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  • Spotted Owl Field Technician - Lab Asst. 1

    Guest P Shaklee
    • Employer: University of California - Davis
      Location: Chester, CA and Shaver Lake, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    With minimal supervision of the Field Project Leader, the Field Technicians will:
    1. Perform Forest Field study surveys for California Spotted Owls and other wildlife species.
    2. Conduct nocturnal and diurnal surveys for owls to determine occupancy, nesting and reproductive status.
    3. Collect data following a prescribed protocol.
    4. May assist in the capture and bands spotted owls.
    5. Navigate on public and private road systems without direct supervision.
    6. Locate off-road study sites using compass, topographic maps and/or GPS unit.
    7. Record field data in a legible manner.
    8. Enter field data onto a computer database.

    This is a limited position and is subject to 1,000 maximum hours worked.


    • Must be able to walk 1-3 miles in steep terrain, often at night.
    • Must have normal hearing and color vision, to hear owls and accurately record the owls’ unique color-markers (color-bands).
    • Willingness to work in the forest at night, sometimes solo with coworkers nearby.


    • Experience handling animals.
    • Experience with the banding of animals.
    • Record keeping skills to accurately record research data collected throughout studies.


    • Previous animal behavior or animal study experience.
    • Experience working with research collaborators.
    • Previous bird or raptor survey experience.

    To apply:

    Visit -  https://hr.ucdavis.edu/careers/apply?format=json&keywords=&Category[category_id]=&MCampus[]=DV  and enter keyword spotted owl.  To be considered for both study sites you must apply to each area separately. 

    Contact Paula Shaklee at 530.258.5143 with any questions.

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