AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIAN NEEDED IMMEDIATELY for a large-scale study of breeding birds across Idaho (start ASAP, work through 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. The specific opening we are filling is located in northern Idaho, and will require numerous overnight backpacking trips in very rugged/mountainous areas.
Pay rate is $17.50-19.50/hr DOE, 40hrs/wk
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 $0.56/mile) or IBO can provide a rental SUV. You must have your own binoculars and a laptop is required.
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, and your experience with remote and isolated work. Also include your resume and three professional references and email to both: Jeremy Halka (jeremyhalka AT boisestate.edu) and Jessica Pollock (jessicapollock AT boisestate.edu). Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.