Seasonal position starting May 11 (flexible); ending September 11 (flexible, and can accommodate the academic calendar). Contribute to a long-term study of riparian community response to dam-mediated flows on the Kootenai River, Montana. In collaboration with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Montana Fish, Wildlife & and Parks (FWP) has developed an index of fluvial floodplain alteration (IFFA) to document community impairment resulting from dam operations and response to mitigation measures on the Kootenai River, downstream of the Libby Dam. The position requires early, long and irregular hours, under remote and adverse conditions (heat, rain, mosquitoes, etc.). Individuals will be required to work alone and in groups. Work includes conducting avian point-counts along the Kootenai River riparian corridor between the Libby Dam and Montana-Idaho border. Additional tasks include data entry and management, restoration area maintenance, and vegetation monitoring. Housing provided in the form of a camper trailer located near the field site and within 20 miles of Libby, Montana. Exceptional hiking, fishing, biking, climbing, and outdoor recreation opportunities abound. To apply, submit 1-page cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references in single document (PDF or Word). Application material should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the phrase: Avian Field Technician, in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as received and early application strongly recommended.
Applicants must be able to identify Western birds by sight and sound, and have previous experience implementing field work independently under adverse conditions. Previous experience watching and studying birds a must, with prior work conducting avian point-counts preferred. A valid driver’s license and U.S. Citizenship required. Candidates must be self-motivated, well organized, in good physical condition, communicate effectively, and should enjoy working alone and in remote and rugged settings.