Deep ecology in the Bakken oilfield: bird biologist needed Summer field work position ($11.87/hour): to measure birds, insects, soils, and plants.

This position is for a project in western North Dakota that determines how species diversity and soil productivity predict the presence of exotic and invasive species within the Bakken oilfield. The job will be to perform breeding season point counts of birds and insect sweeps independently in the field until early July. In the later season, the worker will operate as part of a team collecting soils and plant data.

Start date is May 18. End date is flexible.

Experience required: visual and auditory bird identification, using GPS technology to locate sites, experience with ecological sampling, and working independently.  The qualified person will be experienced in, and comfortable with, independent decision making in the field. Off road driving experience is helpful. Must be able to work pre-dawn hours. The person hired will be trained for additional field work that includes measuring plant frequency, collecting soils, quantifying soil conditions, and performing insect sweeps. Non-field days will be in the lab sorting insect samples.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to erin.espeland@ars.usda.gov Applications will be accepted until 3/12/15

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