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  1. Spotted Owl Surveys in the Northern Sierra Nevada Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for volunteer field technicians to conduct surveys for California Spotted Owls. PROJECT DATES (tentative): April 15, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 TRAINING: The field season will begin with a week-long training period focusing on field safety and implementation of Spotted Owl survey protocols. RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for Spotted Owls on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be conducted at night and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Data entry will also be required. REQUIREMENTS: Previous ecological fieldwork in rugged environments is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to learn more about Spotted Owls and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, adapting to a largely nocturnal schedule, wet and cold weather, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: Volunteer technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, rain gear, etc.). COMPENSATION: These are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in the mountains. We will provide training, shared housing, and a per diem of $43 (amounts to approximately $1075 per month) to help with food and general living expenses. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
  2. Northern Goshawk Surveys in the Northern Sierra Nevada Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for volunteer field technicians to conduct surveys for Northern Goshawks. PROJECT DATES (tentative): June 5, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 TRAINING: The field season will begin with a week-long training period focusing on field safety and implementation of Spotted Owl survey protocols. RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for Northern Goshawks on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be off-trail in rugged terrain and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Data entry will also be required. REQUIREMENTS: Previous ecological fieldwork in rugged environments is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to learn more about Northern Goshawks and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, a great deal of off-trail hiking, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: Volunteer technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). COMPENSATION: These are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in the mountains. We will provide training, shared housing, and a per diem of $43 (amounts to approximately $1075 per month) to help with food and general living expenses. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
  3. Crew Leader for Spotted Owl Surveys in the Northern Sierra Nevada Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for an experienced crew leader to supervise three volunteer field technicians conducting surveys for California Spotted Owls. PROJECT DATES (tentative): April 15, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve training and supervising a survey crew conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for California Spotted Owls on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be at night and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Closely coordinating all project activities with the Forest Service will also be required. Work will be moderately physically demanding, involving off-trail hiking and exposure to cold weather in the early season. REQUIREMENTS: Previous Spotted Owl survey experience is required; previous supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to teach volunteers about Spotted Owls and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, adapting to a largely nocturnal schedule, wet and cold weather, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: The crew leader is expected to provide her/his own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). COMPENSATION: This is an IBP seasonal staff position paying $3,000/month (before payroll taxes) but includes no fringe benefits. Free shared housing will also be provided. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
  4. Crew Leader for Northern Goshawk Surveys in the Northern Sierra Nevada Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for an experienced crew leader to supervise five volunteer field technicians conducting surveys for Northern Goshawks. PROJECT DATES (tentative): June 5, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve training and supervising a survey crew conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for Northern Goshawks on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be off trail and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Closely coordinating all project activities with the Forest Service will also be required. Work will be physically demanding, involving off-trail hiking and exposure to hot weather. REQUIREMENTS: Previous raptor survey experience is required; previous supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to teach volunteers about Northern Goshawks and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: The crew leader is expected to provide her/his own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). COMPENSATION: This is an IBP seasonal staff position paying $3,000/month (before payroll taxes) but includes no fringe benefits. Free shared housing will also be provided. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
  5. POSITION AVAILABLE: MAPS FIELD BIOLOGIST APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) seeks two field biologists to serve as bird banding biologists under the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program at Fort AP Hill, Virginia. The position runs from approximately May 7 through August 8, 2019. Successful applicants should have previous experience with the MAPS protocol, be proficient at Eastern bird identification, and MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of birds in the hand. Applicants will be expected to use Peter Pyle’s Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part I to identify plumages and molts of landbirds. Attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions are required. Applicants must provide their own transportation to the work site at Fort AP Hill, Virginia, but will be provided with a work vehicle once there. Lodging will be provided free of charge. The biologists will be living at or near the army base (lodging details have not been finalized) with other workers, and are expected to spend a minimum of 6 out of every 10 days in the field, contingent upon weather and logistical considerations. COMPENSATION: These positions are considered independent contractors, not IBP staff. Biologists will receive payment of $2,500 per month, but no fringe benefits. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Lauren Helton The Institute for Bird Populations Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: lhelton@birdpop.org Please put Fort AP Hill MAPS Biologist in the subject line.
  6. POSITION AVAILABLE: VOLUNTEER TECHNICIAN, MAPS PROGRAM, MARIPOSA, CA APPLICATION DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED We have one opening during spring/summer 2019 for a Volunteer Technician to help operate MAPS bird-banding stations in Mariposa County, CA PROJECT DATES: Approximately early June to early August (exact start date TBD) RESPONSIBILITIES: The Volunteer Technician will help run a series of 5-6 Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding stations along the Merced River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Yosemite National Park. The Volunteer Technician will be trained and supervised by an experienced Biologist. Housing will be provided in the town of Mariposa free of charge. Work schedule is somewhat flexible based on weather and other logistics, but workers will be expected to spend a minimum of 6 of every 10 days in the field. Work consists of rising well before dawn to reach the banding stations, operating them until approximately noon, and then planning for the next day’s work. Additional work in the afternoon will include data entry or other logistics related to the field work. REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Some experience in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of birds in the hand is highly desired. Attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions are required. In addition, most of the sites require a short river crossing in an inflatable kayak to ferry supplies and reach the site. Kayaking or other boating skills and knowledge of safe operation of river craft are highly desired. COMPENSATION: This position is a volunteer position. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important bird conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in a fantastically beautiful environment. Additionally, we will provide a per diem of $43 (amounts to $1,075 per month) to help with food and general living expenses, mileage reimbursement for project-related travel, and free shared housing. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Lauren Helton The Institute for Bird Populations Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: lhelton@birdpop.org Please put Merced River MAPS Volunteer Technician in the subject line.
