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  • Research Technician - Bioacoustics

    • Employer: University of Wisconsin, Madison
      Location: Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/20/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job Description

    Up to four field technicians are needed to undertake field work for bioacoustics research projects throughout Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the Sierra Nevada region in California. This monitoring program uses autonomous recording units (ARUs) to survey for avifauna and provide information for several research and management programs studying forest owls and songbirds.

    This multi-year research project focuses on the California spotted owl, and other forest owls and songbirds of conservation concern, in order to help understand the distribution and habitat usage in the parks, particularly in areas affected by wildfires.

    Start and end dates for this position are dependent on snowpack, but the season will likely run mid-April to late-July. Target start date of April 17, with the end date in mid-late July.  Pay is $20-$22/hour depending on experience.

    A typical workweek is 40 hours, generally 4 days/week. Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping of several nights/week will likely be required. Schedules will be irregular and will include a combination of field and office work. Field work consists of deploying and retrieving autonomous recording units throughout National Parks land, and some National Forest land. Sites will be located along Park roads and along trails within the Parks, some requiring hikes of up to 5 miles one-way. Office work can include, but is not limited to, data entry, downloading and managing acoustic data, and prepping and troubleshooting equipment. Other duties may include clearing roads of debris, and vehicle maintenance. Most of the work will be done in pairs and cooperative living will also be required. Technicians must be respectful of others as well as work and live together cooperatively.


    Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife or related field required or relevant field experience. Ideal applicants will have experience working in remote conditions; experience with strenuous hiking; and ability to function as a two-person crew with potentially limited direct supervision.

    -Applicants must be physically fit (i.e., able to walk 5-10 miles in steep terrain).

    -Ability to carry up to 35 lb packs while hiking 5-10 miles.

    -Demonstrated ability to take detailed field notes and translate these into electronic databases.

    -Ability and confidence navigating unfamiliar terrain with a map, compass and GPS. 

    -Ability to follow established field protocols

    -Ability to adapt a work plan to changing field conditions

    -Ability to safely operate 4-wheel-drive vehicles on backcountry roads

    -A valid U.S. driver’s license with a clean driving record is required.

    -Must work and live cooperatively.

    To Apply

    Applicants must apply through the UW, Madison job site:



    The application deadline is 20 Jan, 2023, however we will review applicants and conduct interviews on a rolling basis.  Please follow link above to include a cover letter stating why you are interested in a position, and a resume with at least three references and their contact information, all in a single file. Questions can be directed to Kevin Kelly (kkelly29@wisc.edu).

    UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

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