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  • Willamette Valley Avian Field Technician

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    • Employer: Ecostudes Institute
      Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/28/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    Title:                               Avian Field Technician

    Reports to:                     Director of Avian Conservation

    Location:                        Willamette Valley, Oregon

    Position:                        Seasonal, Full-time, non-exempt; benefits (vacation/sick leave)                                      

    Compensation:              $17.50-19.50 Hourly – Dependent on Experience

    Application deadline:    2/28/23; applications are reviewed as received



    Ecostudies Institute is a 501(c)(3) scientific non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of native species and their ecosystems. We achieve our mission through effective partnerships, sound scientific research, strategic land management and ecological restoration.  At the core of our mission is a cooperative conservation model that strives to realize improved conservation outcomes by developing shared goals and vision through partnerships.  These partnerships, in turn, encourage information transfer, advances in cutting edge restoration techniques, and the development of integrated range-wide conservation approaches. . The organization has offices based in Olympia, Washington and Eugene, Oregon, and currently employs over 35 permanent and seasonal staff.


    We are hiring one field technician from 5/1/2023 – 7/14/2023 to conduct point count surveys for streaked horned larks in the Willamette Valley, OR. Responsibilities for this position include evaluating habitat, conducting streaked horned lark surveys, data entry and management. Position is full-time, seasonal, and non-exempt. Dates may be adjusted depending on funding. Pay rate is $17.50-19.50/hr DOE, plus benefits (vacation and sick leave).  Personal vehicle usage for travel between survey sites is reimbursed at the federal rate.

    Successful applicants should have a keen interest in avian research and conservation, demonstrate excellent communication skills, and be able to work independently and in a team setting.  This position requires a sound work ethic, interpersonal skills, and positive attitude during long field days.  The Technician will need to effectively communicate with partners, volunteers and the public concerning specific work and the work of the Ecostudies Institute.


    -       Follow standardized protocol to conduct bird point count surveys

    -       Identify streaked horned larks and Oregon vesper sparrows by sight and sound and accurately estimate distances to birds

    -       Navigate to roadside point count locations using GPS and exercise reasonable caution surveying on active motorways

    -       Track birds with binoculars and/or spotting scope

    -       Meticulously record data on standardized datasheets

    -       Enter data into appropriate databases such as Access, Google Drive, etc.

    -       Operate equipment such as binoculars, spotting scope, GPS, anemometers, and data collection apps on mobile devices

    -       Conduct routine maintenance of all equipment used in implementing duties.

    -       Work collaboratively with property owners, state agencies, consultants, and other conservation organizations.

    -       Fulfill other duties as assigned.


    -       BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    -       Ability to identify grassland birds by sight and sound.

    -       Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems; ability to recognize plant and animal species as required.

    -       Ability to follow provided protocols and instructions from colleagues.

    -       Ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.

    -       Ability to work independently with limited supervision and demonstrate strong initiative in completing tasks.

    -       Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.

    -       Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.

    -       Must have access to a working vehicle that can be used to drive to and from work locations every day.

    -       Ability to make safe judgment decisions working on roads and in remote areas

    -       Exercise good judgment decisions regarding appropriate survey conditions


    -   Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers) and familiarity with ArcMap GIS and other database systems such as Access

    -   At least one season of experience with avian survey techniques such as point count surveys


    -       Daily travel around the Willamette Valley in personal vehicle navigating to GPS coordinates

    -       Surveys may be conducted in occasionally inclement weather

    -       Frequently communicates with others through emails, voice conversations, and meetings.

    -       Some weekends may be required dependent on weather conditions during the week

    -       Works alone with minimal supervision.


     -   Full vaccination for Covid-19 is required for employment at Ecostudies Institute.


    Qualified applicants should provide a detailed letter of interest, current résumé or curriculum vitae, and three professional references (names, affiliations, and contact information only).  Applications will be accepted until 28 February 2023 and reviewed as received.

    Email application as a single file to: Stephanie Augustine at saugustine@ecoinst.org, with Willamette Valley Avian Field Technician in the subject line. All applications will be acknowledged.


    For a description of all of our job openings, including other avian technician positions, please visit our webpage: https://www.ecoinst.org/about-us/work-with-us/

    Ecostudies Institute is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed by people assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. Ecostudies Institute management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

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