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    Spotted Owl Wildlife Technician

    • Employer: UW-Madison
      Location: Georgetown, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/01/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Four to six wildlife technicians are needed for a long-term population and habitat ecology study of the California Spotted Owl in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.  Two positions begin April 1, 2019 and the remaining positions will begin April 29.  All positions will last until August 16, 2019.  The pay rate is $14.179 per hour.  Wildlife technicians will conduct surveys for California spotted and barred owls, re-sight color bands, assess owl reproductive status, locate nest trees, assist in banding owls, locate owls using telemetry equipment, conduct vegetation surveys, and care for all equipment and vehicles.  Wildlife technicians will also record, transcribe, enter data into computer databases, and validate data that was collected in the field.   A typical workweek is 40 hours.  Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping is required during the work week.  Schedules are irregular, as owls are nocturnal but follow-up visits will often be conducted during daytime hours. 

    Applicants must be physically fit (i.e., able to walk long distances in steep terrain), take detailed field notes, be able to work alone and off-trail at night, be confident navigating unfamiliar terrain with a map, compass, and GPS, have excellent hearing, be able to identify the colors of bird bands, and be able to operate 4-wheel-drive vehicles.  A nearly spotless driving record is required. Field crews must work and live cooperatively.  Applicants with a B.S. in wildlife, biology, or related fields and/or having related experience are preferred. 

    Our research group has been studying the demography of California Spotted Owls in central Sierra Nevada since 1986.   One of our primary goals is to monitor the status of owls in the central Sierra Nevada, as well as to try to understand the environmental factors and forest management practices that impact spotted owl population dynamics. Ultimately, these results are translated into recommendations to land management agencies such as the US Forest Service responsible for maintaining viable spotted owl populations.

    The application deadline is 1 Feb., 2019. Interviews will begin as resumes from qualified applicants are received.  Please apply by sending your cover letter stating why you are interested in a position, a resume with at least three references and their contact information, all in a single file addressed to William Berigan wberigan@wisc.edu.  Please include your last name in the file you send, e.g. "Smith  resume".

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