Northern Spotted Owl Surveyors needed for conducting surveys throughout Mendocino and Sonoma Counties in Northwestern California. Strix Wildlife Consulting invites applications for full-time seasonal positions conducting surveys for northern spotted owls (NSO's) in the beautiful coast ranges of Northwestern California. Pay is $23/hr - $26/hr depending on experience, special consideration will be given to individuals with spotted owl survey experience in addition to past/current certification for surveying Marbled Murrelets. There is a strong likelihood there may be opportunities for some of these positions to turn into year-round full time opportunities. Our office is located on the Mendocino coast in the town of Fort Bragg. Work period is expected to last from mid-February to the end of August with the season extending to year-round for some. There is modest housing available for a reasonable rate. Most surveys will be conducted on lands owned by some of the nation's top forestland conservation organizations including; The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Redwood Forest Foundation Inc and Save-The-Redwoods-League. Duties include conducting nocturnal surveys for NSO's using digital wildlife callers, conducting NSO reproductive status monitoring surveys and observing and recording color-band information of NSO's often alone in remote locations without access to communications infrastructure (cell phones, radios and CB’s), possibly assisting with capturing and banding, taking detailed notes, filling out data forms, entering survey data into PDA's and various database programs on computers. Work duties will require hiking over steep and rugged terrain, orienteering with map, compass and GPS units, working independently and as a member of a team while following detailed instructions and prioritizing work loads with varying and changing field conditions.
Successful applicants will have experience working with Northern Spotted Owls alone in remote areas often without immediate contact to fellow employees, operating and maintaining 4x4 vehicles and ATV's at night on rugged unimproved dirt roads in addition to operating chainsaws and a variety of other field equipment. Successful applicants will also have good computer skills, be able to work in harsh weather conditions, be physically fit and able to meet the rigorous demands of field work in steep, rugged terrain, able to adapt to a flexible day/night and nighttime work schedule, willing to work overtime, weekends and/or holidays. The applicant must have excellent communication skills (written and oral); able to accurately collect and record field data; and be able to work cooperatively with others, and also capable of working independently with little daily supervision. Please send a cover letter, resume, 3 references (who are available and willing to attest to your abilities) with contact information (via email) to Mike Stephens at email@example.com Applications will be considered until positions are filled (so don't wait too long)