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    VOLUNTEER RESEARCH ASSISTANT (posted Oct 23, 2012)  – Reintroduction of the Scarlet Macaw in
    Palenque National Park, Mexico – Jan-Dec 2013. Location: Palenque National
    Park, Mexico. Duration: 12 months, January-December 2013. Job
    Type: seasonal. Application Deadline: 31 August 2013 Job Description: We are
    looking for volunteer research assistants for the pre and post release
    phases of a reintroduction project of Scarlet macaws in Palenque National
    Park (URL: The subspecies Ara macao
    cyanoptera found in Mexico has become extinct in most of its range due to
    illegal capture for trade coupled to habitat loss. Scarlet macaws have been
    extinct in the region of Palenque, southeast Mexico, for about 50-60 years.
    The ecopark Xcaret (URL: will donate 60 captive bred
    macaws/year (2013-2015) for the reintroduction project. A “soft-release”
    protocol will be used in Palenque. Volunteer research assistants will
    participate in both release phases. This will include procedures to induce
    the macaws to form flocks, to recognize wild foods and predators, to use
    artificial roost boxes, among others. It will also include tracking the
    macaws´ adaptation to their new environment (range and foods use among
    Participation may be geared to meet academic requirements at your
    institution of origin e.g. practicum, thesis. Background in animal behavior
    and ecology, conservation biology, ornithology or veterinary sciences is
    important. Assistants will be responsible for international
    airfare/transportation and for food costs. Lodging will be provided by the
    field project in a comfortable fully equipped house with internet access
    about 4 km from Palenque National Park. Term of appointment, starting
    mid-January 2013: 4, 6, 12 months. To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and
    two references to DR. ALEJANDRO ESTRADA, (EM: aestrada AT,
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

    Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at New Mexico State University
    is seeking three research technicians to aid projects on Lesser
    Prairie-chicken ecology in eastern New Mexico. Primary duties include
    trapping, radio-collaring, and radio-telemetry of prairie chickens, as well
    as vegetation surveys. Eligible applicants will be available for work
    beginning March 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013.
    Irregular hours (pre-dawn), potentially long work days in hot and dry
    conditions, and possible encounters with venomous snakes should be expected.
    Applicants should be comfortable living with other technicians and graduate
    students in shared housing (provided) at a remote setting in eastern New
    Mexico. Preference will be given to applicants that have demonstrated
    experience in field research, radio-telemetry, and habitat surveys related
    to avian ecology. Qualifications: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree
    in wildlife science, biology, or related field.
    Experience in radio-telemetry, habitat surveys, and avian field research is
    preferred. Successful applicants will have a positive work attitude and
    strong work ethic. . Salary: $1,600 per month plus housing and utilities. To
    apply, please send a cover letter (summarizing research experience,
    description of work ethic, and reasons for interest in the position),
    resume, and contact information for three references IN A SINGLE PDF to ANDY
    LAWRENCE (EM: lepc.nm AT Closing date 19 Nov 2012. Salary:
    $1,600 per month plus housing and utilities.

    POST-DOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY: Population Modeling of Hawaiian Forest Birds at
    USGS Pacific Islands Ecosystems Res Cent. Website: Location: Hilo, Hawaii. Duration:
    1 year position. Job Type: Post-doc. Application Deadline: 11 Nov 2012.
    Job Description: This post-doctoral opportunity is a 1 year position (with
    possibility of an additional year of funding) to implement demographic
    modeling and population viability analysis of Hawaii forest birds to address
    important conservation issues. Hawaii’s forest birds are famous for both
    their unique diversity and dire conservation needs.
    Population models of the forest birds are needed to better understand how
    current and future threats may affect population viability, and to evaluate
    relative effectiveness of multiple management actions to prioritize
    conservation resources. Primary focus of position will be utilizing
    Integrated Population Models (IPM) to link mark/recapture data with
    long-term census data from Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii
    Island, to estimate demographic parameters for eight native and two
    introduced forest bird species. Population models will then be constructed
    for each species using these demographic estimates and used to simulate
    population viability under multiple threat and management scenarios to
    provide guidance for mangers and policy makers. This is a great opportunity
    for a quantitative-orientated ecologist with a passion for conservation to
    work closely with a diverse team of ecologists, field biologists, and
    managers to help develop conservation strategies to ensure the persistence
    of an imperiled community. Opportunities to be involved in ongoing
    demographic studies of the forest birds will be made available. The position
    is based in lovely Hilo, Hawaii
    (,_Hawaii) working for the USGS Pacific
    Island Ecosystem Research Center (
    as a University of Hawaii employee. Salary is $3,620/month with full
    benefits. Qualifications: PhD in Ecology, Conservation Biology, or closely
    related field. Demonstrable experience in wildlife population modeling or
    decision analysis, applied statistics/data analysis, and scientific writing.
    Preference given to applicants with working knowledge of avian ecology and
    demographic studies, climate change studies, population abundance analysis
    and survey techniques; prior experience in the use of statistical models for
    the analysis of management decisions or adaptive management; programming
    skills (R, WinBugs, or similar programs). Strong communication skills
    necessary (both written and verbal). To Apply: Additional details and
    instructions for applying are found at: (URL: For questions
    or additional information, please contact EBEN PAXTON, USGS Pacific Islands
    Ecosystems Research Center, (PH: 808-985-6423, EM:
    epaxton AT

    POST-DOC OPPORTUNITY - Grassland Bird Researcher at University of Oklahoma.
    Location: Norman, OK. Duration: Three years, starting in mid January 2013.
    Job Type: Post-doc. Application Deadline: 20 Nov 2012. Job
    Description: We seek a highly qualified candidate to execute a pioneering
    new approach to conserving grassland birds. Anticipated conversion of grain
    production, grazing lands, and CRP areas to biofuel crops throughout the
    Midwestern US presents both challenges and opportunities for grassland
    birds. Although some habitats will be lost, the use of switchgrass as a
    biofuel, can create new prospects for nesting and foraging. We have recently
    received funding from the USDA to use agent-based models to predict how
    regional populations of grassland birds will respond to a variety of land
    use scenarios that represent potential real world trajectories. We will
    parameterize our models by conducting surveys of different land cover types,
    by mining the literature, and by tracking migratory species using
    miniaturized geolocators. Agent-based models will be constructed within an
    ARC GIS framework such that virtual birds can move and otherwise respond to
    a realistic computerized landscape, and we will use ebird and weather-radar
    data to validate model output. To carry out this ambitious project, we need
    someone capable of synthesizing behavioral modeling, landscape data, and
    avian natural history. We do not expect applicants to demonstrate
    proficiency in all of these areas of expertise, but we would like to see
    evidence of being able to quickly master new software and methodologies.
    Salary is $35K to $40K commensurate with experience.
    Qualifications: 1) Ph.D in a relevant field awarded by start date; 2)
    Experience in at least one of the following: grassland bird conservation,
    spatial modeling, animal behavior, radar ornithology, geolocator tracking of
    terrestrial birds; 3) Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills
    for working as part of a diverse multidisciplinary research team; 4)
    Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills with capabilities to
    author peer-reviewed journal publications and proposals, and to deliver
    scientific presentations. To
    Apply: Please email your CV, a list of at least three references with
    contact information, and a letter that highlights your relevant experiences
    to ELI BRIDGE (EM: ebridge AT Inquiries are welcome via email or
    phone (PH: 4 zero 5 three 2 five 2 six 5 eight). We hope to make a decision
    by late November.