The successful applicant’s primary responsibilities will be to monitor peregrine falcon and bald eagle nests throughout Western North Carolina. Together with the project biologist or primary wildlife technician, but more often alone, the technician will check peregrine falcon nests to determine if a site is occupied by falcons, assess stage of the nesting cycle, note behaviors and disturbance factors, and ultimately determine number of offspring produced. Eagle nest monitoring will be less intensive.
The technician will enter data, coordinate and supervise volunteers, maintain equipment, and complete miscellaneous tasks in support of project objectives. As needed, applicant will assist with inventory, monitoring, and management of other bird Species of Greatest Conservation Need identified in the North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan (2015). As needed and feasible, the technician may be asked to assist other regional biologists or technicians with field work for other wildlife taxa. Technicians must be able to work independently in remote, strenuous field locations, sometimes in harsh conditions or inclement weather. Travel to various field locations throughout the western region and occasional overnight stays will be required. The applicant can expect long hours of driving around western North Carolina, primarily on highways and secondary roads with limited driving on rough dirt roads.
Optics equipment and a vehicle will be provided. A valid driver’s license is required. The applicant must be comfortable with heights and working along tops of cliffs and rock outcrops. However, climbing skills are not necessary.
The expected duty station will be in or near Asheville, North Carolina, but other nearby locations may be considered. Housing is not provided. Office work will be conducted in your home.
This is a three month (mid-March to mid-June) temporary position. The technician can work up to 40 hours per week. Weather conditions that preclude field work may impact the total weekly hours. Non-field tasks will be assigned depending on availability, project need, and applicant’s skills. Pay: $12.50 - $15.05/hr. Pay Rate will be set commensurate with education and experience of candidate.
Work with the project biologist will be Monday-Friday. However, the applicant may work independently on any day of the week. The applicant should expect a variable schedule with occasional nights, weekends, and long hours required, depending on the nest site visited. Weather conditions greatly influence the technician’s field work schedule for this position.
An Associate’s degree in Wildlife Biology or related field is required; a Bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred. Desired qualifications include the following: the ability to correctly identify Western North Carolina birds, particularly raptors; experience observing raptor behavior, particularly peregrine falcon; experience monitoring raptor nests; experience using a spotting scope and binoculars; experience navigating with map and compass and using a GPS unit; proficiency in Microsoft Word; ability to enter data in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access; ability to make a map in ArcMap; ability to hike or backpack long distances on and off trail, often on rugged, steep slopes; ability to carry and/or lift heavy loads (at least 50 lbs.); familiarity with the Western North Carolina region. Prior experience working with peregrine falcons is preferred. Other skills considered a bonus include ability to identify Western North Carolina birds by sight and sound.
Good organizational skills, attention to detail, patience during long, slow hours observing a nest site, excellent verbal and written communications skills and personal motivation are a must. The successful applicant will be a team player, mature, trustworthy, and respectful of others. This position emphasizes field work and requires organized planning with respect to suitable weather conditions for nest monitoring.
Complete the PD-107 Application for Employment for the State of North Carolina and, if more space is needed, complete the PD-107A continuation sheet: (https://oshr.nc.gov/documents/nc-state-government-paper-application-employment-pd-107). Email a cover letter, resume or C.V., 3 references, and the completed PD-107 and PD-107A to:
Wildlife Diversity Biologist
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
In the subject line of the email, put: WNC avian tech
Applications must be received by 5 pm on February 1, 2020. Selected interviews will occur approximately 1-2 weeks later.