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  1. Title: Sprague’s pipit monitoring technician (1-2) FLSA Status: Exempt Reports to: Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, Avian Ecologist Location: Western North Dakota Salary: ~2300/mo + housing Duration: 2-2.5 months (seasonal) Start date: May 1st, 2019 (approximate) About the Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: www.birdconservancy.org Project overview Grassland songbird populations, including migratory species breeding in the mixed-grass prairies of the northern Great Plains, are among the most rapidly declining guilds in North America. This project seeks to determine basic demographic rates of grassland-nesting songbirds on their breeding grounds. Now in our final year, we will focus solely on the adult survival of Sprague’s pipit via capture and radio telemetry marking during the 2019 season. Check out our blog to lean about this study area and our past work in it: https://birdconservancy.org/a-bairds-life/ Job duties and responsibilities The technician will participate in research activities including target netting, transmitter attachment, and daily telemetry tracking of adult Sprague’s pipit (40%), vegetation surveys (30%), data entry and proofing (20%), and other duties as needed (10%). Work will be conducted often starting before dawn, 6 days a week, often in extreme conditions (relentless wind, extreme heat and cold swings, mosquitos). The technician will also need to carefully follow protocols, and interact positively with leaseholders, locals, and possibly agency employees. Technician must be capable of driving on rough roads and dealing with mud, as well as working around cattle and navigating barbed-wire fencing. Desired qualifications The applicant should have strong experience conducting avian fieldwork. Preference will be given to applicants that have demonstrated experience target netting, extracting songbirds, and attaching auxiliary markers to songbirds. Experience with radio telemetry and grasslands songbirds is also a plus. All applicants should have a full season of experience in ecological fieldwork that is not class related. All applicants must be physically capable of hiking several miles a day carrying a 40 lb pack, able to use basic gear like gps units and compasses, capable of maintaining a positive disposition in extreme conditions, possess or be able to obtain basic first aid certification, and be legally able to work in the United States. To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references in a single PDF, with position title indicated in subject line, to Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, jacy.bernath-plaisted@birdconservancy.org. NGP_2019_tech_ad.pdf
  2. Title: Sprague’s pipit monitoring and drone technician (1) FLSA Status: Exempt Reports to: Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, Avian Ecologist Location: Western North Dakota Salary: ~2000-2300/mo DOE + housing Duration: ~2.5 months (seasonal) Start date: May 1st, 2019 (approximate) About the Organization Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: www.birdconservancy.org Project overview Grassland songbird populations, including migratory species breeding in the mixed-grass prairies of the northern Great Plains, are among the most rapidly declining guilds in North America. This project seeks to determine basic demographic rates of grassland-nesting songbirds on their breeding grounds. Now in our final year, we will focus solely on the adult survival of Sprague’s pipit via capture and radio telemetry marking during the 2019 season. Check out our blog to lean about this study area and our past work in it: https://birdconservancy.org/a-bairds-life/ Job duties and responsibilities The technician will participate in research activities, along with another avian technician, including target netting, transmitter attachment, and daily telemetry tracking of adult Sprague’s pipit (30%), vegetation surveys (20%), data entry and proofing (10%), and other duties as needed (10%). In addition to these duties, the technician will collect remote sensing imagery 1-2 times a month using a fixed wing-drone, and may spend additional time trouble-shooting and maintaining drone, associated software, and imagery data (30%). Work will be conducted often starting before dawn, 6 days a week, often in extreme conditions (relentless wind, extreme heat and cold swings, mosquitoes). The technician will also need to carefully follow protocols, and interact positively with leaseholders, locals, and possibly agency employees. Technician must be capable of driving on rough roads and dealing with mud, as well as working around cattle and navigating barbed-wire fencing. Desired qualifications The applicant should have strong experience conducting avian fieldwork and some experience using drones (either hobbyist or professional). Preference will be given to applicants holding an FAA Part 107 Drone license. If you do not hold one, but are willing to obtain one prior to the season, Bird Conservancy will cover the cost. All applicants must be physically capable of hiking several miles a day carrying a 40 lb pack, able to use basic gear like gps units and compasses, capable of maintaining a positive disposition in extreme conditions, possess or be able to obtain basic first aid certification, and be legally able to work in the United States. To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references in a single PDF, with position title indicated in subject line, to Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, jacy.bernath-plaisted@birdconservancy.org. NGP_2019_drone_tech_ad.pdf
