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Avian Point Count Technician


Bird Conservancy of the Rockies




United States

Last Date to Apply:

15 Apr 2017


AVIAN POINT COUNT TECHNICIAN (1) – Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory) is seeking an experienced field technician to conduct point counts throughout the state of Utah. The position will run from early May through mid July, 2017 with the possibility of continued employment entering or proofing data. Successful candidates must be able to attend a mandatory paid training from May 8th through May 13th. 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 require long days in the field periodically. This position represents an excellent opportunity to explore some of the most wild and scenic places in the state of Utah while advancing avian conservation at regional scales. Please visit http://www.birdconse.../imbcr-program/ for additional information.


Qualifications: 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 bears, and mountain lions. The ability to identify landbird species that breed in Utah by sight and sound is required. A valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, binoculars, camping gear, basic computer skills, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for conservation and conducting fieldwork are also necessary. Applicants should enjoy working independently and be a self-starter. Desired qualifications include prior experience conducting point count surveys, camping, long distance hiking, and navigating in the backcountry. Applicants with personal 4WD vehicles are encouraged to apply; however, the Bird Conservancy will rent vehicles for qualified applicants that do not possess 4WD vehicles if they are at least 21 years of age. To apply, please email a cover letter detailing your bird identification knowledge and dates of availability, a resume, and three references as a single document to: Alex van Boer at alex.vanboer@birdconservancy.org. Positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found.


Compensation: Salary range of $2,300 to $2,700 per month (DOE), reimbursement for project related and some recreational travel, and approximately $100 per week in camping and lodging reimbursement.