The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) seeks two experienced songbird technicians to conduct point count surveys in riparian habitats on the Madison and Missouri Rivers in Montana as part of a long-term study of bird populations and habitat change in large river systems. Technicians will paddle and hike to access floodplain sites along 500 miles of river. Duties include: contacting private landowners for access, conducting point counts and habitat sampling, and data entry. Primitive camping and multi-day river pack trips required. These positions offer an incredible opportunity to explore Montana’s wild and scenic rivers including the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, while contributing to conservation of riparian bird populations.
Work will begin mid-May through end of July (exact start date TBD). Standard work schedule will be 10 days on and 4 days off. Monthly salary of $2,427-$2,600, depending on experience. Reimbursement for project-related travel ($0.56/mile) if personal vehicle is used for work, plus ~$500 per month in camping and lodging reimbursements will be provided.
Previous experience conducting point counts, and ability to identify western bird species by sight and sound are required. Applicants should have a strong background in fieldwork, and ability to work independently to plan and implement daily field activities. Experience paddling canoes or kayaks, navigating using map and compass, and camping in backcountry preferred. All applicants must be physically capable of paddling 10+ miles and hiking several miles a day, and willing to work long hours in the field. A valid driver’s license, binoculars, camping gear, and a strong work ethic are required.
Please email a cover letter addressing qualifications specific to this position, a resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single document to Tricia Rodriguez, Biologist, at: email@example.com. Positions open until filled.
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