The NEW ABS News System is Now Available.View News »

Animal Behavior Society
Animal Behavior Society

Working towards a better understanding of animal behavior

About the ABS

ABS News

Volunteer Field Assistants for Sage-grouse work
Field Assistants
Posted Nov 7
VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS (3) needed approximately February 20th
through June 20th, 2019 for investigations of the behavior and ecology of Greater
Sage-Grouse near Mono Lake, California in the beautiful Eastern Sierra. 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: ( and (

Assistants will use video and audio recording technology to support a study of courtship dynamics and display plasticity on the lek. Part of the study also focuses on sage-grouse diet and volunteers will be expected to help collect vegetation data every afternoon after watching birds in the morning 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, 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).

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 basic 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] The positions will remain open until filled, and review of applications will begin immediately.