University of Wisconsin–Madison
Spatial Analysis For Conservation and Sustainability

Field Technician Position Available!

Field Technician Position Description
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

We are looking for one part-time field technician to assist with a research project examining the way that bird and insect communities respond to oak woodland restoration efforts. Our field sites are located on Nature Conservancy properties in the Baraboo Hills (Sauk Co., WI) about one hour from Madison.

During the spring and summer, we will be operating four bird banding sites once every 10-days (banding up to 4 mornings a week). These sites are located in woodland habitats managed with different intensities of thinning and prescribed fire. We will also be doing arthropod surveys at these sites, conducting avian point counts, and surveying vegetation. Training will be provided for all field methods, but a knowledge of southern Wisconsin bird and plant species ID is preferred.

This research is being conducted as part of a PhD project led by Maia Persche and Dr. Anna Pidgeon, and is also part of a long-term ecological monitoring program that is being established. As a field technician, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills related to monitoring birds, arthropods, plants, and phenology.

Duties include:
– Assisting with mist-netting and banding forest songbird species (training provided)
– Conducting foliage invertebrate surveys and vegetation surveys (training provided)

Schedule is part-time and weather dependent. Up to four mornings a week for 7 hours starting around sunrise, from mid-May to late-August.

– Careful data collection, attention to detail, ability to work independently or part of a team
– Ability to have a flexible schedule and adjust to weather-related changes
– Transportation to field sites
– Experience working in the field, especially in remote forested settings, and navigating with a GPS
– Ability to identify southern Wisconsin bird species by sight and sound is also helpful

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Maia Persche (