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The Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit

The University of Montana


Field assistants are sought for an ongoing, long-term study of the behavioral, demographic, and life

history ecology of a high elevation avian community and riparian ecosystem. The field site is located in

high elevation (7800') forest in North Central Arizona, where we have extensively studied 32 species of

breeding birds for 31 years. Field assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in many of the

field techniques used in avian research. Field assistants will be given the opportunity to work and interact

with graduate students conducting innovative science at this site. The field camp is remote, primitive, and

requires tent-living. The project runs from ~ 1 May and ends ~ 25 July. Pay is $1288 - $1400/month,

depending on experience. We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a

solid work ethic, and can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living in large groups.

Prior experience with birds is desirable but not required; self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm

for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. Reviews of applications and filling of

positions is occurring now and will continue until positions are filled (No later than January 31).

We are seeking to hire multiple individuals for 3 different job types:

  • Target- Netter Technicians (8 Positions)

We are looking for enthusiastic, creative banders to actively catch birds. Banders will use
playback, alarm calls, nestling begging, and observation for strategic net placement to
successfully catch targeted individuals. Banders will be expected to band, bleed, and take
morphological measurements on both juvenile and adult birds. Additionally, part of this project
focuses on energetics so banders will use doubly labeled water methodology. Individuals
applying for this position must be comfortable working closely with others, as we typically have
banders in teams of two.

  • Nest Searcher Technicians (6 Positions)

Individuals applying for these positions must be highly motivated and work well independently.
Nest searchers will locate and monitor nests through the duration of the bird’s nesting cycle. Nest
searchers will assist with collecting data on nestling/fledgling morphological measurements as
well as survival through tracking with radio telemetry.

  • Nestling Measurer/ Telemetry Technicians (3 Positions)

Individuals applying for these positions will work closely with others as well as independently.
Desired applicants are very detailed oriented and efficient at completing assigned tasks.
Individuals will specialize in banding and taking morphological measurements of
nestling/fledglings, as well as attaching transmitters and tracking young birds once they leave the
nest via radio telemetry.

To apply, please submit:
1.    Cover Letter (Please include why you are interested in this project, your desired position, as
well as your relevant experience.)
2. Resume
3. Three References (Please include name, email address, and telephone numbers)

Please send application materials in a single document to Email is
preferred, but if you need to send applications materials via mail, please send them to:

Maggie Riordan
Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
32 Campus Drive
Natural Sciences 205
Missoula, MT 59812

Natural Sciences Room 205

Missoula, MT 59812