YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO TECHNICIAN (1) needed for a large-scale survey for Yellow-billed Cuckoos in eastern Idaho (mid-June to mid-August) with the Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) at Boise State University. There is also potential for the selected technician to conduct woodpecker surveys in the Boise National Forest for two weeks prior to the start of the cuckoo field season (~May 31st- June 14th) as part of a separate IBO project, depending on qualifications and availability. The western designated population segment of Yellow-billed Cuckoos is listed as Threatened under the ESA and we are contributing to range-wide surveys to better assess statewide status. Primary duties consist of standardized transect surveys, riparian vegetation assessment, and data entry using the USFWS Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey protocol. Technicians will conduct broadcast-call surveys for cuckoos along riparian corridors. Technicians will be required to record eBird checklists during all surveys on public land to increase knowledge of avian communities in riparian habitat in Idaho. Some surveys will be conducted by canoe/kayak, while others will be on foot. Attending a USFWS sanctioned Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey training is mandatory. Technicians who already have this training are strongly encouraged to apply, however IBO will provide training opportunities to technicians who lack a formal training. These are full time positions for the duration of the project (June-August). Hourly pay rate is $12.41/hr DOE (PLUS a $30/day per diem which amounts to an additional, non-taxable ~$1,000 over the season, not paid during data entry time). Technicians must have a valid driver's license and either use their personal 4WD, high-clearance vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the standard state rate) or IBO can provide a rental SUV. IBO conducts research and partners with numerous organizations and agencies world-wide. Please visit https://ibo.boisestate.edu/ to learn more about the work we do! We strongly encourage our technicians to expand their skill set via hands-on experience with other IBO projects.
Qualifications include: • Available to begin on May 31st (if participating on woodpecker project) or ~June 15th (tentative, for cuckoo project only) and attend mandatory two-day Yellow-billed Cuckoo training • Strong ability to focus and maintain attention and alertness during surveys (cuckoos may approach playback call silently) • Ability to identify Western birds by sight and by sound • Ability to work independently (alone ≥60% of the time) for the duration of the field season • Strong physical and mental endurance to complete 1 survey per day per 10-day hitch and work long days often in dense riparian vegetation • Ability to navigate off-trail, densely-vegetated riparian landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units • Willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators (bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes), other large animals (moose) and mosquitos • Ability to carefully navigate rough roads in a 4WD vehicle • Ability to kayak or canoe safely and comfortably • Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management • Strong interpersonal skills for communicating and working effectively with private landowners, fellow technicians, and program managers • Technicians must provide their own camping/backpacking gear.
To apply: email a single pdf document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, your resume, and three professional references to Stephanie Coates (firstname.lastname@example.org). The position will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.