Bird Related Jobs

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.