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  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo Field Biologists (6) and Supervisors (2) – CA and AZ

    • Employer: Southern Sierra Research Station
      Location: Blythe, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/01/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job Description:

    Join us for an exciting summer on a long-term research project with the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, one of the most interesting and challenging birds in the Southwest. We are currently seeking 6 surveyors and 2 supervisors to join our team in conducting population monitoring of Yellow-billed Cuckoos on the lower Colorado River in AZ and CA. Surveyors must be available from June 1 (for training) until August 15.  Primary duties: conducting Yellow-billed Cuckoo call-playback surveys, resighting color-banded cuckoos, nest finding, and data entry. 

    Shared field housing is based in Blythe, CA, and per diem/hotels are provided for occasional overnight trips to other field locations. The position involves hiking off-trail while carrying moderately heavy packs. You must be able to tolerate adverse conditions including high temperatures, high humidity, standing water, and dense vegetation. You may encounter wild animals, snakes, and biting insects, including spiders and mosquitoes. All field work involves early morning rising, driving, and sometimes hiking in the dark. Applicants should feel comfortable working in remote locations, either alone or in teams. 

    Surveyors work 5 consecutive days followed by 2 days off. We work 6-8 hours in the field daily in temperatures ranging from 70–110 F. Data is collected in the field using smartphones and proofed upon returning to field housing. Field housing (usually with a private room) and work vehicles are provided. We cannot accommodate pets. All surveyors will receive USFWS-approved yellow-billed cuckoo survey training. 



    Field Biologist Applicants

    Required: Applicants must be enthusiastic and physically fit, have a solid work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent hearing and color vision. Previous avian field work (1 season), meticulous data collection skills, and attention to detail are expected. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a personal cell phone, and current First Aid/CPR Certification or complete a free course online (provided by SSRS) before the first day of work. If selected for hire, surveyors must provide a State driving record. Couples with field experience are encouraged to apply. Desired skills: conducting bird surveys, working with secretive birds, recording data using data collection apps, familiarity with ArcGIS, resighting color-bands, using scopes, and banding assistant experience. Starting salary: $2,000 per month and up DOE. 

    Supervisor Applicants

    Required: Same as above for surveyors, except 2-3 seasons of previous avian field work or supervisory experience. Experience managing data and familiarity with ArcGIS are essential. Desired Skills: Master’s degree, banding experience, nest checking/monitoring experience, or previous use of tablets and Collector for gathering field data. Salary will be $2,500 per month or more DOE. Supervisors may be required to work on off days or as needed but will only work 40 hrs per week. Supervisors must arrive by June 1 but may if desired start as early as May 15 and stay until August 20-30.


    How to Apply:

    Please send the following in a single document: 1.) a cover letter stating your relevant field experience, including dates of availability and which position(s) you are applying for  2.) a resume highlighting your qualifications 3.) the names, emails, and phone numbers for three references. Include your name in the email subject line and the file name of your cover letter/resume/references document. Email to Diane Tracy [EM: YBCUjobs2020@gmail.com] by May 1, 2020. We will review applications as received and begin hiring as suitable applicants are found. We are unable to hire non-US citizens without a current Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Please make sure your references are current and are able to comment on your outdoor or birding capabilities. The Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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