The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) is hiring one experienced point count technician to conduct surveys for songbirds in high-elevation sagebrush habitats of southwestern Montana. The project is located near Dillon, MT on a mix of private and public lands in some of the wildest and most scenic montane landscapes in the region. Duties include conducting point counts, habitat sampling, and data entry, and entails travel by 4WD on rough two-track roads and off-trail hiking up to several miles in mountainous terrain. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a regional sagebrush conservation effort with many partners.
The position will start May 22 and extend to August, with flexibility on end date. Monthly salary of $2,340-$2,770 ($13.50- $16+/hour), DOE. Housing will be provided, but frequent camping will be required. We will reimburse all work-related travel costs including a $23/day camping per diem.
All applicants must have at least one season of experience conducting point counts, and ability to identify western bird species by sight and sound. Applicants 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. 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 3 references. Applications should be sent to Anna Noson at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Point Count Technician” in the subject line.
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Edited 23 hours ago by Univ of Montana Bird Ecology Lab