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  1. Sierra Meadow Climate-Smart Conservation Internship Point Blue Conservation Science is seeking two interns interested in bird ecology, ecological restoration, and climate change to train as part of the next generation of climate-smart conservation scientists. These positions are based in the northern Sierra Nevada in Chester, CA. Duration: 2 May – 7 August, 2020 Job description and duties: This internship is focused on gaining practical knowledge of bird ecology in relation to climate-smart adaptation strategies and acquiring skills to implement, assess, and promote those strategies in montane meadow habitats. Training will focus on bird ecology and low-tech, process-based riparian restoration in montane meadow habitats. Here the intern will receive training on identifying, surveying, and nest searching for bird species that breed in montane meadows, as well as gain exposure to mist netting, bird banding, and our restoration and conservation partners. Interns completing our program leave with a comprehensive knowledge base, including the ability to design and implement conservation research and ensure data are incorporated effectively into data management systems and resource management planning efforts. Interns will complete a final project that synthesizes their new knowledge about climate-smart conservation. The interns will learn concepts and skills in the following areas: Field methods in ecological and conservation research with emphasis on nest searching, nest monitoring, territory mapping, and vegetation surveys Understanding the scientific process and the role of natural history observation in guiding meaningful research and conservation Critical thinking and evaluation of research and conservation Climate-smart conservation and restoration Skills in data management and data integrity Exposure to mist netting and banding songbirds Qualifications: A background in ecology, environmental studies, or related field (degree obtained or in-pursuit) Ability to navigate cross-country in wet meadow environments Be self-motivated and have a sense of humor Willingness to spend long hours in the field and office, 6 days a week Be able to work independently, as well as in groups Desire to improve upon professional skills needed to facilitate conservation action Position may require the use of a personal vehicle. If a personal vehicle is used, interns must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and agree to conducting a motor vehicle report. Interns will be reimbursed Federal rate of $0.58 per mile for using a personal vehicle for work. Proficient in the use of binoculars UPDATED Compensation: This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project (updated to $1,200 per month, gross). Communal housing is provided at our Sierra Nevada Field Station in Chester. To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) containing the following items: a letter of interest (describing why you’d like this internship, previous experience with field research, dates of availability, and whether or not you have a vehicle); a resume; and contact information for three references to BRENT CAMPOS (bcampos AT pointblue DOT org) and MAX “HB” BABER (mbaber-SEA AT pointblue DOT org). In the subject line type: Internship Application 2020. Only those qualified applicants who we desire to interview will be contacted. Qualified applicants will interviewed and hired as they are identified. Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.
  2. SIERRA NEVADA BIRD MONITORING One bird and vegetation survey technician position is available in the Sierra Nevada of California with Point Blue Conservation Science. Duration: 29 April through 2 August, 2019 (start and end date may be flexible DOE) Description: This program offers a unique opportunity to explore and observe birds in some of the most beautiful landscapes in California, across a wide range of habitats, while collecting data to guide management and restoration in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. Field work covers a vast profile of elevations in coniferous forest, aspen, oak, meadow, and chaparral habitats. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: Conducting multiple-species avian point counts, vegetation and habitat surveys, data entry, navigating cross-country in mountainous terrain and driving company-leased 4×4 vehicles. In addition to these duties, two positions will run and/or assist, DOE, with banding and extracting birds at two MAPS stations. Work weeks vary from 5-6 days and are typically 40-50 hours, but vary from 35-60 hours. Compensation: Technicians will earn an hourly wage of $13-14/hour DOE with overtime pay according to California State law, as well as housing at a value of $400-450/month. Housing locations are subject to change, but will likely be in the Lake Almanor or Placerville/South Lake Tahoe area. Work vehicles are provided. Qualifications: Previous experience point counting multiple bird species by sight and sound is required, preferably in the Western U.S. All candidates must have the ability to navigate cross-country in complex, steep, mountainous terrain with dense shrub cover. All successful candidates must be able to identify over 100 bird species by sight and sound following two weeks of training. We require self-motivation, enthusiasm for travel and camping, good sense of direction, the ability to cope with snow and inclement weather, willingness to spend long hours in the field observing birds 5-6 days/week and the ability to work well independently and in a group living situation. Most positions require significant driving between remote sites (up to 2-4 hours traveling per day for some positions) and front-country camping up to 5-6 days/week. Successful applicants will need a valid U.S. driver’s license and will be asked to provide information to verify their good driving record. Work vehicles are provided. To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous multiple species point count experience and experience working as part of a team, interest in this position, specific dates of availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to ALISSA FOGG (afogg AT pointblue DOT org). In the subject line type: Sierra Bird Crew 2019. Only those qualified applicants who we desire to interview will be contacted. Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified. Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process. Point Blue Sierra Nevada bird monitoring 2019 hiring notice.pdf
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