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  • Avian Point-Count Technician (10)


    Christian Meny
    • Employer: Intermountain Bird Observatory
      Location: Montana (statewide)
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    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.

    Qualifications include: 
    •    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.

    To Apply:

    Email a single pdf document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, your dates of availability, your resume, and three professional references to: Christian Meny (christianmeny@boisestate.edu). Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.  

    MT IMBCR Field Implementation Report (2020).pdf




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