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  • Mountain Meadow Bird Monitoring Technicians

    Brent Campos
    • Employer: Point Blue Conservation Science
      Location: Chester & Truckee, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    Two technicians are needed for nest searching, nest monitoring, territory mapping, banding, point counts, and vegetation and habitat surveys for breeding birds in meadows of the Sierra Nevada of California. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    Position: Field Technician, Sierra Nevada Group

    Duration: 2 May through 5 August 2022 (Chester); 16 May through 12 August (Truckee). Start dates flexible depending on experience.

    Locations: Chester, CA; Truckee, CA

    Job type: full-time, seasonal

    Compensation: $16.75-18/hour, depending on experience, with overtime pay according to California State law. Shared housing and utilities are provided at a cost of $202/month. Benefits limited to 24 hours of sick pay.

    Description: This position offers a unique opportunity to explore and observe birds in some of the most beautiful landscapes in California, while collecting data to guide restoration and stewardship of mountain meadows. Two positions will be based out of Chester, CA, and work primarily in Childs Meadow and Swain Meadow. One position will be based out of Truckee, CA, and work primarily in Van Norden Meadow.

    Primary duties include, but are not limited to: Territory mapping, nest searching, and nest monitoring for 8 passerine species; multi-species point count surveys; vegetation and habitat surveys; data entry and proofing; navigating cross-country in complex wetland habitats. The people positioned in Chester will assist with banding and extracting birds at two MAPS stations. Work weeks vary from 5-6 days and are typically 40-45 hours but vary from 35-50 hours.


    • Previous experience nest searching and territory mapping for passerine species, preferably in the Western US.
    • All candidates must feel confident in their ability to hike and navigate cross-country in uneven, complex, beaver-modified wetland habitats with dense shrub cover.
    • We require self-motivation, enthusiasm, good sense of direction, the ability to cope with inclement weather, willingness to spend long hours in the field observing birds and their habitat, with additional time in the office 5-6 days/week, and the ability to work well independently and in a group living situation.
    • All candidates must be able to identify 10 bird species by sight and sound following 1 week of training. We will provide species lists, audio recordings and links to learning resources before positions begin.
    • Ideal candidates will have completed at least one season of point counts in the montane West.
    • Ideal candidates will have considerable experience banding Western birds.
    • Ideal candidates will have a background in ecology, environmental studies, or related field.
    • Successful applicants will need a valid U.S. driver’s license, at least two years of driving experience, and will be asked to provide information to verify their good driving record with one or fewer moving violations in the last three years.
    • Position may require the use of a personal vehicle. If a personal vehicle is used, you must have proof of insurance. We reimburse for mileage at the Federal rate ($0.58/mile in 2021) for using a personal vehicle for work.
    • Ability to lift/carry up to 40 lbs. and hike up to 6 miles.

    Work environment & physical requirements: The Chester, CA, position operates in locations with limited cell phone reception, predatory wildlife, wet and uneven terrain, and often in a solitary capacity. The Truckee, CA, position operates in locations with abundant visitors, wet and uneven terrain, and in a solitary capacity. All field locations are in close proximity to a paved road or highway with vehicle access.

    COVID safety: We require full vaccination prior to employment. You may be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status if working in close proximity to Point Blue staff, partners, supporters, and others. We require staff to follow current safety guidelines. All Point Blue staff will do the same and ensure a safe working environment.

    Application instructions: To apply, send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous nest searching, territory mapping, banding, point count, and other bird survey experience; interest in this position; specific dates of availability; a resume; and contact information for three references, to Brent Campos (bcampos@pointblue.org) with the subject line “Technician Application”. Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified.

    Point Blue is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from people with backgrounds that are under-represented in the conservation community.

    Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants  with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the  interview process.


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