Duration: May 15-July 15
Job Type: Temporary Position
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Salary: Monthly salary $2000 with field housing included
Grassland conservation project evaluation technicians needed to monitor difference aspects of projects in pre-, mid-, and post-project stage. Data will be collected on pollinators, birds, vegetation, and human dimensions to assess project success. Projects occur in the Oaks and Prairies region of Texas, and evaluations will occur at projects across this geography. NOTE: FILLING OF POSITIONS IS CONTINGENT UPON CONTRACT AWARD.
- Early-morning, road-side point counts to survey bird communities in grasslands; afternoon vegetation surveys; pollinator surveys; landowner interviews; and data entry.
- Other responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) equipment maintenance, managing databases, proofing entered data, assisting conservation delivery specialists, etc.
Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperature, plenty of sun, intense hiking, etc.).
- Housing will be provided and may include hotels, bunkhouses, and other forms of field housing. As such, candidates should be flexible about housing and sharing rooms with other technicians.
- Technicians will be regularly interacting with American Bird Conservancy/Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partner organizations/agencies and partner landowners. As such, technicians must have excellent interpersonal skills, as they will be expected to represent the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partners and may be required to professionally interact with landowners in person or over the phone.
- Preference will be shown for individuals that are willing to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites.
- Mileage will be reimbursed.
- Personal vehicles should be in good condition and able to handle dirt/gravel roads.
*Note that road conditions may be difficult in some areas depending on weather.
This is an opportunity to be part of a large-scale grassland conservation effort involving partner conservation agencies and organizations in Texas and Oklahoma. This is a pilot study, so flexibility and patience will be an asset.
- Experience conducting avian point counts
- Experience with identification of Texas birds, especially grassland birds
- Estimating distances to detected birds
- Experience with pollinator surveys and pollinator identification
- Experience with Texas plant identification, especially grasses and forbs
- Excellent navigational abilities
- Meticulous data collection skills
- Ability to work independently
- Excellent inter-personal skills
- Prior experience performing interviews/surveys
- Valid driver’s license
- Must be 18 years old or older and a US citizen
Please send electronic copies (PDF) of the following in one document:
- A letter of interest
- Names and contact information for three work references.