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Sage-grouse Behavioral Ecology Volunteer Researcher Assistants-California
Field Assistants
Posted Nov 29
VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS (3) needed approximately March 6 through June 15, 2018 for investigations of the behavior and ecology of Greater Sage-Grouse near Mammoth Lakes, California and the scenic Mono Basin. The projects are part of a larger effort in Prof. Gail Patricelli’s lab at UC Davis to understand the environmental and social factors shaping sage-grouse display behaviors- see the following websites for more information: (http://patricellilab.faculty.ucdavis.edu/) and (http://www.alankrakauer.org). Assistants will use video and audio recording technology to support a study of courtship dynamics and display plasticity on the lek. Duties include some or all of the following: maintaining camera and acoustic monitoring equipment, observation of basic courtship behavior and lek counts, capture of adult sage-grouse, collection of vegetation and fecal samples, data entry, and some computer and video analysis. Assistants must be flexible in their needs and comfortable living and working in close quarters in a remote field station, and able to work in adverse field conditions (mainly MUD, WIND, and COLD). Work will be daily and primarily early in the morning, with afternoon work required as well. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, basic computer skills, and have participated in at least one field biology project in the past. Previous experience/certification with off-road driving and/or ATV’s is preferred but not required (individuals without ATV certification must be willing to learn and get certified in the field). Must be US citizens or have proof of United States employment eligibility. Assistants will receive food and shared housing. Please send a single PDF containing a cover letter, resume, and contact info for two (2) references to: Eric Tymstra, Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California Davis, One Shields Avenue, 2320 Storer Hall, Davis, CA 95616, or preferably by email to eftymstra [at] ucdavis.edu. The positions will remain open until filled, and review of applications will begin immediately.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, basic computer skills, and have participated in at least one field biology project in the past. Previous experience/certification with off-road driving and/or ATV’s is preferred but not required (individuals without ATV certification must be willing to learn and get certified in the field). Must be US citizens or have proof of United States employment eligibility. Assistants will receive food and shared housing.