WORK LOCATION: Smyrna, Delaware
EMPLOYMENT PERIOD: Full time (40 hours/week; 9 months)
POSITION AVAILABLE: Biological Aide for Wildlife Section
Primary responsibilities will be to recruit and manage a large volunteer team
for the Delaware Shorebird Project, a project with over 20 years of history
monitoring and studying shorebird populations during their migratory stopover
in Delaware Bay. The Biological Aide is expected to assist the shorebird
biologist with coordinating and leading a team of volunteers and scientists in
data collection during an intense migratory period in May. Responsibilities
prior to the May field season, include, reviewing volunteer applications,
assisting with selecting and communicating with potential volunteers to develop
an informed and efficient team for the season, and developing volunteer
orientation and training materials.
During the field season the Aide will be expected to spend workdays at a field
house rented by the project to serve as the primary point of contact for
volunteers, coordinating arrival and departure logistics, and assisting
volunteers with paperwork and navigating the communal living environment. The
Aide will work with experienced volunteers and the shorebird biologist to
organize training sessions for less experienced volunteers. The Aide will also
participate in all aspects of the fieldwork including, capturing shorebirds
using cannon nets, weighing, measuring and marking shorebirds, and resighting
marked shorebirds. During the field season, most of the day will be spent in
After the field season, the Aide will assist with data entry, management, and
QA/QC, and prepare outreach materials for volunteers such as a field season
report and social media posts.
The Aide may also have the opportunity to work on other Species Conservation
and Research projects as assigned.
Full time (40 hours/week) for up to 9 months at $10.00- $12.00 per hour.
Preference for candidates with a bachelor's degree in wildlife ecology/natural
resource management or closely related field, and prior field work experience,
especially capturing, handling, and banding birds, and using a spotting scope
to resight color bands and/or alphanumeric coded flags. Familiarity with
programs for data entry and management (i.e., GIS, Excel and Access) is desired.
A valid driver's license and clean driving record.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & DEADLINE
Apply by emailing (preferred) or mailing a hard copy of your resume/CV
(lastname_cv_shorebird.doc) along with a cover letter
(lastname_coverletter_shorebird.doc) describing your qualifications, and
contact information for three references to Audrey DeRose-Wilson
Hardcopy applications can be sent to the ATTN: of Audrey DeRose-Wilson;
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife; 4876 Hay Point Landing Road; Smyrna, DE
19977. Application deadline is March 5, 2018.