  7. We have one opening during summer 2019 for a MAPS bird-banding biologist in Mariposa County, CA PROJECT DATES: Approximately mid-June to early August (exact start date TBD) RESPONSIBILITIES: The biologist will run a series of 5-6 Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding stations along the Merced River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Yosemite National Park. The biologist will work with and supervise a volunteer field technician. Housing will be provided in the town of Mariposa free of charge. Work schedule is somewhat flexible based on weather and other logistics, but workers will be expected to spend a minimum of 6 of every 10 days in the field. Work consists of rising well before dawn to reach the banding stations, operating them until approximately noon, and then planning for the next day's work. Additional work in the afternoon will include data entry or other logistics related to the field work. REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Successful applicants MUST have previous experience with the MAPS protocol, be proficient at Western U.S. bird identification, and MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of birds in the hand. Applicants will be expected to use Peter Pyle's Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part 1, to identify plumages and molts of landbirds. Attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions are required. In addition, most of the sites require a short river crossing in an inflatable kayak to ferry supplies and reach the site. Kayaking or other boating skills and knowledge of safe operation of river craft are highly desired. COMPENSATION: The biologist will be considered seasonal IBP staff and will receive payment of $2,400 per month (before payroll taxes) and project-related travel mileage reimbursement ($0.37/mile) if their own vehicle is utilized for project work, but no fringe benefits. Free housing will be provided. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Lauren Helton The Institute for Bird Populations Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: lhelton@birdpop.org Please put Merced River MAPS Biologist in the subject line.
  8. We have two openings during spring/summer 2019 for a point count project at Fort AP Hill, Virginia. PROJECT DATES: Approximately late April – early June (exact start date TBD) RESPONSIBILITIES: The field season will begin with a short training session in visual and acoustic bird ID skills, point count techniques, and safety. On a typical day, working in a team of two, biologists will wake up before dawn drive and hike to a point count transect starting point, after which each biologist will conduct the point count in opposite directions of the same transect, meeting again at the starting point or the field vehicle. Point counts will generally conclude by about 11:00 am each day. Additional work will be spent entering data, planning for the next day’s work, etc. Work will be physically demanding, sometimes involving hiking several miles per day, and work in areas with ticks, mosquitoes, bears and other field hazards. Candidates must be in very good physical condition, and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering (training provided). REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Candidates MUST have previous experience conducting avian point counts, and be able to identify Southeastern U.S. birds by sight and (especially) by call and song. COMPENSATION: These positions are considered independent contractors, not IBP staff. Biologists will receive payment of $2,400 per month, but no fringe benefits. Free housing provided. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Mandy Holmgren The Institute for Bird Populations Email: mholmgren@birdpop.org Please put Fort AP Hill Point Count Position in the subject line.
  9. We have two openings during spring/summer 2019 for a point count project at Fort Bragg, NC PROJECT DATES: Approximately late April – early June (exact start date TBD) RESPONSIBILITIES: On a typical day, working in a team of two, biologists will wake up before dawn drive and hike to a point count transect starting point. Over the course of the next several hours, biologists will hike to points along a transect, recording all birds seen and heard. Point counts will generally conclude by about 11:00 am each day. Additional work will be spent entering data, planning for the next day’s work, etc. The work is physically demanding, sometimes involving hiking several miles per day, in areas with ticks, mosquitoes, bears, rattlesnakes, and other field hazards. Candidates must be in very good physical condition, and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering. Applicants must provide their own transportation to the work site at Fort AP Hill, Virginia, but will be provided with a work vehicle once there. Lodging will be provided free of charge. REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Candidates MUST have previous experience conducting avian point counts, and be able to identify Southeastern U.S. birds by sight and (especially) by call and song. COMPENSATION: $2,400 per month plus free housing, but no fringe benefits. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Mandy Holmgren The Institute for Bird Populations Email: mholmgren@birdpop.org Please put Fort Bragg Point Count Position in the subject line.
