Position Title: Avian Field Technician Position Service Site: Beaver Creek Reserve (Fall Creek, WI)
Service Time: April 3, 2023 – August 18, 2023 (675 Hour AmeriCorps Term) (20 weeks) (35hrs/wk)
Benefits: Living stipend total for the whole term = $9,000 ($450.00/week), Education Award = $2,626.27 upon successful completion of service.
Onsite housing available.
Requirements: Covid-19 vaccine required.
OVERVIEW: Beaver Creek Reserve (BCR) is an environmental center founded in 1947. The 400-acre nature reserve includes the Eau Claire County Youth Camp, the Wise Nature Center, Citizen Science Center and the Hobbs Observatory. This unique combination of facilities provides a special atmosphere where people, young and old alike, can discover, learn and appreciate the mysteries and miracles of the world where we live. Beaver Creek Reserve is the bridge that connects what youth and adults learn in their everyday environment and adds real-life tangible experiences that support growth and understanding of the natural world.
Beaver Creek has a long history of monitoring birds. Through the years, BCR has participated in bird hikes, bird banding, nest box monitoring, bird surveys, and public outreach programs. Currently the BCR Avian Monitoring Program (AMP) includes three monitoring projects, four banding projects, the Christmas Bird Count, Wisconsin Crane Count, Bird School, and numerous outreach programs.
Beaver Creek has over 700 acres of property, over nine miles of trails, and numerous educational spaces used for outreach, training and monitoring. The Avian Field Technician will be responsible for assisting with the upkeep, maintenance and conservation of these spaces. There is a lot of room for personal creativity and inspiration in this position.
SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Beaver Creek Reserve’s Avian Field Technician program has two goals. The first goal is to provide the technician with quality training and hands-on experiences participating in and assisting with running an avian research station. The second goal is for the Avian Field Technician to assist the Citizen Science Center in helping the Avian Monitoring Program to run smoothly, efficiently and professionally.
Some of the projects this position will work on include Weekly Feeder Bird banding, American Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring, MAPS – Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, Motus Avian tracking, Bald Eagle Nest Watch, Bluebird Restoration Project and several outreach programs.
HOUSING: Members should be prepared to live in communal housing with other members of the program/organization/agency. Members should expect to have roommates, and must inform staff of any housing preferences or required accommodations.
Seeking a candidate with knowledge and experience handling and banding birds. Experience with Motus is highly desired. Candidate must have excellent communication skills, be well organized, motivated, and deadline orientated. Knowledge of common bird monitoring databases, such as the Bird Banding Lab, Cornell NestWatch, American Kestrel Partnership is highly recommended. Candidate does not need to be a permitted bander.
Please submit your resume, references, and cover letter to [email protected]
$2,626.27 Education Award upon term completion.
On-site housing available.
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