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  • Sagebrush Songbird Technicians (1 lead tech and 3 field techs)

    • Employer: University of Montana
      Location: Dillon, Montana
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    Three field technicians and one lead technician are needed to assist with a project in Montana’s Medicine Lodge Valley, south of Dillon from mid-May through early August 2019. This project will investigate the impacts of conifer removal from sagebrush habitat on passerine nest success. Field assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in many of the field techniques used in avian research. Primary duties include intensive nest searching and monitoring, as well as territory mapping, re-sighting color banded individuals, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Lead technician will also assist the project lead with some banding, as well as training technicians and other organizational tasks. Housing and field vehicles will be provided along with a monthly stipend of ~$1650 for field technicians and ~$1850 for the lead technician.


    Applicants should be willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, and can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living in groups. Prior experience with nest searching is highly desirable; self-motivation, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. Applicants should be comfortable with early mornings, hiking over rugged terrain, long days with cold mornings and hot afternoons, and living in a remote area.  Lead technician should also demonstrate leadership and organizational skills. All technicians must provide their own field gear including hiking boots, binoculars, a backpack, etc.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter, a resume and contact information for 3 references in a single document to elise.zarri@umontana.edu. Please apply for only one position and indicate in the subject line of the email which position you would like to be considered for (i.e. “Sagebrush Songbird Field Technician” or “Sagebrush Songbird Lead Technician”).   

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