Three crew leads are needed to oversee and undertake field work conducting surveys for California spotted owls and barred owls in the northern Sierra Nevada, California. The position begins late April to early May, and will last until late-August. Pay is $16.50-$18.50/hour depending on experience. All members of the crew will deploy and retrieve autonomous recording units (ARUs), enter and analyze acoustic data, and perform routine maintenance of field equipment.
A typical workweek is 35 hours. Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping is required during the week. Schedules will be irregular, but a typical week often consists of 2-3 days in the field, 1-2 days of office work and 2-3 days off. Much of the work will be solitary, but group work and cooperative living will also be required.
Crew leads will be responsible for overseeing and scheduling work for technicians. They will also be responsible for keeping track of maintenance issues and working with the project manager to share data with partner organizations.
The recent expansion of barred owls into the western US has had dramatic negative consequences for northern spotted owl populations. Barred owls are now increasing in abundance in the Sierra Nevada, the core range of the California spotted owl. This project will provide information vital to the successful management of both species at broad spatial scales in California.
- Must be physically capable of hiking moderate distances (typically under 0.25 mile) multiple times throughout the day. Additionally, must be capable of removing brush and other debris using hands and hand tools (provided)
- Must be able to drive highways and forest service roads, as well as hike off trail, alone, using a map and GPS (provided)
- Must be comfortable with the possibility of camping alone at night and having little to no interactions during the day for a few days at a time
- Must be able to follow detailed field protocols without supervision. Must have legible handwriting and able to enter data into computers without error
- Safe operation of a 4WD vehicle on unmaintained roads, and excellent judgement of when project protocols must be modified for safety reasons
- Basic first aid, ability to safely operate basic hand tools
- Hiring is contingent upon approval by the University of Wisconsin to drive a University vehicle
- Experience overseeing field crews an asset, but not required
Applicants should submit resume, cover letter and CV at https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/503995/wildlife-technician-crew-lead.
Questions can be referred to Kevin Kelly at kkelly29[AT]wisc.edu