Avian Crew Lead
Start Date from May 15 to June 1
Join us for an exciting summer on a long-term research project with the threatened Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. We are currently seeking one Crew Lead to join our team in conducting population monitoring of Yellow-billed Cuckoos on the lower Colorado River in AZ and CA. Supervisors must start between May 15 and June 1 and will work until August 15 or Aug 30. Some flexibility DOE. Primary duties: supervision of field crew, conducting Yellow-billed Cuckoo call-playback surveys, resighting color-banded cuckoos, nest finding and data entry
Required: BS degree Applicants must be enthusiastic and physically fit, have a solid work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent hearing and color vision. Previous avian field work (2 seasons), 1 season of crew lead experience computer skills: Excel, Arc GIS. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, and current First Aid/CPR Certification or complete a free course online (provided by SSRS) before the first day of work. If selected for hire, the crew lead must provide a State driving record. Preferred skills: MS degree, experience collecting data using tablets and Arc GIS or Collector, writing and editing skills, technical editing, publications, conducting bird surveys, working with secretive birds, resighting color-bands, using scopes, banding experience, Wilderness Responder.
Potential Fulltime Employment: Applicant with a Master degree and an interested in fulltime employment may be eligible to apply after the completion of a successful 4 month field trial period.
. Work Conditions:
Shared field housing (private room) is based in Blythe CA, and per diem/hotels are provided for occasional overnight trips to other field locations. The position involves hiking off-trail, while carrying moderately heavy packs. Though some work is conducted at restoration sites you must be able to tolerate adverse conditions including high temperatures, high humidity, standing water and dense vegetation. You may encounter wild animals, snakes and biting insects: including bees, spiders and mosquitoes. All field work involves early morning rising, driving and sometimes hiking in the dark. Field work is done alone or in teams in remote area and applicants should feel comfortable working in remote locations.
Crew leads work 5 consecutive days followed by 2 days off. We work 4-6 hours in the field daily in temperatures ranging from 70–105 F. Data is entered daily during and after returning from the field. Supervisors will only work 40 hrs per week but may be required to work as needed. Field housing and work vehicles are provided. We cannot accommodate pets. All supervisors will receive free USFWS-approved yellow-billed cuckoo survey training and CPR/first aid certification if needed. Starting salary: $ 2,800 to $3,000 per month DOE.
Email a cover letter stating your birding skills and crew lead experience including dates of availability, and a resume including names, email and phone numbers of 3 references to: Diane Tracy [EM: ybcujobs (at) gmail.com by May 20, 2019. We will review applications as received and begin hiring as a suitable applicant is found. Please combine documents into one file if possible (cover letter/resume/references), and include your name in the email subject and file name(s). We are unable to hire non-US citizens without a current Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Please make sure your references are current, notified and able to comment on your birding capabilities and supervisorial experience. The Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.southernsierraresearch.org