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  • Grassland Nest Searchers

    Guest Maggie Blake
    • Employer: University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab
      Location: Western Montana
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/01/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) is in search of two field technician to assist on a study for an intermountain grassland songbird project occurring this spring and summer in western Montana. Located on a large conservation property in the Bitterroot Valley 45 minutes south of Missoula, this position is an exciting opportunity to participate in a unique multi-disciplinary research and outreach program designed to guide restoration and management of private lands for wildlife. 

    We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated songbird nest searchers. Primary duties will include locating and monitoring grassland songbird nests; potentially setting up and maintaining nest cameras; and measuring vegetation. Work will entail extensive daily hiking in rugged terrain in direct sun, and requires keen observational skills to detect bird behavior.

    Work will begin in early-May and continue through mid/late- July 2022, with some flexibility for start/end date. Pay will be $1,900-$2,253/month depending on experience.  We will provide shared housing, and a work vehicle to get to/from the field site.


    Experience nest searching in grassland systems is highly desired. Must be physically capable of hiking several miles a day. Enthusiastic and positive attitude to work early hours in challenging field conditions is a must. Individuals applying for this position must have excellent communication skills with supervisor and work well both independently and as a team. Valid driver’s license required.

    To Apply

    To apply, please submit:

    1.       Cover Letter (Please include why you are interested in this project, your desired position, as well as your relevant experience.)

    2.       Resume/CV

    3.       Three Professional References (Please include name, email address, and telephone numbers) 


    Please send application materials in a single document to Maggie Blake at umbirdecologylab@gmail.com with “Grassland Songbird Tech” in subject line. If you are applying for more than one job with UMBEL, please submit separate applications for each position. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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