  3. Title: Sprague’s pipit monitoring technician (1-2) FLSA Status: Exempt Reports to: Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, Avian Ecologist Location: Western North Dakota Salary: ~2000/mo + housing Duration: ~2.5 months (seasonal) Start date: May 1st, 2019 (approximate) About the Organization Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: www.birdconservancy.org Project overview Grassland songbird populations, including migratory species breeding in the mixed-grass prairies of the northern Great Plains, are among the most rapidly declining guilds in North America. This project seeks to determine basic demographic rates of grassland-nesting songbirds on their breeding grounds. Now in our final year, we will focus solely on the adult survival of Sprague’s pipit via capture and radio telemetry marking during the 2019 season. Check out our blog to lean about this study area and our past work in it: https://birdconservancy.org/a-bairds-life/ Job duties and responsibilities The technician will participate in research activities including target netting, transmitter attachment, and daily telemetry tracking of adult Sprague’s pipit (40%), vegetation surveys (30%), data entry and proofing (20%), and other duties as needed (10%). Work will be conducted often starting before dawn, 6 days a week, often in extreme conditions (relentless wind, extreme heat and cold swings, mosquitos). The technician will also need to carefully follow protocols, and interact positively with leaseholders, locals, and possibly agency employees. Technician must be capable of driving on rough roads and dealing with mud, as well as working around cattle and navigating barbed-wire fencing. Desired qualifications The applicant should have strong experience conducting avian fieldwork. Preference will be given to applicants that have demonstrated experience target netting, extracting songbirds, and attaching auxiliary markers to songbirds. Experience with radio telemetry and grasslands songbirds is also a plus. All applicants should have a full season of experience in ecological fieldwork that is not class related. All applicants must be physically capable of hiking several miles a day carrying a 40 lb pack, able to use basic gear like gps units and compasses, capable of maintaining a positive disposition in extreme conditions, possess or be able to obtain basic first aid certification, and be legally able to work in the United States. To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references in a single PDF, with position title indicated in subject line, to Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, jacy.bernath-plaisted@birdconservancy.org. NGP_2019_tech_ad.pdf
  4. Position: Grassland songbird monitoring interns Organization: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Location: Western North Dakota (3-4) and eastern Montana (2) Compensation: 700/mo living stipend + housing Duration: 3 months (seasonal) Start date: May 7, 2018 (approximate) About the organization Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Project overview Grassland songbird populations, including migratory species breeding in the mixed-grass prairies of the northern Great Plains, are among the most rapidly declining guilds in North America. This project seeks to determine basic demographic rates of grassland-nesting songbirds on their breeding grounds, including nest success and productivity, adult and juvenile survival, and effects of habitat and climate on these rates. Focal species include Baird’s sparrow, grasshopper sparrow, chestnut-collared longspur, and Sprague’s pipit. Check out our blog for more information: https://birdconservancy.org/a-bairds-life/ Intern responsibilities Interns will participate in a demographic study of grassland-nesting songbirds in northeastern Montana and western North Dakota. Interns will work alongside professional seasonal technicians and permanent BCR staff to conduct a wide range of research activities intended to monitor nesting success, adult and juvenile survival, and habitat characteristics. Applicants must be able to walk long distances carrying field equipment, and be able to work long days that begin pre-dawn. Applicants must also be comfortable working independently in the field (after receiving training). Skills intern will gain Interns will gain hands on training and experience in a range of avian research methods including but not limited to: radio telemetry tracking, nest-searching and monitoring, vegetation sampling, and bird and nest identification. Interns will also learn to carefully follow scientific protocols, and to accurately record and enter data. Desired qualifications: • Hold or be pursuing B.S. degree in biology, ecology, wildlife management or related field • A demonstrated interest in wildlife, conservation, and the outdoors • Candidates with previous ecological field experience will be given preference • Diligence in recording all data collected • Strong work ethic and enthusiasm while in the field • Top notch sense of humor • Possess or be able to obtain basic first aid certification • Must have the ability to share living quarters with others • Valid driver’s license with proof of auto insurance To apply Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references in a single PDF document to jacy.bernath-plaisted@birdconservancy.org. Applicants will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Indicate the position title you are applying for in the subject line (e.g. NGP internship). Interviews will likely begin in mid-February.
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