgmail.com) and put FOOD WEB FIELD
TECHNICIAN as the subject of your email application. Positions will be open
until filled.

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Paid Undergraduate Field Research Opportunity

Paid Undergraduate Field Research Opportunity

Drs. Lesley Bulluck (BIOL and CES) and Suzanne Robertson (MAT) are working with several colleagues to develop a model of West Nile Virus Transmission. Important empirical data for the exact timing of host nesting and host-vector (i.e., bird-mosquito) interactions are needed. Two field researchers will work together from March through July to (1) find American Robin nests in and around Richmond using behavioral observations as well as a Thermal Imaging camera and (2) deploy HD cameras on the nest to observe mosquito feeding rates and anti-mosquito behaviors. Preferred applicants will have some field work experience (especially animal observation) and/or a strong interest in helping with data analysis and preparation of a peer reviewed publication. Interested students please send a letter of interest and contact information for 2-3 references to Lesley Bulluck (lpbulluck@vcu.edu).  Deadline for application is December 15.