Klamath Bird Observatory (www.klamathbird.org) is seeking to fill a Field Technician position in our Oregon Vesper Sparrow demography research program. We are contributing to a range-wide study to understand causes of decline in this imperiled subspecies. Primary duties will include nest searching and monitoring, color-band resighting, and vegetation surveys in meadows of the western Cascades mountains and associated data entry based out of our office in Ashland, Oregon.
EXPECTATIONS: Field season will be ~May 4 - July 17, 2020 (exact dates to be determined). Primary duties will be nest searching and monitoring, color-band resighting, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Previous nest-searching experience is required, and additional experience in the other methods is preferred. Training in specific field protocols will be provided. Ability to use your own vehicle (typically on paved or improved dirt roads; 4WD is not necessary), and willingness to camp for the duration of the field season will be needed. We can provide suggestions for free rustic camping options near field sites.
QUALIFICATIONS: Previous nest-searching experience and ability to see full range of colors are required, and experience searching for grassland bird nests using parental behavior is preferred. Applicants should be prepared to start at dawn, work in the field in all types of weather, carefully follow protocols and meticulously record data, be in good physical condition, and possess good communication skills. Applicants must enjoy the outdoors, and be willing to work in areas with biting insects and the potential to encounter rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars. It is essential that the applicant be comfortable and capable of camping and working independently at remote sites (but near country roads, and within a 40-min. drive of Ashland, OR).
COMPENSATION: The Field Technician will be paid $13.77/hr., not to exceed 40 hrs/wk. Transportation to Ashland, OR, and personal field gear (e.g. tent, other camping gear, hiking boots) are the responsibility of the applicant. Applicants must have a car, valid driver’s license, current insurance, and be able to provide their driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for work purposes will be necessary, and the Field Technician will be reimbursed for work-related mileage at $0.575/mile.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter including your dates of availability and vehicle type, résumé, and contact info for 3 references by email to Dr. Sarah Rockwell (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will review applications on a rolling basis starting on February 17, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.