FIELD ASSISTANT needed in Alaska – I am seeking a highly motivated field assistant for 3 weeks in Aug (~ 10 – 30 Aug 2010) to help with a ptarmigan study in northern Alaska. The study will involve collecting data on browsing by ptarmigan on shrubs at two sites; (1) along the Dalton Highway and (2) along the Noatak River. We will be hiking over rugged terrain, camping in potentially inhospitable conditions, and rafting turbulent stretches of the river. The position will provide the opportunity to develop field skills in bird and plant identification and sampling techniques, as well as an enhanced understanding of arctic ecology. Applicants should be comfortable outdoors, with camping, gps navigation, and hiking experience. A keen interest in ecology, a desire to learn, and a positive attitude are highly desirable. Prior field experience identifying willows, and rafting or canoeing are preferred but not essential. There may be a ptarmigan telemetry component of the project, so experience handling and capturing birds is also desired.
Food and travel to study sites from locations within Alaska will be covered and a stipend may be provided depending on funding. Please send résumé, a brief cover letter, and references to KATIE CHRISTIE (EM: