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  • Avian Fatality Monitoring Positions

    Marguerite Hendrie
    • Employer: Corvus Ecological Consulting, LLC
      Location: Desert Center, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/17/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Corvus Ecological Consulting is seeking a qualified field biologists for an avian fatality monitoring project in Desert Center, California. We seek to fill one full-time position (Project manager) starting mid to late March 2023 and another field surveyor starting mid to late April 2023. Positions are salaried, but based on current workload, the hourly equivalent pay is around $31/hour. Project will continue until the end of February 2024.

    Project manager duties include responsibility for overall project coordination and conducting carcass persistence and searcher efficiency field trials. The Project Manager will be responsible for the oversight of 2 surveyors. Additional tasks include report writing, data entry, data review, game camera management, photo management, transportation of injured birds to rehabilitation facilities, Common Raven surveys, trial specimen management and trial specimen procurement. Additional tasks may be added as the project progresses. The successful candidate will be good at scheduling, problem solving, have a strong work ethic and positive attitude, and have attention to detail.

    Field Surveyor primary duties will include conducting transects to locate bird and bat fatalities within the project boundary, carcass collection, data entry, game camera management, capture and release of stranded birds, transportation of injured birds to rehabilitation facilities and Common Raven surveys. The ideal candidate will have good attention to detail and the ability to concentrate while performing monotonous tasks in adverse weather conditions.

    This work takes place in the Mojave Desert of Southern California and is year-round including summer months where temperatures often exceed 110˚ F. Applicants should have experience working in extreme climates.

    Minimum requirements are:

    • Ability to walk 10 miles per day (average 40 miles per week) on uneven terrain
    • Have exceptional knowledge and experience with avian communities of the Mojave Desert
      • Ability to identify birds of the Mojave Desert by sight
    • Have experience with GPS units, basecamp software, and topographic maps
    • Experience with digital data collection systems or databases
    • Bachelor of Science in biology or related field
    • A minimum of 2 years of field experience working with birds. Work conducted as part of a university course is not included, thesis or dissertation experience can be included.
    • Have a keen eye for details
    • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record
    • Have experience working with individuals from a variety of backgrounds

    Preference will be given to candidates that have experience conducting avian surveys on renewable energy facilities especially, related to fatality monitoring.

    Compensation includes:

    • Shared housing in Desert Center, CA
    • Up to $52,000/ year salaried position
    • Reimbursement for personal vehicle use - $0.56/ mile (onsite project miles only)

    To apply please send a cover letter, résumé, earliest date you can start, and list of 3 references with phone numbers and email addresses to jobs@corvusecological.com. No phone calls, please. References, cover letter and résumé should specifically address the qualifications outlined in this announcement and the candidate’s experience. If the minimum requirements outlined above with respect to field experience are not demonstrated in application packet, you will not be contacted for an interview. The preferred method of attachment is as a single document or a zip file of separate documents. Applications will be accepted immediately until the position is filled. Please specify if you have a preference for the project manager or the field surveyor position.

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