Position: Arctic Alaska Eider Field Technician
Reports to: Rebecca McGuire, Avian Ecologist
Location: Kasegaluk/Fairbanks, Alaska
Country Program/Sector: America's Program, Arctic Beringia
Position Type: Full-Time temporary
Internal liaison: Arctic Beringia Avian Ecologist, Arctic Beringia Regional Director
Expected travel: 90% of this position's time will be spent in the field (Kasegaluk Lagoon), and 10% of the time in Fairbanks
The study is a continuation of a breeding biology study of Common Eiders breeding on the barrier islands of Kasegaluk Lagoon, AK. The primary goals are to assess nest density, nest survival, and predator numbers on barrier islands. The crew and one technician) will live tents on the barrier islands for the duration of the field season and supervise a youth field technician (Field conditions will wet, cold, windy, and possibly buggy later in the season.)
Duties will include nest searches on the islands, recording habitat information, assigning nest site vegetation and woody debris classifications for each nest found, determining nest fate, and data entry. Time-lapse nest cameras will be placed at a subsample of nests to determine nest predators, flooding events, and disturbance. A subset of eiders will be trapped on the nest and blood samples will be taken. Additionally the field crew will facilitate and work with several youth videographers and their supervisor who will visit the field site for a week in July. The field leader will be responsible for coordinating daily activities, updatingthe PIs regularly, and preparing a short report on the season's activities.
Applicants must have excellent bird identification skills, education and training, advanced knowledge and education in principles of wildlife ecology and avian research, be familiar with using a compass, GPS, binoculars, and able to consistently exercise discretion and judgment, and make decisions while working independently. Experience, education and/or training working in the Arctic is preferred,as is experience nest searching, and experience with small boats with outboard motors. Applicants must be enthusiastic, in excellent physical condition and willing to work for long hours in difficult field conditions. Applicants must be comfortable working in bear country. The field site is in the vicinity of subsistence hunting activities (primarily beluga whales) and applicants must be comfortable with these activities
and respect the hunters. The ability to work independently and follow all safety protocols is vital.
* Communication within WCS and with partners needs to be constant and ongoing.