We are seeking highly motivated research technicians (3) to conduct point counts for forest and grassland birds in National Parks in MD, DC, VA and WV from May through July 2023. This work is part of the National Park Service National Capital Region’s Inventory & Monitoring Program studying long-term trends in bird populations. Field days begin before dawn and generally end by early afternoon. Work includes conducting bird surveys, hiking, data entry and QA/QC. Survey locations cover a variety of habitats and species.
Qualified applicants have the ability to: identify eastern birds by sight and sound, collect detailed and accurate data, navigate using GPS and maps, be comfortable hiking alone and be physically fit. You should be ready to hike through tough terrain and forest undergrowth and deal with adverse conditions including biting insects and high temps/humidity. Work will begin at early hours and follow an unpredictable schedule. Technicians must work well independently and have a good attitude sharing housing with others. Applicants should also be comfortable driving in urban areas. The most important qualification is a positive attitude.
Applicants with previous point count experience preferred. Valid driver’s license is required. Salary starts at $15/hr. Housing and vehicle will be provided (some camping may be required).
Please email a single document including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Leah Rudge at email@example.com. Please also include how you found this ad. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions have been filled.