We will be hiring one full-time field assistant for three full months from mid-April through mid-July 2015. The assistant will be working on a research project investigating the breeding biology, behavior, and ecology of the endangered Bahama Swallow (Tachycineta cyaneoviridis). Primary responsibilities will involve assisting with capturing birds, locating and monitoring nests, conducting population and habitat surveys, and managing data. All fieldwork will take place on Great Abaco Island in The Bahamas. This position will provide opportunities to acquire new skills while working in a unique subtropical ecosystem. The Bahamas is a beautiful and exciting place to live and work, but applicants should expect long workdays with exposure to sun and heat, biting insects, and poisonwood (similar to poison ivy).

Qualifications
A B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Ecology, or related field is preferred. Applicant needs to be organized, motivated and able to work both in a team and independently. Priority will be given to applicants with biological field experience, particularly those who have experience with ornithological field techniques (mist netting, passerine banding, morphological measurements, brachial venipuncture).

Compensation
We will provide all transportation (including flights from the U.S. to the Bahamas), and room and board throughout the field season. At the conclusion of the field season, the assistant will receive a stipend of $1500.

To apply for the position, please send a cover letter, contact information for three references, and a copy of your CV to mayaw@vt.edu by 20 March 2015.

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