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  • Avian Point-Count Technician

    • Employer: Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University
      Location: Idaho, Utah
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    AVIAN POINT-COUNT TECHNICIANS (8) needed for a large-scale study of breeding birds across Idaho and Utah (early or mid-May through mid-July) with the Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) at Boise State University.  Duties consist of standardized point-count surveys, vegetation surveys, and data entry using Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) protocol.  Technicians will identify over one hundred bird species while traveling across a wide variety of habitats including, but not limited to: grassland, sagebrush steppe, riparian, pinyon-juniper, montane forest, and alpine.

    Qualifications include: 
    •    Ability to identify 100+ species of western birds by sight and PRIMARILY by sound 
    •    Ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) for the duration of the field season
    •    Strong physical and mental endurance to complete 1 survey per day per 10-day hitch and 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/poisonous wildlife (bears, mountain lions,  rattlesnakes, etc.)
    •    Ability to carefully navigate rough roads in a 4WD vehicle 
    •    Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management
    •    Strong interpersonal skills for communicating and working effectively with private landowners, fellow technicians, and program managers
    •    Technicians must provide their own camping/backpacking gear

    This is a full time position for the duration of the project (May-July).  Hourly pay rate is $12.50-$14/hr DOE (PLUS a $30/day per diem which amounts to an additional, non-taxable ~$1,000 over the season).  **There may be a possibility for extension following the field season to proof data or potential for an internship at our fall migration site at Lucky Peak.  Technicians must have a valid driver's license and either use their personal 4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the standard state rate) or IBO can provide a rental SUV.  

    We strongly encourage technicians to expand their skill set with hands-on experience of other IBO projects throughout the field season.  Other IBO research projects include: Northern Goshawk breeding surveys and banding, hummingbird banding, Long-billed Curlew nest-searching and satellite transmitter deployment, songbird banding, Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys, and woodpecker surveys.  Please visit our website for more info: https://ibo.boisestate.edu/.

    To apply: email a single pdf document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, your resume, and three professional references to Jeremy Halka (jeremyhalka@boisestate.edu).  Please put “2019 IMBCR Technician” in the subject line.  Please include in your cover letter your dates of availability and if you are most interested in working in Idaho or Utah.  Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.  

    Edited by JeremyH55

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