Reports to: Rebecca McGuire-Avian Ecologist
Location: Kasegaluk, Alaska
Country Program/Sector: Arctic Beringia Program
Position Type: Part-Time
Internal liaison: Beringia Avian Ecologist, Regional Director Arctic Beringia
Expected travel: Approximately 90% of this position's time will be spent in the field with a short period of
time pre- and post-field season in Fairbanks, AK.
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 (crew leader, technician, youth technician) will live tents on the barrier islands for the duration of the field season. Field conditions will wet, cold, windy, and possibly buggy later in the season. The field season is approximately June 15 to August 15, 2019
Technicians will conduct an eider nesting study from approximately June 15 to August 15, 2019. 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, updating the PIs regularly, and preparing a short report on the season's activities. Applicants must have some bird identification skills, interest in principles of wildlife ecology and avian research, be familiar with using a 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.
Associated topics: agrosciences, air monitoring, biodiversity, conservation, environment, environmental science, epa, field, sustainability, water monitoring