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Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) at National Science Foundation

Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) at National Science Foundation (3 years): HRD is again recruiting for 3 IPA positions for individuals who may be interested in coming to NSF for 3 years. These positions will work with any of the 5 programs or combination thereof: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU-UP), Improving Undergraduate Stem Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI program), and Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP). The positions will be open until filled. The link for this posting: https://beta.nsf.gov/careers/openings/ehr/hrd/hrd-2022-35518.

Bird Survey Technician (Summer)

Bird survey technicians will focus predominantly on bird surveys in the month of June. Afterbird surveys are complete, technicians will conduct arthropod surveys and/or join the other field crew members to help with vegetation surveys. During June bird surveys, survey technicians should be prepared to maintain a flexible schedule to work as weather dictates since bird surveys cannot occur after July 1 and cannot occur in rainy or windy conditions. The weekly schedule will vary through the course of the summer depending on if technicians are conducting bird or arthropod surveys (five 8-hour days) or vegetation surveys (four 10-hour days).

Bird surveys are conducted solo in the early morning, with work days ending by mid-day. Significant experience with forest bird identification (especially identification by ear) in the Northeast is required, though no prior experience with conducting formal point counts is necessary. Ability to navigate with a GPS or Avenza is required (training can be provided for technicians with no prior navigational experience) and technicians should feel comfortable conducting solo field work in remote areas and over potentially rugged terrain. Experience with arthropod and tree identification and with dendrological measurement techniques are a strong plus, but not required. 

All surveys will occur on sites in north central and northeastern Vermont, though exact locations are yet to be determined. Technicians should plan on a mix of commuting and staying at lodging closer to the survey site. In cases where lodging will be provided proximate to the site, technicians should plan on spending 3-4 nights of the week at said lodging. Technicians should secure housing in Burlington or elsewhere in northern Vermont for the summer for weekends or non-field days. 

Bird survey technicians will be hired for a total of 12 weeks over the summer. Exact start and end dates are somewhat flexible, though technicians must be ready to begin work by May 31st at the latest. Salary for undergraduate technicians is $15 and $15.25 for returning technicians or recent graduates.

To apply or with any questions, please contact project lead, Liza Morse, at liza.morse@uvm.edu. Applications should send a resume and cover letter that address the applicant’s experience with bird identification. Contact information for references that can speak to these skills are strongly recommended. Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until positions are filled.