We have an opening for a Mosquito Research Field Technician
Job Title: Mosquito Research Field Technician (1 position) Organization: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project / RCUH
Job Type: Seasonal
Opportunity location: Alaka’i Wilderness and Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii Duration: February to July 2022
Closing date: February 14, 2022
MOSQUITO RESEARCH FIELD TECHNICIAN needed for work with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. Our project focuses on a variety of work with three critically- endangered endemic Hawaiian songbirds, the Akikiki, Akeke’e and Puaiohi, that all inhabit the extremely wet, beautiful and rugged montane rainforest on the island of Kauai. The primary threat to these birds is avian malaria spread by introduced mosquitoes. This position will focus on sampling the life cycle of Culex mosquitos in core forest bird habitat. The work is physically challenging, requiring a 4 to 8 mile hike to field camps by way of steep slopes, tangled forest and stream crossings on obscure trails with up to 40 pound packs (occasionally 60). Position will require overnight camping for up to 8 days throughout the duration of the project. Daily work includes carrying heavy 12v batteries and CO2 tanks through the forest, preparing mosquito specimens for laboratory analysis, and searching for mosquito larvae across the landscape. Daily field conditions include hiking through dense forest in and along streams, often in rainy and chilly weather.
Applicants must have a strong interest in conservation and field work, be physically fit, and able to navigate rugged and complex terrain off-trail. Previous work with mosquitos, entomology or disease ecology strongly desired. Mechanical and electronics skills and current First Aid and CPR certifications are a plus. Abundant enthusiasm for conserving Hawaii’s native species (including controlling invasive species along the way) is essential, as are self-motivation, the ability to work well in a small team, a positive attitude, and willingness to live in remote field camps for more than a week at a time. Careful data collection is paramount, and when not in the field, office duties will include data entry and management, maintenance of field equipment, and other work around the office.
Start date is flexible, but could be as early as late February. Project lasts four months but could be extended for the right candidate. Compensation is $2,650/mo. Technician will have some access to project vehicles. Housing when not in the field will not be provided. Successful applicants must have a valid driver license and be legally eligible to work in the U.S.
Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2022 and will be reviewed as they are received. Required materials include a current CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. Please email applications to puaiohijobs AT gmail.com
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