  10. BIRD BANDING OPPORTUNITIES IN AMERICAN SAMOA (U.S. Citizens ONLY): The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) seeks two (2) seasonal field biologists to serve as crew leaders to train and lead volunteers in operating constant effort mist-netting and banding stations on the islands of Ta’u, Tutuila, and Ofu-Olosega in American Samoa from October 16, 2018 through April 1, 2019. Flexibility is appreciated with regard to the dates, as funding is still pending and the start date may be pushed later depending on when the contract is received. The position entails banding a minimum of 6 out of every 10 days depending on weather and logistical considerations. We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with experience working in a remote location, and a solid background in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing landbirds using plumage characteristics. Additionally, at least one successful applicant will need to have experience sampling blood from landbirds. Applicants without strong bird banding skills will not be considered. Please include an estimate of how many birds you have banded and a summary of your blood sampling experience in your application. A U.S. passport valid for the duration of the position, and a valid driver's license are required. We particularly encourage previous MAPS and TMAPS crew members to apply. Roundtrip airfare to American Samoa from San Francisco and free shared housing will be provided in addition to a salary of $2045/mo. TO APPLY Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references, preferably via email as a single attachment, to: Lauren Helton The Institute for Bird Populations P.O. Box 1346 Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: lhelton [at] birdpop.org Applications are due no later than September 17. For more information, see our Pacific Islands Bird Conservation program page.
  11. BIRD BANDING OPPORTUNITIES IN AMERICAN SAMOA (U.S. Citizens ONLY): The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) seeks up to three (3) volunteer field technicians to operate constant effort mist-netting and banding stations on the islands of Ta’u, Tutuila, and Ofu-Olosega in American Samoa from October 16, 2018 through April 1, 2019. Flexibility is appreciated with regard to the dates, as funding is still pending and the start date may be pushed later depending on when the contract is received. The position entails banding a minimum of 6 out of every 10 days depending on weather and logistical considerations. We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with experience in or an ability to work with a partner in a remote location, and a solid background in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing landbirds using plumage characteristics. Applicants without strong bird banding skills will not be considered. Please include an estimate of how many birds you have banded on your application. A U.S. passport valid for the duration of the position, and a valid driver's license are required. We particularly encourage previous MAPS and TMAPS volunteers to apply. Roundtrip airfare to American Samoa from San Francisco and free shared housing will be provided in addition to a per diem of $40 for every 8 out of 10 days of the field season, for an approximate total of $5520.00. Volunteers will be working in teams of 2, either with another volunteer or with a field biologist. Each team will be responsible for operating 6 TMAPS mist-netting stations, liaising with Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources personnel in American Samoa, and submitting monthly progress reports to IBP's main office. TO APPLY Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references, preferably via email as a single attachment, to: Lauren Helton The Institute for Bird Populations P.O. Box 1346 Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: lhelton [at] birdpop.org Applications are due no later than September 17. For more information, see our Pacific Islands Bird Conservation program page.
  12. Avian Field Work Opportunities on Pacific Islands Volunteer Technician 2018 TONGAN GROUND-DOVE TECHNICIAN IN AMERICAN SAMOA (U.S. Citizens ONLY): The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) seeks one (1) volunteer field technician to assist in a long-term study on Tongan Ground-doves on Ofu and Olosega islands in American Samoa. This position begins immediately and lasts to at least August 1, 2018 with preference for applicants who are interested in staying longer, as late as December 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and this position will be filled as soon as possible. The position entails hiking long hours in a humid, tropical environment, and assisting with banding, telemetry, and blood and feather collection, among other related tasks which will help us improve our knowledge of this Endangered population. We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with experience in or an ability to work with a partner in a remote location, and a solid background in outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, camping, and fieldwork. Successful applicants will also need to be patient at times with a slow pace of life, and self-preoccupied as needed. A U.S. passport valid for the duration of the position and a valid driver's license are required. We particularly encourage previous MAPS and TMAPS volunteers to apply. Roundtrip airfare to American Samoa from San Francisco and free shared housing will be provided in addition to a per diem of $40/day for every 8 out of 10 days of the field season. Internet will be available but may be spotty. The volunteer technician will be working alongside a full-time Tongan Ground-dove biologist. The team will be responsible for data collection in the field, liaising with Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources personnel in American Samoa, and submitting weekly updates to IBP's main office. TO APPLY Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references, preferably via email as a single attachment, to: Ron Taylor The Institute for Bird Populations P.O. Box 1346 Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: rtaylor [at] birdpop.org For more information, see our Pacific Islands Bird Conservation program page.
  13. We seek two (2) motivated, enthusiastic biologists with prior point counting experience to conduct point counts at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Project dates: This position begins on June 5 and runs through July 17, for a total of 6 weeks of surveys. Responsibilities: Working as a team, the two biologists will conduct point count surveys beginning at dawn and continuing for 3-4 hours. Biologists are also responsible for all project data entry. Point counts will be conducted Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Requirements: Biologists must be experienced point counters and be able to identify the birds of Eastern North America by sight and sound. Biologists must be in good physical condition, comfortable hiking short to moderate distances, and must possess basic navigation and orienteering abilities in open pine forest and woodland. Successful applicants should know how to read maps, use a GPS unit and a compass, and be familiar with data entry software such as Microsoft Access. Also important is the ability to get along with a teammate in remote areas, and the ability to face the challenges of fieldwork in this location, including (but not limited to) early mornings, occasional rain, very hot temperatures, and an abundance of ticks. Biologists must also be able to be flexible with their schedules, as point count locations and timing may change based on scheduled burning and army activities occurring on the base. Compensation: $4800 for 6 weeks of work. Shared housing and a project vehicle will be provided. To apply: Please email as a single document a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references to Steve Albert (salbert AT birdpop DOT org). Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
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