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  • Avian Field Technician - Wyoming and Eastern Idaho

    Dave S
    • Employer: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
      Location: Wyoming, Idaho
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Title: AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIAN – Wyoming and Eastern Idaho
    Salary: $17.44-$18.57 - hourly, depending on experience. Some overtime hours may be required. In addition to pay, reimbursement for project-related travel, camping, and lodging will be provided.
    Duration: Approximately 10 weeks (mid-May to mid-July)
    Start Date: 05/17/2022 (tentative)

    Job Duties and Responsibilities: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking experienced field technicians to conduct point counts throughout the state of Wyoming and in eastern Idaho for the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. The position will run from approximately May 17th and continue through mid-July. Surveys are located on both public and private lands throughout Wyoming and eastern Idaho and represent an excellent opportunity to explore some scenic areas such as the Red Desert, Shoshone and Bridger-Teton National Forests, as well as Grand Teton and Yellowstone National while advancing avian conservation at regional scales. Technicians will monitor birds in a large variety of elevations and habitats including desert scrub, riparian, sagebrush, pinyon-juniper, tundra, and montane forest. Successful candidates must be able to attend a mandatory 5-day paid training beginning in mid-May. Upon the successful completion of training, technicians will work both independently (approximately ¾ of the season) and with a partner (approximately ¼ of the season) conducting bird surveys. Survey work will include long days in the field and working a variable schedule. Technicians must be able to identify all bird species found in Wyoming by sight and sound upon completion of training, and should expect to hike long distances off-trail in steep and rugged terrain on a regular basis. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, and some overnight backcountry travel to survey remote, road-less areas will be required. Please visit the IMBCR Webpage for more information about the IMBCR program.

    REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Applicants should be enthusiastic, physically fit, enjoy travel, and be willing to work long hours in the field. The successful applicant will need to be comfortable hiking and surveying in areas with potentially hazardous wildlife including rattlesnakes, black and grizzly bear, moose, and mountain lion. Applicants must enjoy working independently with multiple days of solitude. The ability to identify all avian species that breed in Wyoming by sight and sound is required. Technicians will be required to pass a bird identification quiz at the end of training before starting field work. A valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, binoculars, camping gear, basic computer skills, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for conservation and conducting fieldwork are also necessary. Applicants with personal 4WD/AWD vehicles are strongly encouraged to apply; however, Bird Conservancy may be able rent vehicles for qualified applicants that do not possess 4WD/AWD vehicles if they are at least 21 years of age.

    Desired qualifications include prior experience conducting point count surveys, camping, long-distance hiking, and navigating in the backcountry.

    • Ability to identify avian species of Wyoming by sight and sound is required
    • Driver’s license, proof of insurance, and experience driving 4WD vehicles is required
    • Prior experience conducting avian point counts is highly desired
    • Experience camping, long-distance hiking, and navigating in the backcountry is desired


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