The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) is hiring two experienced field technicians to conduct point count surveys to assess songbird community response to conifer woodland removal projects in high-elevation sagebrush habitats of southwestern Montana. The project is located near Dillon, Montana in some of the wildest and most scenic montane landscapes in the region, and is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a large multi-partner sagebrush conservation effort. Duties include conducting point counts, habitat sampling, and data entry. Work entails travel by 4WD on rough two-track roads and off-trail hiking in mountainous terrain to access field sites.
Work will extend from mid-May to end of July 2021, with some flexibility for start/end date.
Position is seasonal full-time with a salary range of $15-$17 per hour, DOE. Shared field housing will be available, but primitive camping will also be required with a $32 daily camping per diem provided. A rental truck will be provided to access field locations.
All our staff will follow University of Montana’s safety protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Applicants must have at least one season of experience conducting point counts, and ability to identify western bird species by sight and sound. Candidates with previous experience in sagebrush systems preferred. This is physically demanding work that requires daily hiking in steep terrain, working alone in remote areas, and excellent navigational skills. Applicants must be self-motivated, have experience implementing field work independently under changing field conditions, and possess strong organizational skills. Ability to communicate clearly with public and various agency personnel about work activities is essential. A valid driver’s license is required.
Please email an application as a single document/file (word or pdf) that includes a cover letter addressing qualifications specific to this position, a resume, and contact information for three references. Applications should be sent to Anna Noson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Sagebrush Point Count Technician” in the subject line. If you are applying for more than one job with UMBEL, please submit a separate application for each position. Position open until filled.
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