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Position starts mid-May, and ends late-September, exact dates flexible.
Audubon's Seabird Institute is conducting a study on the movement ecology of terns and storm-petrels in the Gulf of Maine. The project is using miniature GPS devices attached to seabirds to record foraging tracks during the nesting season, as well as movements during the staging, migration and wintering periods. This study will occur alongside Audubon’s Seabird Institute’s long-term seabird monitoring work.
Primitive camping and working on offshore islands is required. Food is provided, as well as housing on the mainland when moving between field sites. The island field stations will have limited electricity (solar panels power research needs), propane stoves, composting toilet, and no running water (rainwater is collected for washing; drinking water is brought from the mainland). Communications with the mainland are via cell or VOIP phone, with VHF radios as back-up.
From mid-May until August, the seabird GPS tracking research assistant will assist with the recapture of previously tagged birds, deployment of new tags, monitoring of breeding birds, and data management on several different islands in Maine. From August through September they will relocate to Cape Cod, Massachusetts to track staging Common and Roseate Terns (food and housing provided). Applicants with access to a vehicle preferred (work mileage reimbursed), but those without access to a personal vehicle will be considered. Much of this work will be conducted under minimal supervision and the technician must be comfortable working independently.
$15.00-$19.00 / hour dependent on experience.
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