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  • Avian Point-Count Technician

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

    AVIAN POINT-COUNT TECHNICIAN (2) needed for a study of breeding landbirds in southeastern Montana (May 14– July 31) with the Intermountain Bird Observatory 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 train in Lewistown, MT, the Big Snowy Mountains and on UL Bend NWR.  The work is comprised of surveys on private ranches, BLM lands, the Custer National Forest and will conclude in the high alpine outside of Red Lodge, MT.  Technicians will travel across diverse habitats identifying hundreds of bird species. 


    Qualifications include: 1) the ability to communicate and work effectively with the IBO supervisor, with co-workers and private landowners (2 the ability to identify 200+ species of Western birds by sight and primarily by sound 3) the ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) for the duration of the field season 4) strong physical/mental endurance to complete 1 survey per day per 9-day hitch 5) the ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units 6) a willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators (bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes) 7) and careful and accurate data collection/entry/management.  Solo backpacking trips may be required.  Technicians must provide their own backpacking/camping gear. 

    This is a full-time position for the duration of the project (May-July). Hourly pay rate is $13-$15+/hr DOE (PLUS a $3.75/hr. per Diem which amounts to an additional $1,000 over the season).  Surveying requires EXTENSIVE DRIVING between sites on both paved and dirt roads. 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. 

    Please send a resume, cover letter, and at least three references (in ONE Document) via e-mail to Christian Meny: christianmeny@boisestate.edu.   Please put “2019 MT IMBCR Applicant- (w/ Name)” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.

    2018 MT IMBCR Field Implementation Report.pdf 2018 Field Protocol for Spatially Balanced Sampling.pdf

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