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  • Non-breeding Grassland Bird Surveys Technician

    Annie Hawkinson
    • Employer: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
      Location: In and around Alpine and El Paso, TX or in and around Las Cruces, NM
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 10/06/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    BCR Seasonal Technician Nonbreeding Surveys 2023 FINAL.pdf

    FLSA Status: Seasonal / Non-Exempt / Hourly
    Reports to: Avian Ecologist and Crew Leader
    Direct Reports: None

    Salary: $18.76 - $19.26 hourly DOE. Some overtime hours may be required. In addition to pay, reimbursement for project-related travel and lodging will be provided.
    Duration: ~3 months (seasonal)
    Benefits: Not eligible
    Start Date: On or around December 4, 2022
    Purpose: The seasonal technician will participate in research activities to determine basic population estimates of grassland-nesting songbirds on their wintering grounds

    About the Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is a 501-c(3) non-profit that is headquartered at the Environmental Learning Center at Barr Lake State Park with a satellite office in Fort Collins and fieldwork outposts in the Great Plains Region. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of Science, Education and Stewardship.
    COVID-19 Policy: Bird Conservancy is committed to protecting and enhancing the welfare of its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a condition of employment, all newly hired employees must provide to Bird Conservancy’s human resources representative proof of full vaccination at employment start date. In addition, Bird Conservancy may require employees to be tested for COVID-19 under certain conditions, including but not limited to, exposure to a person infected with the virus, experience of COVID-19 symptoms or travel outside of the assigned work area. All employees must follow Bird Conservancy’s other safety protocols for COVID-19, which are based on current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Any proof of vaccination or test results submitted to Bird Conservancy will remain confidential.
    Project/Position Overview: Grassland songbird populations, including migratory species breeding in the mixed-grass prairies of the northern Great Plains, are among the most rapidly declining guilds in North America. This project seeks to determine basic population estimates of grassland-nesting songbirds on their wintering grounds.

    Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Collect data through transect & vegetation surveys in the field following established protocols
    • Enter and proof survey data
    • Interact positively with landowners, locals and agency employees as needed
    • Assist with grassland bird captures for Motus tagging
    • Communicate regularly with Crew Lead and Avian Ecologist

    Other Duties:

    • Other duties as assigned

    Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted):

    • At least one full year experience in ecological fieldwork that is not class related
    • Strong experience conducting avian fieldwork
    • Demonstrated experience with transect surveys preferred
    • Demonstrated experience with identification of grassland birds during the winter preferred
    • Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Ability to maintain a positive disposition in extreme conditions
    • Ability to travel to multiple locations in a single day
    • Possess or be able to obtain basic first aid certification

    Physical Demands / Work Environment:
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • High-level stress
    • Able to work independently in remote locations where hazardous wildlife and conditions may be present
    • Work will often be conducted before dawn, 6 days a week, often in extreme weather conditions
    • May include lifting up to forty (40) pounds of project gear on a frequent basis. Proper lifting techniques required.
    • Able to stand, walk and hike for extended periods of time outside in all weather carrying a forty (40) pound pack
    • Capable of driving on rough roads, dealing with mud, navigating around cattle and barbed-wire fencing

    Material and Equipment Directly Used:

    • Standard field equipment (e.g. GPS units, compasses, first aid kits).
    • Standard office equipment (e.g. laptop, printers); PC with MS Office software applications.

    Housing: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies will provide shared housing. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies will also provide reimbursement for work related travel and lodging fees.
    Equal Opportunity Employer: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
    To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references in ONE document to annie.hawkinson@birdconservancy.org with “Last Name_First Name_Nonbreeding Survey Seasonal Technician” in the subject line and document file name. In the email please include where you saw the job posting announcement. Applications will be accepted until position filled with preference to those submitted before October 7,2022.

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