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    • Employer: Point Blue Conservation Science
      Location: Sierra Nevada, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    One bird and vegetation survey technician position is available in the Sierra Nevada of California with Point Blue Conservation Science.

    Duration: 29 April through 2 August, 2019 (start and end date may be flexible DOE)

    Description: This program offers a unique opportunity to explore and observe birds in some of the most beautiful landscapes in California, across a wide range of habitats, while collecting data to guide management and restoration in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. Field work covers a vast profile of elevations in coniferous forest, aspen, oak, meadow, and chaparral habitats.

    Primary duties include, but are not limited to: Conducting multiple-species avian point counts, vegetation and habitat surveys, data entry, navigating cross-country in mountainous terrain and driving company-leased 4×4 vehicles. In addition to these duties, two positions will run and/or assist, DOE, with banding and extracting birds at two MAPS stations. Work weeks vary from 5-6 days and are typically 40-50 hours, but vary from 35-60 hours.

    Compensation: Technicians will earn an hourly wage of $13-14/hour DOE with overtime pay according to California State law, as well as housing at a value of $400-450/month. Housing locations are subject to change, but will likely be in the Lake Almanor or Placerville/South Lake Tahoe area. Work vehicles are provided.


    • Previous experience point counting multiple bird species by sight and sound is required, preferably in the Western U.S.
    • All candidates must have the ability to navigate cross-country in complex, steep, mountainous terrain with dense shrub cover.
    • All successful candidates must be able to identify over 100 bird species by sight and sound following two weeks of training.
    • We require self-motivation, enthusiasm for travel and camping, good sense of direction, the ability to cope with snow and inclement weather, willingness to spend long hours in the field observing birds 5-6 days/week and the ability to work well independently and in a group living situation.
    • Most positions require significant driving between remote sites (up to 2-4 hours traveling per day for some positions) and front-country camping up to 5-6 days/week.
    • Successful applicants will need a valid U.S. driver’s license and will be asked to provide information to verify their good driving record. Work vehicles are provided.

    To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous multiple species point count experience and experience working as part of a team, interest in this position, specific dates of availability,  a resume, and contact information for three references to ALISSA FOGG (afogg AT pointblue DOT org). In the subject line type: Sierra Bird Crew 2019. Only those qualified applicants who we desire to interview will be contacted. Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified.

    Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants  with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the  interview process.

    Point Blue Sierra Nevada bird monitoring 2019 hiring notice.pdf

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