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  • Avian Point Count Technicians and Atlas Technicians

    Nick Anich
    • Employer: Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas
      Location: Sites across Wisconsin
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Avian Point Count Technicians and Atlas Technicians

    Sites across Wisconsin (most are in northern, central, and western Wisconsin)

    2-3 months

    Late May to mid-July or early August

    Application Deadline
    Applications will be reviewed as they come in and positions filled on a rolling basis, from the beginning of this announcement (Jan 18) until all positions are filled.

    Job Description
    The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is seeking applicants for avian field work during 2019, as part of Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II.  See www.wsobirds.org/atlas for project details.

    Point Count Technicians (2-3 positions available) will be responsible for conducting point counts every suitable morning between late May and early July. Field work will occur across 6-10 counties in Wisconsin. Will be responsible for recording all birds detected at pre-determined stationary points by sight and sound, following appropriate protocols. As time permits, may also be responsible for conducting area-search bird surveys in atlas blocks, identifying birds and coding their breeding behaviors.

    Atlas Technicians (3-4 positions available) will conduct area searches for birds following atlas protocols.  Emphasis will be on surveying blocks not covered by volunteer atlasers, including some rugged or remote locations. Off-road hiking and navigation is required. Will be responsible for identifying birds by sight and sound, and coding their breeding behaviors. Some night work will be required.

    All technicians will be responsible for recording data in accord with established atlas protocols, and entering data into eBird and Excel.

    Point Count Technicians must be able to identify all Wisconsin landbirds by sight and sound. Prior experience with point counts is required. Atlas Technicians must be familiar with Wisconsin birds by sight and sound. All technicians will be required to pass a birder certification test. All technicians must have valid driver’s license and own vehicle. Must be willing to work early mornings and long hours in a variety of conditions. Will be expected to work independently, follow all survey protocols, and navigate by GPS on and off-road.

    The Point Count Technician will receive $7200 for the completion of point counts from late May to early July; Additional work as an Atlas Technician is available from early July to early August for an additional $2850. Atlas Technicians will be paid $5700 for a full season from late May to early August. Exact start and end dates may be negotiable. All technicians are responsible for providing their own equipment, lodging, food, and transportation.

    How to Apply
    Electronic applications required. Send a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications, a resume or CV, and the names and contact information (email and phone) of 3 references to atlas@wsobirds.org. If there are certain locations that would work particularly well for you to be stationed, indicate these in your cover letter. Please indicate whether you are interested in the Point Count Technician position, the Atlas Technician position, or both.

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