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  1. Description: The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) is hiring two experienced songbird technicians to conduct point count surveys to assess songbird community response to conifer woodland removal projects in high-elevation sagebrush habitats of southwestern Montana. Duties include: conducting point counts, habitat sampling, and data entry. The study area lies from 7,000’ -8,000’ elevation and involves travel by 4WD and possibly ATV on rough two-track roads and off-trail hiking up to several miles in steep mountainous terrain to access field sites. This project is located in some of the wildest and most scenic montane landscapes in the region, and contributes to a large conservation effort involving many partners and organizations. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: http://hs.umt.edu/birdecologylab/ The field season extends from mid-May to end of July (exact start date TBD). Monthly salary of $2,340-$2,600, depending on experience. Shared housing will be available, but some primitive camping without phone service or facilities will also be required. Reimbursements for project-related travel and camping expenses will be provided. Qualifications: Previous experience conducting point counts, and ability to identify western bird species by sight and sound are required. Applicants with previous experience in sagebrush systems preferred. This is physically demanding work that requires daily hiking in steep terrain, working alone in remote areas, and excellent navigational skills. Applicants must be self-motivated, have experience implementing field work independently under changing field conditions, and possess strong organizational skills. A valid driver’s license is required. To Apply: Please email a cover letter addressing qualifications specific to this position, a resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single document to Tricia Rodriguez, Biologist,to: tricia.rodriguez@mso.umt.edu. Positions are open until filled.
  2. Description The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab is hiring two experienced songbird technicians to assist with a long-term study of avian response to habitat restoration in wooded draws of western Montana. Located on a large conservation property in the Bitterroot Valley 45 minutes south of Missoula, this position is an exciting opportunity to participate in a unique multi-disciplinary research and outreach program designed to guide restoration and management of private lands for wildlife. Primary duties will include: locating and monitoring songbird nests of five focal species, setting up and maintaining nest cameras, mapping focal bird locations and behaviors using a touch-screen device, and measuring vegetation. Work will entail extensive daily hiking in rugged terrain, and requires keen observational skills to detect bird behavior. Interested technicians will have opportunities to participate in other research and outreach, and we especially encourage those interested in photography and writing to apply. To learn more about our work and programs visit: http://hs.umt.edu/birdecologylab/ Work will begin in early May and continue through July 2019, with some flexibility for start/end date. Salary is $1,900-$2,253/month depending on experience. We will provide shared housing or a lodging reimbursement up to $500/mo. Qualifications All applicants should have at least one season of nest searching experience. Previous experience with western songbirds, setting up nest cameras, and spot-map surveying is preferred. Applicants must be physically capable of hiking several miles a day, passionate about songbird behavior and ecology, and willing to work alone in challenging field conditions. Valid driver’s license required. To Apply: Please email a cover letter addressing qualifications specific to this position, resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single document to Tricia Rodriguez, Biologist, at: tricia.rodriguez@mso.umt.edu. Positions open until filled.
  3. Description: The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) seeks two experienced songbird technicians to conduct point count surveys in riparian habitats on the Madison and Missouri Rivers in Montana as part of a long-term study of bird populations and habitat change in large river systems. Technicians will paddle and hike to access floodplain sites along 500 miles of river. Duties include: contacting private landowners for access, conducting point counts and habitat sampling, and data entry. Primitive camping and multi-day river pack trips required. These positions offer an incredible opportunity to explore Montana’s wild and scenic rivers including the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, while contributing to conservation of riparian bird populations. Work will begin mid-May through end of July (exact start date TBD). Standard work schedule will be 10 days on and 4 days off. Monthly salary of $2,427-$2,600, depending on experience. Reimbursement for project-related travel ($0.56/mile) if personal vehicle is used for work, plus ~$500 per month in camping and lodging reimbursements will be provided. Qualifications: Previous experience conducting point counts, and ability to identify western bird species by sight and sound are required. Applicants should have a strong background in fieldwork, and ability to work independently to plan and implement daily field activities. Experience paddling canoes or kayaks, navigating using map and compass, and camping in backcountry preferred. All applicants must be physically capable of paddling 10+ miles and hiking several miles a day, and willing to work long hours in the field. A valid driver’s license, binoculars, camping gear, and a strong work ethic are required. To Apply: Please email a cover letter addressing qualifications specific to this position, a resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single document to Tricia Rodriguez, Biologist, at: tricia.rodriguez@mso.umt.edu. Positions open until filled.
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