AVIAN ECOLOGIST, Honolulu, Hawaii. An avian ecologist position is available in Honolulu, Hawaii from Pacific Rim Conservation, a small company dedicated to studying and conserving the biota of the Pacific region. Primary duties will be management, research, and surveys for the endangered Oahu Elepaio, including 1) controlling alien rats using snap traps and bait stations; 2) measuring demographic responses of elepaio populations to rat control by searching for and monitoring nests and resighting color-banded birds to estimate survival; 3) assisting with mist-netting and banding of elepaio; 4) conducting surveys to determine current distribution and abundance of elepaio and locate additional sites for recovery efforts; and 5) data entry, basic statistical analyses, and writing technical reports and manuscripts for publication. The avian ecologist will work with the principle investigator, Dr. Eric VanderWerf, and help to supervise an avian conservation technician. Secondary duties will occasionally include assisting with monitoring and management of Laysan Albatross and Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Minimum Qualifications: Masters Degree in a biological or natural resources related field, Ph.D. preferred; at least 2 years experience in avian field ecology; experience with Hawaiian forest birds, nest searching, mist-netting, and predator control preferred; ability to drive a 4wd vehicle on rough roads. Physical Requirements: ability to hike over rough terrain in hot, humid conditions carrying a backpack weighing up to 35 pounds for 8 hours per day. Salary: $3,000-$3,500 per month depending on qualifications, medical and dental benefits provided. Dates of employment: 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2012, some flexibility, possibility for extension pending performance and funding.
This position is now closed.