Hawaii Bird Nest Searchers

Kipuka Project
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Job Type: 
Full Time
Job Type: 
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
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Job Description: 
We are seeking experienced, enthusiastic, and hard-working nest-searchers to work with native birds on the Big Island of Hawaii. The primary role of the nest-searchers will be to search for and monitor nests of forest passerines in mid-elevation native Hawaiian forest patches. In addition, nest-searchers will be expected to assist with re-sighting color banded birds and setting up mist-nets, including carrying heavy poles across the lava. Nest-searchers will often work unsupervised and will be responsible for driving Forest Service vehicles to the field sites. Work will begin at 5:30 am and end between 3 and 5 pm, five days/week. Nest-searchers will work as part of a 6 person field crew and will live in a common house in Hilo with two people per bedroom. Amenities include working with one of the most unique and imperiled bird communities in the world and the opportunity to explore the big island of Hawaii during free time. This is a full-time temporary position.
Hawaiian birds hide their nests extremely well, often placing them 10 to 20 meters high in the canopy, and so nest-searchers MUST have prior experience finding bird nests in difficult conditions. Nest-searchers should also possess good record-keeping skills, a solid work ethic, and be in good physical condition because field work will take place in a rugged, often wet, and sometimes cool landscape. In addition to the above desirable skills, we are seeking individuals who work well with others under difficult field conditions.
Nest-searchers are responsible for their airfare to Hilo, HI and will receive a stipend of $600/mo. Housing will be provided, as well as a car to get to the office and to use within Hilo only.
How to Apply: 
Send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references via email (please put: Kipuka Nest-searcher in subject line) to JESSIE KNOWLTON (EM: jlknowlton AT gmail.com). We will make our decisions by mid-October, and due to the large number of applicants we receive we will not be able to inform those who are not selected.
09/24/2012 (All day)
Last updated September 20, 2012