Up to ten field technicians are needed to undertake field work for bioacoustics research projects throughout National Forests in the Sierra Nevada region in California. This monitoring program uses autonomous recording units (ARUs) to survey for avifauna and provide information for several research and management programs studying forest owls and songbirds.
This multi-year research project focuses largely on the distribution of California spotted owls and the invasive barred owl, in order to provide information vital to the successful management of both species at broad spatial scales in the Sierra Nevada. Additional research is being conducted on the distributions of forest owls and songbirds across the range.
Start and end dates for this position are dependent on snowpack, but the season will likely run mid-April to late-July. Target start date of April 18, with the end date in mid-late July. Pay is $16-$18/hour depending on experience, plus per diem (up to $200/week) when fieldwork requires overnight camping.
A typical workweek is 40 hours, generally 4 days a week. Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping of several nights/week is required. Schedules will be irregular and will include a combination of field and office work. Field work consists of deploying and retrieving autonomous recording units throughout National Forest land. Most sites will be reached by vehicle via forest roads, but some technician positions will involve hiking to reach field sites. Office work can include, but is not limited to, data entry, downloading and managing acoustic data, and prepping and troubleshooting equipment. Other duties may include clearing roads of debris, and vehicle maintenance. Much of the work will be solitary, but group work and cooperative living will also be required. Technicians must be respectful of others as well as work and live together cooperatively.
Ideal applicants will have experience working in remote conditions; working solo in the field for days at a time; and driving 4wd vehicles on unmaintained, back country roads. Chainsaw certification is a plus.
For more information and to apply please visit: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/511427/wildlife-technician-acousticspeery-lab
The application deadline is 1 Feb, 2022, however we will review applicants and conduct interviews on a rolling basis