The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) is hiring two experienced songbird technicians to conduct point count surveys to assess songbird community response to conifer woodland removal projects in high-elevation sagebrush habitats of southwestern Montana. Duties include: conducting point counts, habitat sampling, and data entry. The study area lies from 7,000’ -8,000’ elevation and involves travel by 4WD and possibly ATV on rough two-track roads and off-trail hiking up to several miles in steep mountainous terrain to access field sites. This project is located in some of the wildest and most scenic montane landscapes in the region, and contributes to a large conservation effort involving many partners and organizations. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: http://hs.umt.edu/birdecologylab/
The field season extends from mid-May to end of July (exact start date TBD). Monthly salary of $2,340-$2,600, depending on experience. Shared housing will be available, but some primitive camping without phone service or facilities will also be required. Reimbursements for project-related travel and camping expenses will be provided.
Previous experience conducting point counts, and ability to identify western bird species by sight and sound are required. Applicants with previous experience in sagebrush systems preferred. This is physically demanding work that requires daily hiking in steep terrain, working alone in remote areas, and excellent navigational skills. Applicants must be self-motivated, have experience implementing field work independently under changing field conditions, and possess strong organizational skills. A valid driver’s license is required.
Please email a cover letter addressing qualifications specific to this position, a resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single document to Tricia Rodriguez, Biologist,to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions are open until filled.
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