Description: The Conservation Management Institute at Virginia Tech is looking for qualified field technicians to conduct bird surveys in Virginia during the summer of 2019. This will be year three of a four-year effort to survey breeding birds throughout the entire state of Virginia. Surveyors will document bird species by sight and sound from road-based point count locations following an established protocol. This position requires completion of a late Spring training session in Virginia (location and date to be decided) before deploying to various locations throughout the state.
Required Qualifications: 1) Demonstrated experience in the identification of birds by sight and sound (2) Experience in using topographic maps, GPS and compass for navigation in the field 3) Must have reliable transportation (personal vehicle) and pass a driver’s license check 4) Must be able to pass visual and oral exam on birds of Virginia 5) Must attend training session in VA prior to field season.
Preferred Qualifications 1) A degree in Botany, Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Sciences, Forestry, Environmental Science or related field 2) Willingness to occasionally travel overnight and camp or stay in primitive housing.
Responsibilities: Technicians will be responsible for collecting data for a statewide avian point count survey. They will work independently collecting data in the field as part of a larger team effort. Surveyors will also be expected to follow directions to point count locations along roads, complete surveys following a set protocol, and provide all field data to a central office. The surveyors will be responsible for providing their own transportation to survey locations.
Location: Surveyors will be located throughout Virginia working from various locations. Surveyors with lodging available to them in Virginia for the survey period should state that location clearly in their cover letter.
Duration: approximately May 01 to June 30, 2019.
Salary: $20-$22/hour (commensurate with experience).
Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references in one pdf or one word file to [firstname.lastname@example.org]. At least two of the references should be able to attest to applicable field experience. Please apply soon, listing open until positions are filled