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Am posting at the request of Steve Bailey of the IL Natural History Survey.

Good birding,
Charlene Malone
St. Louis co. 

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Applications are being taken for field assistants to work with Illinois Natural History Survey ornithologists in conducting breeding bird survey's statewide this coming summer.  The positions are 40 hour per week positions and will run from approximately 15 May  31 July.  Duties for the field assistant will involve independently conducting point-count surveys of birds in forests, wetlands, and grasslands throughout Illinois.  Although experience with GPS systems is not a necessary pre-requisite for the positions, the field assistant will be expected to locate survey census points with a GPS machine, so for those without GPS experience, training for using GPS will be provided.  Other skills which the field assistant should possess include orienteering (through use of a compass) and some minimal computer skills, for use in data entry, etc.  A valid driver's license is also required.
        However, the main qualification necessary for filling these positions is the ability to IDENTIFY ALL SPECIES OF BIRD that occurs or is likely to occur in Illinois by BOTH SIGHT AND SOUND (SONG AND CALLS).  In order to accomplish this, the applicant should have excellent hearing.  The applicant must also be willing to work outside under a variety of field and environmental conditions and travel 3-4 days at a time throughout Illinois with overnight stays (motel costs will be reimbursed).  Mileage will be reimbursed for use of personal vehicles, or the possibility exists that a vehicle may be supplied.  Some overtime work may be necessary for the applicant to be able to complete the 20-25 censuses that will be expected of them to complete. The rate of pay for this position will be $10.00/hour.
        Those with experience in conducting bird point-count surveys should mention any and all such work when applying.  Conducting an Illinois Breeding Bird Survey route would be one example of such survey work.  If you have more questions regarding any aspect of this project, please contact me at the address/phone number below.


Steven D. Bailey
CTAP Ornithologist
Illinois Natural History Survey
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: 217/244-2174
Fax: 217/ 265-5110
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Visit the CTAP homepage and On-line data at http://ctap.inhs.uiuc.edu 
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