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  • Grassland Avian Survey Technician (WWF): Eastern Montana

    Guest Jennifer Boisvert
    • Employer: Intermountain Bird Observatory
      Location: Montana
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    GRASSLAND AVIAN FIELD CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN (2-3) needed for a study of landbird breeding on ranchlands in eastern Montana. The field effort is in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund’s Northern Great Plains Sustainable Ranching Initiative (WWF-SRI https://www.worldwildlife.org/projects/sustainable-ranching-initiative). Technicians will support a collaborative effort with WWF Ecologists and partner ranchers to survey for breeding birds on program ranchlands in eastern Montana. Data will inform grassland conservation and promote bird-friendly beef production. Duties consist of conducting standardized avian point count surveys across Eastern Montana; and conducting vegetation habitat identification and field data entry.


    Time Period:                May 9 - July 9, 2022

    Salary:             $17.75 - $19.00/hour, DOE


    Qualifications include: 

    ·      Ability to identify 100+ grassland bird species by sound and sight

    ·      Ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) in remote areas for entirety of the field season

    ·      Ability to camp and work early hours, often without phone service or facilities, and change work sites on a daily basis. Fieldwork may include travel to remote, road-less survey sites.

    ·      Ability to navigate independently using maps and GPS units

    ·      Ability to safely drive rough and sometimes unmaintained roads using an AWD or 4WD vehicle  

    ·      Strong physical and mental endurance for long days, often with extensive driving between surveys

    ·      Ability to be autonomous and problem-solve difficult situations

    ·      Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management. Detailed is a necessity.

    ·      Willingness, and ability to work safely in landscapes occupied by predators and/or venomous wildlife

    ·      Strong interpersonal and professional skills for communicating and working effectively with program managers, private landowners, and fellow technicians.

    Technicians must have a valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, and use their personal, AWD/4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at a rate of ~$0.58/mile), or IBO will provide a rental SUV. Technicians must provide their own camping/backpacking gear, and use their own quality binoculars and laptop computer. (Mac Chromebook or Notebook will not suffice for data entry.) 


    To Apply:

    Email a single pdf document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, and your experience with remote and independent work. Also include your resume and three professional references. Please email your documents to Jennifer Boisvert at: Jenniferboisvert@boisestate.edu with “2022 WWF Avian Tech” in the subject line. Interviews will start in Feb and positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.  

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