miércoles, 3 de marzo de 2010
PRBO-LABORATORY RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Needed for seabird diet studies, zooplankton research, and data-related activities at PRBO Conservation Science in Petaluma, California. Our studies determine size class and species composition of prey consumed by seabirds, and we examine krill and their relationships with seabirds and other top-predator populations in the Gulf of the Farallones. Main laboratory duties include: identifying otoliths and other fish parts from seabird regurgitated pellets and fecal samples; preparing zooplankton samples and identifying, weighing and measuring krill; and collecting species composition and size data on prey specimens dropped on seabird breeding colonies. Other duties include entering and proofing data and helping to compile information from 40 years of seabird studies on the Farallon Islands. The applicant may also have the opportunity to participate in at-sea cruises in the Gulf of the Farallones where they will assist in performing net tows, collecting hydrographic data, and conducting seabird and marine mammal surveys. Applicants should enjoy working independently and have plenty of patience for long hours spent looking through a scope to identify cryptic fish earbones, little marine bugs, and contorted, dried-up fish chips. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in biology or related field and prior laboratory research experience. Enthusiasm for field work in wet, windy, cold conditions and an ability to identify seabirds is also a plus. Position is from 1 April 2010 through 31 March 2011. We provide housing, and a stipend of $700-$1100 per month dependent on experience. Must have your own vehicle since transportation is not provided. More information can be found at www.prbo.org. Please send a cover letter explaining interests and dates of availability, resume, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 3 references to Meredith Elliott (email@example.com), Staff Biologist, PRBO Conservation Science, 3820 Cypress Drive #11, Petaluma, CA, 94954. Email applications are preferred, but hardcopies are fine. Applications accepted until position is filled.