Jump to content
Ornithology Exchange
  • Avian Agroecology Field Technician

    Austin Spence
    • Employer: University of California, Davis
      Location: Salinas, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Title: Avian agroecology point count technician

    Description: We are seeking one seasonal field technician from mid-May to mid-July to complete point count surveys on farms throughout the Central Coast region of California (Salinas Valley Region). Our Center for Produce Safety funded project is focused on exploring the connection between avian communities that reside on farms and how this may affect food safety via disease transmission. The primary objective of the field technician is to determine which birds are found on lettuce farms. The field technician will collect data relevant to informing avian occupancy across 20 farms through two methods: avian point counts and transects collecting bird fecal matter. Other duties will include recording GPS waypoints, data entry, and other related tasks as assigned. One week of field training (while practicing social distancing) will be provided to help the technician become familiar with established protocols and methodologies. A field vehicle will be provided.


    Minimum qualifications:

    1.     Previous experience conducting point counts of multiple bird species.

    2.     Ability to identify western birds by sight and sound. Ability to estimate distance to individual birds.

    3.     In a physical condition to tolerate working in inclement weather and light hiking in muddy farm conditions.

    4.     Comfortable working independently with minimal supervision.

    5.     Ability to follow standardized protocols and carefully record and enter data.

    6.     Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Must be able to drive up to 75 miles a day between sites.

    7.     Professional, clear communication skills to coordinate with supervisor.


    Preferred qualifications:

    1.     Prior point count experience with western bird species, particularly in California.


    Duration: 10 weeks from mid-May 2022 through mid-July 2022.


    Wage: Approximately $20.14-$22.50 per hour depending on experience. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), limited-term appointment through the University of California, Davis. Housing will not be provided, and the successful applicant will be expected to relocate to the study region for the duration of the appointment.


    Follow-up study: This opportunity will be available again in January to March 2023 and, given a successful summer field season, the same field technician would be given priority for the winter technician position.


    To apply: Email a single document (PDF preferred) including (1) a cover letter describing previous avian research experience and interest in this position, (2) a resume or CV, and (3) contact information for three references to Austin Spence (arspence@ucdavis.edu). Include “Avian agroecology point count technician” in the subject line.


    Closing date: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


    The Karp Lab at UC Davis is committed to maintaining a supportive, inclusive, and safe scientific environment in the laboratory and the field. Applicants will receive field safety standards and training. Applicants from historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.

    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • If the resources provided by the Ornithology Exchange are valuable to you,  please consider making a donation to support the OE,  through the Ornithology Council's PayPal Link. Thank you for your support!

  • Create New...