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Avian Field Biologist – Utah


Bird Conservancy of the Rockies




United States

Last Date to Apply:

None provided
Open until filled


Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking an experienced field biologist to conduct point counts throughout the state of Utah. These positions represent an excellent opportunity to explore the state of Utah while advancing avian conservation at regional scales. Please visit http://www.birdconse.../imbcr-program/ for additional information.


The position will run from approximately May 1st through mid-July with the possibility for continued employment entering and proofing data. Surveys are located on both public and private lands throughout Utah including scenic areas such as the Wasatch Range, the High Uintas Wilderness, Valley of the Gods, Moab, and Flaming Gorge. Technicians will monitor birds in a large variety of habitats and elevations from salt desert scrubland and sagebrush to subalpine forests and mountain meadows.


Successful candidates must be able to attend a mandatory 7 day paid training beginning in early May. Upon the successful completion of training, technicians will work independently conducting bird surveys. The work schedule is typically 10 days on and 4 days off; however, alternative schedules may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Technicians must be able to identify all bird species found in Utah by sight and sound upon completion of training, and should expect to hike long distances off-trail in steep and rugged terrain on a regular basis. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, and some overnight backcountry travel to survey remote road-less areas will be required. Completion of job duties may periodically require long days in the field.


Applicants should be enthusiastic, physically fit, enjoy travel, and be willing to work long hours in the field. The successful applicant will need to be comfortable hiking and surveying in areas with potentially hazardous wildlife including rattlesnakes, black bear, moose, and mountain lion. Applicants must enjoy working independently with multiple days of solitude. The ability to identify all avian species that breed in Utah by sight and sound is required. A valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, binoculars, camping/backpacking gear, basic computer skills, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for conservation and conducting fieldwork are also necessary. Applicants with personal 4WD vehicles are encouraged to apply; however, Bird Conservancy will rent vehicles for qualified applicants that do not possess 4WD vehicles if they are at least 21 years of age and pass a motor vehicle background check.


$1,107 - $1,292, biweekly, depending on experience. In addition to salary, reimbursement for project-related travel, some recreational travel, and up to $200 per 2-week pay period in camping and lodging reimbursements will be provided.


Email a cover letter detailing your bird identification knowledge and dates of availability, a resume, and three references as a single document (PDF or Word) to: Alex van Boer at alex.vanboer@birdconservancy.org.