Audubon California is seeking an individual to conduct bird surveys who is comfortable working alone in remote settings, is a strong communicator, can maturely interact with private landowners and managers, can confidently estimate and identify blackbird species, and can enter survey data with a close attention to detail.
This is a part-time (20 hours/week), 3 month (March 18th, 2019 – June 15th, 2019) position, with occasional overtime.
Application review will begin February 22, 2019.
· Conduct Tricolored Blackbird surveys from public roads throughout the San Joaquin Valley 2.5 days per week to identify breeding locations on farms. The Tricolored Blackbird Program is a coordinated effort with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to identify Tricolored Blackbird colonies in agricultural fields at risk of harvest.
· Communicate regularly with private landowners about property access.
· Enter data in the field and proof data in an electronic database.
· Conduct preliminary data analyses and reporting.
· Bachelor's Degree in related field or 2+ years applicable field experience.
· Ability to identify birds by sight, specifically shorebirds and waterfowl. Tricolored Blackbird identification training will be provided.
· Experience driving field trucks on narrow roads in variable conditions.
· Strong initiative and self-motivation and ability to work with limited supervision.
· Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, conservation partners, private landowners and farmers, volunteers, and local community members.
· Experience working on field projects; work in an agricultural setting and interaction with private landowners a plus.
· Ability to travel in California, and to work evenings, as needed. Ability to stay in field housing part-time or commute from a San Joaquin Valley location (full-time housing is not provided).
· A valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.
· Comfort using a GPS unit and testing/using a new mapping system through ArcGIS Collector on iPhone.
· Familiarity with Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint.
· Ability to engage in strenuous outdoor activity, carry field equipment and endure outdoor field conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
· Proven effectiveness working in a team setting.
· Comfort working alone in a field setting.