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    Avian Monitoring Technician

    Emily Wells
    • Employer: The Nature Conservancy
      Location: Galt, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 07/30/2020
      Open Until Filled: No


    Galt, California, USA. Cosumnes River Preserve

    Website: https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=48842&PostingSeq=1


    Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

    The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.



    The Avian Monitoring Technician performs a variety of routine tasks that assists the implementation of bird-friendly agriculture objectives within the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The technician(s) will be housed in a TNC – owned field house at Cosumnes River Preserve and COVID 19 precautions will be evaluated and discussed during hiring process to ensure a safe work environment for the technicians. We will hire 3 technicians for this job, with staggered start dates: 

    mid-August – mid-February
    mid-September – mid-March
    mid-October – mid-April

    Approximate hourly rate: $17.50/hr – $18.00/hr



    In order to meet its long-term objective to have 1,000,000 acres of bird-friendly agriculture supported in California, the Migratory Bird Initiative is increasing its efforts to implement new projects that demonstrate compatible agricultural practices. Many of these innovations for compatible agricultural techniques are yet untested, and the Avian Monitoring Technician will assist in quantifying the biological value of these techniques on Staten Island, CA and on other private land throughout the Central Valley. Specific duties may include the following functions:



    •    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.
    •    Communicate with rural landowners and/or farm managers.
    •    Possible assistance with youth educational tours and other community outreach/public tours.
    •    Possible invertebrate sampling in working lands.
    •    Complete, accurate, and clear record-keeping of field survey observations.
    •    Possible overnight travel to other field sites in California.
    •    Possible assistance with preserve management tasks.
    •    Maintain project records.               
    •    May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
    •    Require starting some workdays before sunrise
    •    Require minor physical exertion and/or muscular strain
    •    Present occasional possibility of injury
    •    Expose one to adverse weather conditions (both hot and cold)
    •    Require long hours in isolated settings


    •    Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months’ experience.                             
    •    Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
    •    Independent completion of tasks within assigned timeframes.
    •    Experience communicating via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
    •    Experience working  independently and as part of a team.
    •    Possession of a driver’s license valid in California.


    •         Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
    •         Expertise in identifying western waterbirds (including small difficult to distinguish shorebirds) to species, by sight, and potentially sound, 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 software, particularly Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS
    •         Experience driving 4x4 vehicles off-road.
    •         Time management skills. 



    To apply to the position please visit The Nature Conservancy job board where directions are provided. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2020.

    Link to job posting and application site: https://careers.nature.org/psp/tnccareers/APPLICANT/APPL/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=48842&PostingSeq=1

    The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

    The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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