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  • Crew Leader and Field Technicians in Napa Valley CA, Spring/Summer 2023!

    matt johnson
    • Employer: Cal Poly Humboldt
      Location: Napa Valley, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/10/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Cal Poly Humboldt is looking for enthusiastic field biologists to join our songbirds & vineyards research team for the spring/summer 2023 field season in Napa Valley, California. These positions will join a collaborative team of scientists from Cal Poly Humboldt, UC Davis, and UC Riverside. Dates are 1 April through end of July for one crew leader position (with possible extension if qualified & interested), and mid-April to mid-July for two field technicians. The technicians will work under the supervision of the crew leader and will be responsible for collecting data on songbirds and insects in winegrape vineyards. The project's main focus is assessing the potential for nest boxes to attract songbirds capable of removing insect pests from winegrape vineyards. As such, we will survey birds and insect pests on vineyards with and without bluebird/swallow nest boxes.

    The technicians will be primarily responsible for deploying and collecting sticky cards to assess insect pest densities and using visual bird surveys (point counts) to estimate bird diversity and abundance in 20 vineyards (10 with bird nest boxes installed and 10 without) across the Napa Valley. Additionally, the field technicians will assist with fecal sample collection, setting up playback experiments, data entry and other related duties. Field training for insect sampling methodology will be provided. The crew leader will conduct point counts, coordinate and supervise the technicians, communicate with the project leader (Matt Johnson at Cal Poly Humboldt) and collaborators at UC Davis and UC Riverside, and liaise with vineyard managers. Housing in Napa will be provided for all three positions throughout the fieldwork period.

    Minimum qualifications:

    ·        Comfortable working with insect collection in the field.

    ·        Ability to tolerate working in adverse weather and light hiking in farm conditions.

    ·        Ability to follow standardized protocols and carefully record and enter data.

    ·        Ability work cooperatively with a team and shifting duties over the field season.

    ·        Driver’s license and clean driving record.

    ·        Professional, clear communication skills to coordinate with the crew leader.

    Preferred qualifications:

    ·        Prior experience working with birds, including with point count methodology.

    ·        Proficiency in the identification of western birds visually and by sound.

    ·        Prior experience sampling and/or identifying insects.

    ·        Data management experience (i.e., data entry and cleaning).

    Additional qualifications for crew leader:

    ·        BS (required) or MS (preferred)

    ·        Prior supervisory experience.

    ·        Excellent communication skills with technicians, project leaders, and farmers

    ·        Proficiency with point count surveys, use of GPS and GoogleEarth.

    ·        Data analysis experience preferred (i.e., data management and modeling in R).


    Duration: at least 16 weeks (crew leader) or 12 weeks (technicians) from April 2023 July 2023.

    Wage: $20-$30/hour for crew leader; $18-$20/hour for technicians. Generally 40 hours per week, limited-term appointment through Cal Poly Humboldt.

    To apply: Prepare a single document (PDF preferred) including: 1) a cover letter discussing your qualifications detailing previous avian and insect field experience, and motivations for this position; 2) your CV or resume, and 3) contact information for three references. Send the materials to vineyardsongbirdresearch@gmail.com with the subject line: “application for 2023 field position”.

    Application review begin date: February 10th, 2023. Applications are solicited until the positions are filled.

    Cal Poly Humboldt Sponsored Programs Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other legally protected status. More information about Cal Poly Humboldt SPF’s Equal Employment Opportunity hiring can be found here.

    Contact person: Dr. Matt Johnson

    Contact email: vineyardsongbirdresearch@gmail.com




    Location: Napa Valley, California

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