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  • Ornithological field assistants, Great Basin

    • Employer: University of California, Davis
      Location: central and western Great Basin
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/07/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    The John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis invites applications for up to three ornithological field assistants from mid May through mid July of 2019. Applications must be received by 7 March 2019.


    This position will participate in interdisciplinary studies of ornithology in the Great Basin (eastern California and western and central Nevada). General responsibilities include conducting point counts of breeding birds and measuring vegetation structure and composition with multiple protocols. The position will maintain detailed data records and interact with local resource managers and the public. The activities expected of the position will lead to analyses and interpretations suitable for inclusion in manuscripts that will be submitted to peer-reviewed scientific journals. The position will interact with multidisciplinary teams of ecologists and geographers and engage in professional discussions relevant to the work. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills, and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.


    ·      BS in ecology, natural resources, or a related field with two or more years of experience in remote field settings.

    ·      Experience and proficiency in identification of western birds by sound and sight. This existing skill is essential to the position.

    ·      Experience performing point counts or similar surveys of breeding birds.

    ·      Experience measuring vegetation structure and composition.

    ·      Excellent organizational skills, including ability to collect and maintain accurate hard-copy data records.

    ·      Good physical condition and the ability to work independently in remote field settings, including regular camping in the field.

    ·      Valid driver’s license issued in the United States.



    ·      Experience driving four-wheel drive vehicles on county-maintained roads.

    ·      Ability to operate manual-transmission vehicles.

    ·      CPR and first aid certifications.


    SALARY RANGE: Step 1.5 - $36,691 [100% annual] - Step 4 - $40,498 [100% annual]), commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    CLOSING DATE: The posting will remain open until 7 March 2019.

    TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Short term, seasonal appointment based on the needs of the research project. Appointments may be from 50% to 100%.

    TO APPLY: To apply, please go to https://www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/search/Search_css.jsp, and then search for requisition number 03023343. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications, including but not limited to their ability to identify western birds by sound and sight and their previous experience with ornithological survey methods, experience with identification and measurement of the Great Basin flora, and backcountry experience. Applicants also must submit a curriculum vitae or resume. Documents or materials must be submitted as PDFs. Applicants also must provide contact information (including email and telephone number) for three professional references.

    QUESTIONS: Please direct questions to Erica Fleishman, efleishman@ucdavis.edu.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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