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  • Grassland Songbird Technicians

    Guest Sarah Fry
    • Employer: University of Montana- Avian Science Center
      Location: Judith Gap, MT
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/01/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position Description

    Field assistants (4) needed from late April/early May through mid-July for a migratory songbird study outside Judith Gap, Montana. The study focused on grassland songbirds, specifically Chestnut-collared Longspurs and Thick-billed Longpurs, occupancy/abundance, nest density, and nest success in improved and unimproved prairie pastures. This study is a collaboration between US Fish and Wildlife Service; Northern Great Plains Joint Venture; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park; and the University of Montana - Avian Science Center. Data collection will consist of early morning avian walking transects followed by nest surveying and monitoring. Important duties will include identifying grassland songbirds by sight and sound, identifying songbird nests and eggs, navigation by and usage of GPS systems, data entry and proofing, and communication with project collaborators and private land owners.



    Applicants should have or be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, biology, ecology, or a related field. Good organizational and data recording skills, legible handwriting, the ability to work independently and within a team (4-6 individuals), and the willingness to travel and work an unusual schedule (early mornings!!). A positive attitude is encouraged, as this position requires long working days and living in close quarters in this isolated area. Housing is provided, and requires shared living spaces. Experience identifying songbirds by sight and sound, preferably grassland songbirds, is highly preferred or the willingness and desire to learn. Experience working with private landowners is also desired. Applicants should be in good physical shape and able to hike long distances in a grassland landscape. Applicants must be comfortable working near large livestock. Valid driver’s license required, along with familiarity with dirt road conditions with inclement weather (e.g., very wet conditions). Additional trainings and paperwork will be provided and require completion pre-season. 



    $1200/two-week pay period. Housing is provided (and is close quarters).


    How to Apply

    Applicants will be reviewed as they are received. We strongly encourage you to apply early.

    Email a cover letter including dates of availability, resume/CV, and contact information for 3 references to Sarah Fry at the Avian Science Center at (asc@mso.umt.edu). Please put “Songbird Field Technician” in the subject line. Please submit applications as a single pdf or word file.


    For further information please visit: https://www.umt.edu/avian-science-center/research/default.php 

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