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  • Pinyon Jay Technician: Idaho

    Guest Lesley Howard
    • Employer: Intermounatin Bird Observatory, Boise State University
      Location: Southeastern Idaho
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Avian Field Technicians (1-2) needed for a study of Pinyon Jay breeding across Southeastern Idaho from ~Mar 5 – May 13 (exact dates TBD) with the Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) at Boise State University. Primary duties consist of conducting Pinyon Jay surveys, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Technicians will conduct surveys in potentially suitable habitat including a variety of habitats especially including shrubsteppe, pinyon-juniper, and other coniferous forest types.

    Pay rate: equivalent to $17.75–19.00/hr DOE

    •    Ability to identify Pinyon Jays and many co-occurring species of western birds by sound and sight
    •    Ability to work independently and as a part of a two-person team in remote areas for the duration of the field season
    •    Strong physical and mental endurance to work long days in potentially challenging conditions (snow, mud, etc.)
    •    Ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units
    •    Willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators and/or venomous wildlife (bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes)
    •    Ability to carefully navigate rough, unmaintained roads in a 4WD vehicle
    •    Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management
    •    Strong interpersonal skills for communicating and working effectively with program managers, fellow technicians, and private landowners

    Vehicle: Technicians must have a valid driver's license and proof of auto insurance, and use either their personal 4WD/high-clearance vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed — the 2023 rate is $0.655[J2] /mi) or an IBO-provided rental SUV (must have safe driving record). You must provide your own high-quality binoculars (i.e., no compact binoculars — ideally 8 or 10x42 magnification), camping/backpacking gear, and a working laptop for data entry. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, and some overnight backcountry travel to survey remote roadless areas will be required. We provide survey equipment and basic safety gear (GPS unit loaded with survey points, rangefinder, inReach satellite comm safety device, bear spray, small first-aid kit, hatchet, tow straps, small air compressor, tire patch kit, etc.).

    About Intermountain Bird Observatory: Please visit our website, or check out our 2022 newsletter to learn more about our organization and the projects we work on! There are opportunities to extend employment after mid-May to aid in other projects if needed.

    To Apply: submit via email — with the subject line titled "2023 Idaho PIJA Technician" — a single PDF document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position (please focus on your personal and professional experience/interest in birds and backcountry travel), and your resume including 3 professional references, to Lesley Howard (lesleyhoward@boisestate.edu). Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found. 


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