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  • Avian Point Count Technician-Montana

    • Employer: University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab
      Location: Southwestern Montana
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) is hiring 2 experienced field technicians to conduct avian point count surveys in high-elevation sagebrush habitats of southwestern Montana from May 25 -August 1 2022 (dates are flexible, and depend on snowpack and weather conditions).  Surveys will be conducted on public and private lands in some of the most scenic montane landscapes in the region, and will contribute to a large multi-partner sagebrush conservation effort. Duties include conducting avian point counts, navigating cross-country in mountainous terrain, habitat sampling, and data entry. Work entails travel by 4WD on rough two-track roads and off-trail hiking to access field sites. This is a full-time (40 hrs per week) seasonal position hired through the University of Montana. Salary is $16-18 per hour DOE, plus housing and a daily per diem for overnight camping. A work truck will be provided.

    Qualifications: Applicants must have at least one season of experience conducting point counts, and ability to identify western bird species by sight and sound.   Experience collecting data with ESRI Survey123 and Collector is a plus.   This is physically demanding work that requires daily hiking in steep terrain, working alone in remote areas, and excellent navigational skills. Applicants must be self-motivated, have experience implementing field work independently under changing field conditions, and possess strong organizational skills.  Ability to communicate clearly with public and various agency personnel about work activities is essential. Technicians must be willing and able to adhere to University of Montana COVID-19 guidelines throughout the duration of hire. A valid driver’s license is required.

    To Apply: Please email an application as a single document/file (word or pdf) that includes a cover letter addressing qualifications specific to this position, a resume, and contact information for three references. Applications should be sent to Anna Noson (anna.noson@umontana.edu) with “Sagebrush Point Count Technician” in the subject line. If you are applying for more than one job with UMBEL, please submit a separate application for each position.



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