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  • Avian Field Technicians (5-6) - Ecostudies Institute, Olympia, WA

    Guest Jerrmaine Treadwell
    • Employer: Ecostudies Institute
      Location: Olympia, WA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    Overview Summary:

    Ecostudies Institute is hiring 5-6 avian field technician positions to work on a team conducting a variety of bird monitoring and conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest. Projects may include: 1) monitoring nests and adults of the Oregon vesper sparrow and federally threatened streaked horned lark; 2) conducting surveys for streaked horned lark in the Willamette Valley, Oregon; 3) breeding season bird community monitoring in prairie and oak woodlands; 4) Oregon vesper sparrow conspecific attraction; and 5) Western bluebird reintroductions. Field work will primarily be conducted at prairie training sites and active airfields on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Technician will clearly collect data, meticulously manage it, and be detail oriented in observation and documentation. The technician should be able to identify local grassland and oak bird species by sight and ear, or quickly learn.  The technician will work closely with supervisor to communicate information about status and location of lark nests to site managers.

    The Avian Field Technician is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt position supervised by the Director of Avian Conservation. Positions run from approximately 11 April to 12 August 2022.  Dates may be adjusted depending on funding. Pay rate is $17.00-18.50/hr DOE, plus benefits (vacation and sick leave). 

    Successful applicants should have a keen interest in avian research and conservation, demonstrate excellent communication skills, be able to work independently and in a team setting, and be comfortable working on an active military base.  This position entails a sound work ethic, interpersonal skills, and positive attitude during long field days.  Development of positive and effective relationships with JBLM partners is critical. The Technician must also be able to work independently, completing substantial tasks without direct supervision or through the supervision of conservation partners, including federal and state agency personnel, such as the WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and JBLM.

    The Technician is expected to be an integral member of Ecostudies Institute.  The Technician will need to effectively communicate with partners, volunteers and the public concerning specific work and the work of the Ecostudies Institute.


    • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Ability to identify south Puget Sound grassland birds by sight and sound.
    • At least one year of experience with avian survey techniques including census, abundance and nest monitoring methods.
    • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems; ability to recognize plant and animal species as required to complete preserve management activities. Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
    • Ability to follow provided protocols and instructions from colleagues.
    • Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
    • Ability to work independently with limited supervision and demonstrate strong initiative in completing tasks.
    • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
    • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers) and familiarity with ArcMap GIS and other database systems such as Access are preferred.
    • Wildlife handing experience.
    • Must have and maintain a valid Washington driver’s license and safe driving record.
    • Must have access to a working vehicle that can be used to drive to and from work locations every day.


    See webpage for a full Position Description and other job openings https://www.ecoinst.org/about-us/work-with-us/ 

    Qualified applicants should provide a detailed letter of interest, current résumé or curriculum vitae, and three professional references (names, affiliations, and contact information only).  Application package should be combined into one file. All applications will be acknowledged.

    Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Preference will be given to those applications that are submitted before February 28th, 2022.

    Email these materials to: jtreadwell@ecoinst.org, with "Avian Field Technician" in the subject line.                                       


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