POSITION TITLE: Avian Monitoring Technician (3)
SALARY GRADE: DOE; housing provided
LOCATION: Galt, California*
Duration: 6 months (staggered start; Sept-Mar)
To help meet the long-term objective of having 1,000,000 acres of bird-friendly agriculture supported in California, Conservation Farms and Ranches (an affiliate of The Nature Conservancy [TNC]) is implementing and testing various compatible agricultural practices. The Avian Monitoring Technicians will collect data to help quantify the biological value of these practices on private land as well as property owned by TNC including Staten Island, CA. Essential functions may include the following:
· Set up fields for monitoring. Includes wading into flooded areas and pounding in depth stakes.
· Conduct visual surveys of birds, focusing on western waterbirds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and long-legged waders.
· Conduct visual surveys of pertinent habitat features at survey sites.
· Set up plots and sampling residual grain in agricultural fields as a measure of waterbird food availability.
· Communicate with rural landowners and/or farm managers.
· Enter data into digital format.
· Possible invertebrate sampling in working lands
· Possible overnight travel to other field sites in California.
· Possible assistance with management tasks including organizing volunteers for surveys and helping to manage hunting blinds.
· Living at TNC-owned field house is required.
· The Avian Monitoring Technicians may work independently in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances
· Associate’s degree in natural resources, environmental studies, or similar, or equivalent combination of education and 6 months of experience conducting avian surveys.
· Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
· Experience performing administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented and numerical tasks.
· Experience working and communicating with a diverse group of people.
· Possession of a driver’s license valid in California.
DESIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
· Expertise in identifying western waterbirds (including small difficult to distinguish shorebirds) to species, by sight, in the field.
· Experience conducting avian surveys with binoculars and spotting scopes (skill in counting birds in large flocks).
· Experience interacting with rural landowners.
· Experience using databases, particularly Microsoft Access
· Experience driving 4x4 vehicles off-road, towing trailers, and handling ATVs.
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit a cover letter and resume with references to email@example.com, with “Applicant” in the subject line, by Oct 15, 2019, at the latest.
****Resumes will be reviewed as they are received until all positions are filled****
Conservation Farms and Ranches is an Equal Opportunity Employer