Project: Monitoring California Spotted Owl and Barred Owls in the Sierra Nevada, California
Description: The recent expansion of barred owls into the western US has had dramatic negative consequences for the northern spotted owl, and barred owls are now increasing in the Sierra Nevada, the core range of the California spotted owl. UW-Madison, in partnership with the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife, is leading a project designed to 1) evaluate spotted and barred owl distribution and density in the northern Sierra Nevada (Lassen and Plumas National Forests) and 2) determine patterns of barred owl and spotted owl co-occurrence. The results will guide barred owl management and spotted owl conservation throughout the Sierra Nevada.
We will use autonomous recording units (ARUs, aka song-meters) to detect owls. Primary duties will be to 1) deploy and relocate ARUs on a weekly basis, 2) to process acoustic data, 3) carefully enter and proof acoustic data, 4) oversee and coordinate field technicians, and 5) oversee maintenance of field equipment and vehicles.
Season runs from late April until mid-August. Compensation is $2300-$2400/month. Work week will generally be 4 days, with occasional 5 day weeks as needed. Housing will be provided, but crews should expect to spend some time camping most weeks.
· Enthusiasm for wildlife research and conservation biology
· Be able to follow detailed field protocols without supervision
· Be able to keep careful, legible, accurate field notes
· Be comfortable working alone in the woods
· Driver’s license and an excellent driving record
· Be able to navigate off-trail over rough terrain with map and compass, and GPS
· First aid
· Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Wildlife Ecology, or related field
· Experience with spreadsheet and database programs
· Experience navigating forest roads
· Experience with 4WD vehicles on rough terrain
· Previous supervision of work crews
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, CV and three references in one file with subject “Owl Crew Lead” to Kevin Kelly at kkelly29 [AT] wisc.edu.