Title: Avian point count technician (Montana)
FLSA Status: FULL TIME / SALARIED / EXEMPT
Location: Montana, statewide
Time Period: May 10 or May 17-July 16, 2021
Salary: $17.10 - $19.44/hour, DOE.
AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS (10) needed for a large-scale study of breeding birds across Montana (early/mid-May through early/mid-July) with the Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) at Boise State University. Duties consist of statewide standardized point-count surveys, vegetation surveys, and data entry using Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) protocol. Technicians will identify over 100 bird species while traveling across a wide variety of habitats including grassland, sagebrush steppe, riparian, pinyon-juniper, montane coniferous forest, and alpine.
• Ability to identify 100+ species of western birds primarily by sound and sight
• Ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) in remote areas for the duration of the field season
• Strong physical and mental endurance to work long days, often with extensive driving between surveys
• Ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units
• Willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators and/or venomous wildlife (bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes)
• Ability to carefully navigate rough, unmaintained roads in a 4WD vehicle
• Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management
• Strong interpersonal skills for communicating and working effectively with program managers, fellow technicians, and private landowners
• Technicians must provide their own camping/backpacking gear. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, and some overnight backcountry travel to survey remote road-less areas will be required.
Technicians must have a valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, and either use their personal, 4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.57/mile) or IBO can provide a rental SUV. You must have your own binoculars, camping gear, and a laptop is required. Mac Chromebook will not work for data entry.
Please visit our website for more info on Intermountain Bird Observatory: https://ibo.boisestate.edu/. There also may be a possibility for job extension following the field season to proof data or potential for an internship at our fall migration site at Lucky Peak.
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