Boise State University will be hiring 1-2 field technicians to assist with a range-wide, year-round study of American Kestrel phenology. This project is a large collaboration between several University, NGO, and state and federal agencies.

Tasks:
Fall season (October 1-November 15)
-Post American Kestrel nest boxes on Department of Defense installations across the continental U.S.
-Field data collection, data entry and report preparation

Winter season (November 15-February 15)

Conduct American Kestrel trapping, banding and feather sample collection across the wintering range
-Field data collection, data entry and report preparation

Required Qualifications

  • Avian field experience (e.g. surveys, banding, biological sample collection)
  • Attention to detail/excellent note-taking skills
  • Comfortable living and working with others in field settings
  • Good communication skills and a positive attitude
  • Comfortable with extensive travel within the U.S. and potentially internationally
  • Comfortable working outdoors in cold temperatures and snow, and long work shifts
  • Willing to complete large amounts of paperwork associated with travel and costs
  • Exceptional driving skills
  • Able to climb ladders and lift ~15 pound boxes
  • Able to use hand tools
  • Valid driver’s license, experience driving 4×4 trucks
  • No criminal record, U.S. citizens only

    Preferred skills
  • Experience using bal-chatri traps
  • Experience handling raptors

Position will run from October 1 2017 to Feb 15 2018, with possibility of extension. Compensation is $2000-2500 per month commensurate on experience. Accommodation and a per diem will be covered during work shifts.

To Apply: send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references to Anjolene Hunt and Dr. Julie Heath at fcphenology@boisestate.edu. Please put “American Kestrel Field Technician” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until September 15, 2017. Competition will close when a suitable candidate is found, so please don’t wait to apply!