Employer: Maine Natural History Observatory
Location: Northeastern Maine
Country: United States
Last Date to Apply: 15 May 2021
Employment Dates: 1 June – 1 August, 2021
Job Description: The Maine Breeding Bird Atlas is looking to hire a technician to conduct atlasing in northeastern Maine during the summer of 2021. Technician will be responsible for conducting bird surveys in assigned priority blocks, recording breeding codes, and entering these records into eBird. Comfort working alone is required. Technicians can expect physically demanding work, long work days that may begin well before dawn, wet, cold weather, mosquitoes and blackflies, occasional contact with bears and other wildlife, and areas with no cell service. Start and end dates can be flexible.
Qualifications: Technicians must be able to identify Maine land and water birds by sight and sound. Applicants will be required to take a birder certification test. Must have valid driver’s license, own a vehicle, and be willing to work early mornings and long hours in a variety of conditions. Will be expected to work independently, follow all atlasing protocols, and navigate by GPS on and off-road.
Compensation: Technicians will work as subcontractors, and will be paid $250 per completed priority atlas block for up to $5,000 for the season. All technicians are responsible for providing their own camping equipment and gear, lodging, transportation, and food. We will make efforts to secure primitive camping or free housing options for you near where you are stationed.
To Apply: Electronic applications are required and should be sent to Glen Mittelhauser, email@example.com. Please include: A cover letter and resume or CV indicating your interest and qualifications, names and contact information (email and phone) of 3 references, and birder certification test results for the Maine region (testing center: www.birdercertification.org). To document your audio and visual bird identification levels, attach screen shots of your audio and visual birder certification test results from www.birdercertification.org.