Yellow‐Billed Cuckoo Data Entry and Analysis Undergrad Research

Type of Opportunity:
Research Opportunities
Location: On Campus
Deadline: Friday, January 1, 2021

Undergraduate Research Opportunity (part-time, 10 hours/week)

Yellow‐Billed Cuckoo Data Entry and Analysis 

The western population of yellow‐billed cuckoos is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  Information on federally listed species is needed for consultations and recovery. Arizona has more breeding cuckoos than any other state in the western U.S. and US Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of organizing, proofing, and summarizing data for entry into a database.  An Arizona cuckoo database is needed to: a) update cuckoo status needed for rangewide assessments and recovery planning, b) track recovery required for delisting and downlisting across states, and c) facilitate efficient data compilation and analysis for consultations under Section 7 of the Endangered  Species Act and landowners/partners. 

For this task, the University of Arizona will employ a ¼‐time Research Technician for half an academic year.  The Research Technician will assist the US Fish and Wildlife Service with organizing, proofing, summarizing, and entering yellow‐billed cuckoo survey data across Arizona. 

Process/Timeline 

The Research Technician will work collaboratively with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Once hired, the Research Technician will receive training by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on data tasks. Once trained, the Research Technician will meet with US Fish and Wildlife Service once a week by phone (during the pandemic) to discuss tasks and progress.  The Research Assistant will work independently and remotely using a US Fish and Wildlife Service laptop computer. Although this is not a field position, US Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a field trip with the Research Assistant to see cuckoo breeding habitat and how survey data are collected (pending pandemic status and protocols). 

Duties: Specific activities for this task are: Yellow‐billed cuckoo survey data organizing, proofing, summarizing, and entry. 

Minimum qualifications: This position will be filled by a registered University of Arizona graduate or undergraduate student in the field of wildlife conservation, conservation biology, biology, ecology, natural resources, or a related field. The ideal candidates are self‐motivated team players with excellent attention to detail. Experience using Excel is required. This position will involve regular interaction with a US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.   

Preferred qualifications: In addition to experience using Excel, skills in ACCESS, R, or ArcGIS may be useful.  This position may be most suited to those candidates interested in birds and data management. 

Start and end date: January 2021 – May 2021, with possibility of extending through the summer (August 2021)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity (part-time, 10 hours/week)

Yellow‐Billed Cuckoo Data Entry and Analysis 

The western population of yellow‐billed cuckoos is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  Information on federally listed species is needed for consultations and recovery. Arizona has more breeding cuckoos than any other state in the western U.S. and US Fish and Wildlife Service is in the process of organizing, proofing, and summarizing data for entry into a database.  An Arizona cuckoo database is needed to: a) update cuckoo status needed for rangewide assessments and recovery planning, b) track recovery required for delisting and downlisting across states, and c) facilitate efficient data compilation and analysis for consultations under Section 7 of the Endangered  Species Act and landowners/partners. 

For this task, the University of Arizona will employ a ¼‐time Research Technician for half an academic year.  The Research Technician will assist the US Fish and Wildlife Service with organizing, proofing, summarizing, and entering yellow‐billed cuckoo survey data across Arizona. 

Process/Timeline 

The Research Technician will work collaboratively with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Once hired, the Research Technician will receive training by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on data tasks. Once trained, the Research Technician will meet with US Fish and Wildlife Service once a week by phone (during the pandemic) to discuss tasks and progress.  The Research Assistant will work independently and remotely using a US Fish and Wildlife Service laptop computer. Although this is not a field position, US Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct a field trip with the Research Assistant to see cuckoo breeding habitat and how survey data are collected (pending pandemic status and protocols). 

Duties: Specific activities for this task are:   

Yellow‐billed cuckoo survey data organizing, proofing, summarizing, and entry. 

Minimum qualifications: This position will be filled by a registered University of Arizona graduate or undergraduate student in the field of wildlife conservation, conservation biology, biology, ecology, natural resources, or a related field. The ideal candidates are self‐motivated team players with excellent attention to detail. Experience using Excel is required. This position will involve regular interaction with a US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.   

Preferred qualifications: In addition to experience using Excel, skills in ACCESS, R, or ArcGIS may be useful.  This position may be most suited to those candidates interested in birds and data management. 

Start and end date: January 2021 – May 2021, with possibility of extending through the summer (August 2021)

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to: Email: Larry Fisher at lafisher@email.arizona.edu

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