Klamath Bird Observatory (www.KlamathBird.org) is seeking seasonal field technicians for the 2023
breeding season to complete avian point count surveys from May 1st through July 21st, throughout
the ecologically diverse and beautiful regions of southern Oregon, eastern Oregon, and/or northern
California. Technicians will conduct work related to multiple projects including monitoring effects of
conifer forest restoration on species distributions and long-term monitoring in both private and public
lands. Surveyors will work in northeastern Oregon conifer forests, eastern Oregon sagebrush habitat,
Redwood National and State Parks, and/or Lava Beds National Monument. Applicants should be able
to identify a wide variety of western bird species as they may be working in a range of habitats
including coniferous forests, oak woodlands, montane meadows, and shrub-steppe. Primary
responsibilities will include conducting multispecies avian point count surveys and vegetation
sampling along off-road transects following standard protocols, and associated data entry. Other
tasks may be assigned if time permits. Field training on protocol methodology and distance
estimation will be provided at the onset of the season. Camping independently, often at undeveloped
or dispersed sites, will be required for most work. A small number of sites also require overnight
backcountry camping. Experience and comfort with backpacking to sites will be discussed and
agreed upon prior to the field season and is not required for every position. Several field vehicles are
available, but in certain cases it may be necessary for surveyors to use a personal vehicle to travel to
work sites. If technicians are required to drive their personal vehicle, mileage reimbursement will be
Well-qualified applicants should have at least one full season of avian point count field experience.
Applicants should have a full range of hearing, be in excellent physical condition, and be comfortable
working and camping independently. Required qualifications include ability to identify western birds
by sight and sound, hike in steep and rugged off-trail conditions, follow standardized field protocols,
collect and record meticulous data, communicate effectively, work independently in remote forested
areas, work in inclement weather conditions, and tolerate working in areas containing poison oak.
Surveyors must possess good map reading, GPS, and orienteering skills and be eager to work long
days in the field. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and insurance.
Technicians must be willing and able to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines during the
COVID-19 pandemic throughout the duration of hire. Effective June 21, 2021, and until further
notice, KBO will require that all Employees and Student Interns be fully vaccinated for COVID‐19,
and be able to provide proof of vaccination status.
$3256/month, plus reimbursement for mileage at the federal rate if required to drive a personal
vehicle. An additional completion bonus of $1000 will be provided at the end of the field season.
Send cover letter (including dates of availability and vehicle type), resume, and contact information
for three references in a single PDF document to Tom McLaren (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hiring will be ongoing until all positions have been filled. Offers are contingent on the status of the
COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent health and safety mandates throughout the field season.
Additional employment opportunities and information about Klamath Bird Observatory can be found