Mammal Camera Lab Technician - House Wren Project

Project Description : 

I’m Aaron Grade (agradeeco.wordpress.com), a PhD student in Dr. Paige Warren’s lab. We are an urban ecology lab based in the Department of Environmental Conservation. I am seeking laboratory technicians in Fall 2017 for an avian urban ecology study. There is the potential to continue working for the project into the Spring semester as well. My study is focused on the effects of perceived predation risk on House Wren nesting biology on an urban-to-rural gradient. During our summer field seasons, we monitor House Wren nests in nest boxes on private homeowner lands. We work in collaboration with Neighborhood Nestwatch Springfield, administered by the Smithsonian and U.S. Forest Service. We conduct avian, small mammal, and habitat surveys, monitor nests, and measure House Wren eggs and nestlings. We are now seeking undergraduate technicians to aid in mammal camera data entry, videography data entry, and data management. Positions can be either for credit or on a volunteer basis.

Mammal Camera Technician – 2 credits (6 hours/wk)
(6 positions available)

Description: Mammal camera technicians will be responsible for entering data by sorting through mammal camera trap photos. In addition, technicians will do miscellaneous data-related tasks. Undergraduates applying for this position MUST be responsible, careful and detail oriented, and hard-working. No prior research experience is required, but preference will be given to undergraduates who have an advanced understanding of small mammal and bird identification skills. Technicians will have the opportunity to learn small mammal identification, bird identification, and basic principles of scientific data collection and processing. This is a 6 hour per week (i.e., 2 credit) position. Students MUST have at least 6 hours of availability per week, preferably in blocks of at least 2 hours. After training, undergraduates may work off-site and make their own hours, but will be required to carefully log hours. Undergraduates that can work responsibly independently will succeed in this position.

Note, there are other positions available on this project, which will be posted, and include: Data Management Lab Technicians (1 credit, 3 hrs/wk, 1 position available), and Bird Nestling Videography Lab Technician (2 credits, 6 hrs/wk, 2 positions available).

To apply: Please e-mail a cover-letter outlining interests and previous experience, along with a CV/Resume with relevant experience to agrade@umass.edu.

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Name of Lab: 

The Warren Lab

Contact Person: 

Aaron Grade

Contact E-mail: 

agrade@umass.edu

Lab website: 

http://blogs.umass.edu/warrenecologylab/