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    Guest NickBeauregard
    • Employer: Southern Sierra Research Station
      Location: AZ, NM, or TX
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is looking for approximately 20 full-time seasonal technicians to participate in a range-wide survey effort for the federally threatened western Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU), with approximately 13 positions in Arizona, 6 in New Mexico, and 1 in west Texas. Each technician will work independently conducting playback surveys at multiple field sites between June 15-July 31. Playback surveys begin at dawn and end by 11am, with additional duties including data submission/review, travel between sites, and coordinating with the field crew coordinator and project partners.

    The Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is looking for approximately 20 full-time seasonal technicians to participate in a range-wide survey effort for the federally threatened western Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU), with approximately 13 positions in Arizona, 6 in New Mexico, and 1 in west Texas. Each technician will work independently conducting playback surveys at multiple field sites between June 15-July 31. Playback surveys begin at dawn and end by 11am, with additional duties including data submission/review, travel between sites, and coordinating with the field crew coordinator and project partners.

    Pay is $2,200-$2,700/month DOE. Work schedule will be 5 days on, 2 days off. Applicants with reliable vehicles, high clearance/4x4 vehicles are preferred (mileage will be reimbursed), but rentals may be provided for individuals who are otherwise highly qualified. Housing is not provided and camping near field sites is encouraged, but a daily $100 per diem will be provided for each fieldwork day that can be used to cover hotel costs. Technicians will primarily work independently, but COVID precautions will be prioritized. All surveyors will receive USFWS-approved, yellow-billed cuckoo survey training prior to the start of the field season.

    Covid-19 Precautions: While this work will be conducted in relatively remote areas where potential exposure to the virus should be minimal, field staff will follow SSRS and state Covid safety protocols. It is the policy of SSRS that all employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 and are keeping up with all current CDC guidelines (boosters, masking protocols, etc). Proof of vaccination will be required when reporting to work. 

    Required Qualifications:

    • Training for all survey protocols will be provided, but a strong attention to detail, ability to follow established instructions/survey protocol, and prior bird identification skills are required. Applicants with prior experience conducting YBCU surveys will be given preference.

    • Previous experience using GPS units or GPS apps, and recording data in the field. Must be comfortable using electronic devices/smartphone apps (which will be used to play cuckoo calls to a Bluetooth speaker; navigate to survey points; and collect, submit and review field data)

    • Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and be able to traverse through rugged terrain, and wet overgrown areas. Applicants should also be comfortable with extended time working independently in remote areas.

    • The applicant is expected to take the Covid-19 pandemic seriously and adhere to SSRS's Covid protocol (e.g. vaccinations are required), to minimize potential exposure to the virus. • Must have a valid U.S. driver's license

    • Must be a U.S. citizen, possess a valid U.S. work visa, or are eligible for a CUSMA (formerly NAFTA) work permit (for Canadian and Mexican Citizens).

    Desirable Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, or a related field

    • Prior experience conducting western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys

    • Ability to identify other songbirds by sight and sound.

    • Prior season(s) of field experience, particularly in remote, mountainous areas and/or desert riparian areas

    • Previous experience conducting threatened/endangered species surveys

    • Basic knowledge of southwestern flora (tree/shrub ID) and/or experience with vegetation surveys

    • Previous experience navigating to remote field sites on rugged dirt roads and/or in areas without reliable cell service

    • Previous experience using ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Collector, or ArcGIS Field Maps

    • Camping or backpacking experience, particularly in remote off-trail areas

    • Enthusiasm for fieldwork, persistence, a great work ethic, and ability to deal with harsh field conditions are sometimes viewed as more important than past experience or specific knowledge.

    Application review will begin on March 1, 2022 and continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should email a single file (word or pdf) which includes 1) cover letter stating their interest in the position, dates of availability, 2) a resume, and 3) names and contact information (email and phone) of three references to the following email address: jobs.ssrs@gmail.com. Include your name and “_YBCU” in the file name of your attachment (e.g. Darwin_C_avian_technician_application.doc) and in your email subject line. The Southern Sierra Research Station (www.southernsierraresearch.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

     




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