We are seeking two (2) field technicians to conduct nest searches for an ongoing study of pinyon-juniper treatments on bird productivity and nest survival from mid-April through mid-July. Technicians will conduct nest searches 5 days a week between mid-April and mid-June, check nest contents on regular intervals, conduct vegetation surveys at the end of breeding season (June and July), enter and maintain data in databases, and maintain hard copies of data, and communicate effectively with other crew members as well as personnel from the BLM and USFWS.
Primary focal species include common pinyon-juniper bird species including: Juniper titmouse, Pinyon jay, Woodhouse’s scrub-jay, Gray flycatcher, Bewicks’s wren, Ash-throated flycatcher, Bushtit, and Western bluebird but also Black-headed grosbeak, Chipping sparrow, Lark sparrow, Rufous-crowned sparrow, as well as numerous other species. We will be attempting to gather sufficient sample sizes of nests from the most common species for comparisons.
Work is expected to being mid-late April, but we can be flexible with start and end dates to accommodate students.
- Technicians preferably have previous experience searching for nests in a forested environment, but any nest searching experience may be considered.
- Technicians must have experience following behavioral cues to identify nesting behaviors to locate nests and to determine nest status. This project follows many cavity nesting species, and establishing nest status throughout the season may at times only be determined through behavioral observations.
- Best applicants will be able to identify pinyon-juniper birds by sight and sound. Applicants may be asked to take quizzes to demonstrate knowledge of avifauna prior to being hired.
- Technicians must be able to hike up to 5 miles per day in occasionally steep, rugged terrain. Weather may vary between cold mornings to hot afternoons. Occasional rain or snow are possible. Hot days and plenty of sun exposure will be common by the end of the season. Nest searching typically begins at dawn or pre-dawn.
- Technicians must be able to navigate off trails using maps, compasses, and GPS units.
- Technicians must be comfortable in shared housing. Housing with all necessities will be provided, but will require sharing spaces, including possibly bedrooms at times. Living spaces and kitchens will be shared with other crew members, and on occasion other outside crews. Technicians must be respectful of facilities and other people using the facilities at all times.
- Technicians that have proven ability to work as a member of team, with good communication skills, ability to take detailed notes and work with minimal supervision are preferred.
- Use of a personal vehicle may be required. Mileage will be reimbursed. Housing facilities are located near study sites, and most roads are graded gravel or dirt roads suitable for passenger vehicles, though moderate clearance, AWD or 4WD may be preferrable. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and insurance.
- Applicants must be a US Citizen or be able to legally work in the United States.
- $15-18/hr, depending on experience
- Shared housing provided (bunkhouse in Fort Stanton, NM)
- Mileage reimbursement ($0.54/mile) and per diem ($30/day)
Please send resume and cover letter with at least 2 references to Marianne Wootten at email@example.com. Please include “Avian Nest Searcher” in the subject line. Applications will be processed as they are received.