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Avian Point Count Field Technician


Klamath Bird Observatory


southern Oregon and northern California


United States

Last Date to Apply:

None provided
Open until filled




The Klamath Bird Observatory (www.KlamathBird.org) is seeking seasonal field technicians from May 1st through July 15th, to complete point count surveys throughout the diverse and beautiful region of southern Oregon and northern California. Technicians will work on multiple projects including monitoring effects of oak and stream restoration, long-term monitoring in National Parks and more. Applicant should be able to identify a large variety of Western birds as they will be working in a range of habitats including oak savanna, riparian, coniferous forests, and montane meadows.


Primary responsibilities will include conducting point count surveys and vegetation sampling along off-road transects following standard protocols, and associated data entry. Other tasks may be assigned if time permits. Field training on protocol methodology and distance estimation will be provided at the onset of the season. Camping independently, often at undeveloped or dispersed sites, will be required for most work. A field vehicle will likely be provided, but ideally applicants will have the flexibility to drive their personal vehicle for work if necessary. If applicants are required to drive their personal vehicle, mileage reimbursement will be provided.








Applicants should have at least one full season of point count field experience, have a full range of hearing, be in excellent physical condition, and be comfortable working and camping independently. Required qualifications include ability to identify western birds by sight and sound, estimate distance to individual birds, hike in steep and rugged off-trail conditions, follow standardized protocols, collect and record meticulous data, communicate effectively, work independently in the forest, work in inclement weather conditions, and tolerate working in areas containing poison oak. Surveyors must possess good map reading, GPS, and orienteering skills and be eager to work long days in the field. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and insurance.


To apply, send cover letter (including dates of availability and vehicle type), resume, and contact information for three references to Caitlyn Gillespie (crg@klamathbird.org).