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  • Wintering Grassland Raptor Survey Technician

    Guest Isabel Brofsky
    • Employer: TRC Companies Inc.
      Location: Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties, NY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 10/31/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    TRC is seeking two Avian Field Technicians to monitor wintering grassland raptors at various locations throughout New York State. This is a temporary role that is needed from November 15th through March 31st, with the potential to be extended through April 15th. 


    • Perform field observations/surveys. 
    • Surveys will focus on daytime driving surveys and evening visual scans from one or more stationary survey points following NYSDEC protocol for monitoring wintering grassland raptors. 
    • Surveys will be conducted entirely on privately-owned properties in grassland and agricultural settings. 
    • Communicate with private landowners. 
    • Abide by Company policies and procedures.
    • Other duties and special projects as assigned.


    • Qualified candidates will possess strong skills for identifying birds of the eastern United States by sight and sound, with a particular emphasis on identification of wintering raptors known to occur throughout New York State.  
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Will consider candidates currently enrolled in Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife Studies, or related programs. 
    • Avian monitoring experience (e.g. point counts, transect surveys, raptor migration monitoring, etc.) strongly preferred.
    • Successful applicants should have the ability to make detailed field observations, follow specific data collection protocols, and work independently, however training will be provided. 
    • Strong applicants will also have a passion for spending long hours in the field observing birds, be physically fit and capable of working in a field setting (hiking to survey locations, spend up to 2.5 hours at a time outside in below-freezing temperatures, snowy and/or wet conditions, etc.). 
    • The ability to communicate well with private landowners, navigate using GPS, and follow safety procedures is a must.  
    • Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and be comfortable with regular travel to/from field sites. Some overnight travel may be required. 
    • Applicants must be willing to temporarily relocate to the area adjacent to the field site and/or stay in hotels for several nights per/week during the field season. Per diem will be provided to compensate technicians for travel-associated expenses.  
    • Strong oral/written communication and organizational skills. 


    TRC is an equal opportunity employer: disability/veteran. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

    TRC offers advancement potential and a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401k plan with a company match. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.trccompanies.com/.




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