Join us for an exciting summer on a long-term project studying the threatened western Distinct Population Segment of yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus, YBCU), one of the most interesting and challenging birds in the Southwest. Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is currently seeking 2 additional techs to conduct seasonal breeding season surveys of western YBCU on the lower Colorado River in AZ and CA. Surveyors must be available from June 2 until August 15. Primary duties: conducting call-playback surveys, resighting color-banded cuckoos, identifying other focal avian species (e.g. Gilded Flicker, Willow Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, Sonoran Yellow Warbler), and data entry/processing using ArcGIS Collector.
Required: Applicants must be enthusiastic, physically fit, have a strong work ethic and interpersonal skills, excellent hearing and color vision, and ability to navigate with maps, GPS and compass. Previous avian field work (at least 1 season) and meticulous data collection skills are expected. You must have a valid driver’s license, a cell phone, and current First Aid/CPR Certificate (or complete a free online course provided by SSRS) before field work begins. If selected, you must provide a State driving record. Couples are welcome to apply if both have field experience.. Preferred skills: collecting data using tablets and ArcGIS Collector, conducting bird surveys, working with secretive birds, resighting color-bands.
Shared housing is based in Blythe CA, and per diem/hotels are provided for occasional overnight trips to other field locations. The position involves hiking off-trail, while carrying moderately heavy packs. While some work is conducted in planted restoration sites, you must be able to tolerate adverse conditions including high temperatures, high humidity, standing water, and dense vegetation. You may encounter wild animals, venomous snakes, and biting or stinging insects etc. including mosquitos, bees, and spiders. All field work involves early mornings, driving and sometimes hiking in the dark. Field work is done alone or in teams in remote areas, and you should feel comfortable working in remote locations.
You will work 5 consecutive days followed by 2 days off. A typical day is 6-7 hours in the field in temperatures ranging from 70–110˚ F, and 1-2 hours dedicated to data processing and proofing. Data is entered daily during and after returning from the field. Housing and work vehicles are provided. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets.
Benefits: You will receive free USFWS-approved western YBCU survey training, required to conduct surveys independently. You may also receive free CPR/first aid and defensive driver training if needed. No personal vehicle is needed and those without may use work vehicles when not in use for basic necessities such as groceries. Starting salary: $2,200 per month up to $2,400 DOE.
Email a cover letter stating your avian field skills or other outdoor experience, including dates of availability, and a resume including names, contact details (email/phone) of 3 references to: Diane Tracy [EM: ybcujobs (at) gmail.com] by May 25, 2019. Please combine documents (cover letter/resume/references) into one file if possible, and include your name in the email subject and file name(s). We will review applications as received and begin hiring as suitable candidates are found. We can only hire non-US citizens who already possess a current Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Please ensure your references are current, and able to comment on your field or birding capabilities. The Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer. www.southernsierraresearch.org