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Technical Assistance for Offshore Motus Network (Charlestown)

Project Type: This is a telework only project. The Fellow will not report to a duty station.

Location: Legacy Region 5, North Atlantic Appalachian Region, 5 North East, Rhode Island Field Office, Charlestown, RI USA

Housing: Supported, up to $1500/month stipend available

Project Background: This DFP project would provide technical assistance to a collaborative effort led by the USFWS Migratory Bird program to develop standardized protocols and study design tools for using automated radio telemetry (Motus) to monitor movements of birds and bats at offshore wind energy areas throughout the Atlantic. This ‘Offshore Motus’ project includes working with industry partners to deploy Motus stations on offshore wind turbines and buoys. The DFP project would provide analytical and technical support for the Offshore Motus project, including developing tools to calibrate, manage, visualize, and summarize data from Motus stations. Results from this study will improve information used in offshore wind energy assessments, including estimates of potential collision risk of birds with offshore wind turbines. The ideal applicant will be able to apply existing analytical skills to bring a high degree of autonomy and personal responsibility to the project.

Project Duties: Tasks of this effort may include:

1) Via e-mail, phone, and teleconferencing, providing technical assistance to offshore Motus network partners to implement calibration protocols at their sites. This task will provide the Fellow opportunities to gain exposure to multiple stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

2) Assist Offshore Motus project co-leads from the Service and NGOs to continue to develop data management and visualization tools for calibration data using Python, R, and R-Shiny. The Fellow will develop independence and autonomy by applying technical skills to develop and improve methods for collecting, analyzing, and summarizing calibration data. 

3) Conduct outreach to internal and external stakeholders involved with offshore wind energy and the broader Motus network on the calibration protocols, tools, and applications. Outreach activities could include delivering a virtual webinar on calibration methods, workflow, and tools. This will allow the Fellow to present the deliverables or work products to key decision makers and navigate organizational levels through interactions with FWS partners both within programs and across programs.

The primary deliverable of this effort is a summary report describing the calibration protocols, best practices, and methodological trade-offs (e.g., test tag on mast versus kite). Summary report could include analysis of existing calibration data (e.g., collected at Block Island Wind Farm) as a case study. 

Minimum Education Level and Desired Degree Areas: Graduate student who has completed at least their first year of graduate school (Masters or PhD), and is pursuing a degree in the biological sciences; geographic and information sciences or closely related fields. 

Working Conditions/Requirements: Coding skills in Python, R, and experience with development of R-Shiny applications.

Desired Characteristics: Interpersonal communication, teamwork, technical writing.