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Avian Research Technician


Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Gunnison, CO


United States

Last Date to Apply:

18 Mar 2018
Open until filled


POSITION: Research Technician (up to two positions)


START & END DATE: May 7 – August 3, 2018 (with possible extension)


PAY RATE: $15 per hour


LOCATIONS: Gunnison Basin, Gunnison County (west central Colorado). Sites are located in or near prairie dog colonies in prairie and sagebrush communities. May involve travel into Woodland Park area and San Luis Valley.


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: March 18, 2018 (apply earlier for first consideration). Positions may be filled sooner.


JOB DESCRIPTION: Duties may include avian point counts (bird identification and distance estimation); raptor surveys; work with remote cameras; and vegetation surveys. Specific duties will include careful data recording and entry; use of binoculars, spotting scopes, GPS units, and maps; and communication with supervisors and partners. Work may be independent or with a small crew. Work schedules will vary depending on time in season and task, but may require starting by 5:30 a.m. Employees are eligible to contribute to a 401K or PERA state retirement fund.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have a valid driver's license and be willing to work in a variety of weather conditions. Candidates must have experience with data collection and entry, bird identification and/or other applicable field skills, and use of Microsoft Office. Previous work in grassland or sagebrush environments preferred, particularly in applicants who can demonstrate careful data collection and attention to detail in previous positions. Experience conducting avian point counts, identifying vegetation species, and using ArcGIS is desirable. Employees must represent Colorado Parks and Wildlife in a professional manner.


HOW TO APPLY: Email a cover letter, resume, and three references to


Reesa Conrey, Avian Researcher, Colorado Parks and Wildlife


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