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  • Songbird Nest Searching/Spot Mapping Technicians

    Univ of Montana Bird Ecology Lab
    • Employer: University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab
      Location: Western Montana/Bitterroot Valley
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Project Overview

    The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) is hiring 2-3 experienced songbird technicians to assist with a long-term study of avian response to habitat restoration in wooded draws of western Montana. Located on a large conservation property in the Bitterroot Valley (45 minutes south of Missoula), this position is an exciting opportunity to participate in a unique multi-disciplinary research and outreach program designed to guide restoration and management of private lands for wildlife.

    Primary duties will include: locating and monitoring songbird nests of five focal species (Spotted Towhee, Gray Catbird, Lazuli Bunting, Dusky Flycatcher, & Orange-crowned Warbler), setting up and maintaining nest cameras, “spot-mapping” bird locations and behaviors using an iPad with ESRI apps (Collector/Survey123), and measuring vegetation. Work will entail extensive daily hiking in rugged terrain, and requires keen observational skills to detect bird behavior.

    Work will begin in early May 2022 and continue through late July/early August, with some flexibility for start/end date. Salary is $1,900-$2,253/month depending on experience. We will provide shared housing in Stevensville, MT (about 10 minutes south of the field site). We also provide a work vehicle to get to/from the field sites or mileage reimbursement.

    All applicants must have at least one season of nest searching and monitoring experience. Previous experience with western songbirds (particularly our 5 focal species), setting up nest cameras, and spot-map/territory mapping is highly preferred.  

    Applicants must be physically capable of hiking several miles a day carrying heavy camera equipment. You must be capable of working alone in challenging field conditions and making independent decisions about daily job duties/time management. You must also be willing to communicate effectively on a daily basis and be passionate about songbird behavior and ecology. Valid driver’s license required.

    To Apply

    Please send an application as a single document/file (word or pdf is fine) which includes a brief cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for 3 professional references. In the cover letter, please tell us why you are interested in this position, why you enjoy studying birds in the field, and describe any relevant experience that is not in your resume. Applications should be sent to Tricia Rodriguez at tricia.rodriguez@mso.umt.edu, with "Woody Draw Tech" in the subject line. If you are applying for more than one job with UMBEL, please submit separate applications for each position. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO/ADA/Veterans Preference Employer.

    Feel free to contact us with any questions. You can find out more about our organization and our projects on UMBEL's website, or follow us on Facebook/Instagram!

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