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  1. Avian Point-Count Technicians in Southwestern National Parks Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful national parks of the southern Colorado Plateau! We are looking for volunteer field technicians to conduct breeding bird point-count surveys as part of a long-term monitoring plan for the National Parks. PROJECT DATES (tentative): Early April – late June 2022 TRAINING: The field season will begin with a three-week intensive training period focusing on field safety and implementation of unlimited-radius point counts with distance sampling. Field crews should have a good knowledge of the songs and calls of southwestern birds before the training period begins. RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve conducting point count surveys on National Park Service land, including Grand Canyon NP, Mesa Verde NP, Petrified Forest NP, and Bandelier NM. Habitat types surveyed will range from desert scrub to montane conifer forest. On a typical day, surveyors will wake up before dawn and spend the morning conducting multi-species distance surveys (point counts) and rapid vegetation surveys at each survey site. The afternoon will then typically be spent traveling to, and scoping out, the next day’s surveys sites. Work will be physically demanding, sometimes involving several-mile hikes into survey sites and the occasional short (1-4 day) backpacking trips to access survey sites far from roads. Off-trail travel will be required at many survey sites. The typical work schedule will be 7-days on followed by 3-days off. REQUIREMENTS: Previous ecological fieldwork in rugged environments, prior birding experience, and/or familiarity with the songs and calls of southwestern birds are strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to learn more about avian natural history and the ecology of the Four Corners region. Survey work will be distributed across national parks in three states (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado) on the Colorado Plateau, requiring substantial car travel and willingness to lead a nomadic life for a few months. Technicians will be based out of the Flagstaff, Arizona area. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work traversing steep topography, long workdays that may begin well before dawn, both cold and hot weather, venomous snakes, occasional contact with bears, and less-than-glamorous housing. Successful candidates must be in excellent physical condition and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering (training provided). A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: Volunteer technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). COMPENSATION: These are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in the mountains. We will provide training, shared housing, and a per diem of $50 (amounts to approximately $1250 per month) to help with food and general living expenses. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org. IBP values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.
  2. SEASONAL BIOLOGIST – Avian Point Counts in Southwestern National Parks We have one opening for an experienced point counter during spring/summer 2021 on our Southern Colorado Plateau Network Avian Monitoring project. PROJECT DATES (tentative): Early April – Late June 2022. TRAINING: The field season will begin with a three-week training session in project protocols for conducting multi-species point counts, including estimating horizontal distance data, and conducting basic habitat assessments. Surveyors are required to already be able to identify southwestern birds by sight and sound and have conducted point counts; applicants with previous experience leading field crews and working in backcountry conditions will be strongly preferred. RESPONSIBILITIES: Working as part of a team of two, the biologist will visit and survey point count stations across a variety of habitat types on National Park Service lands throughout the Four Corners region. On a typical day, surveyors will wake up before dawn and spend the morning conducting multi-species distance surveys (point counts) and rapid vegetation surveys at each survey site. The afternoon will then typically be spent traveling to, and scoping out, the next day’s surveys sites. Work will be physically demanding, sometimes involving several-mile hikes into survey sites and the occasional short (1-4 day) backpacking trips to access survey sites far from roads. Off-trail travel will be required at many survey sites. The typical work schedule will be 7-days on followed by 3-days off. Additionally, the seasonal biologist will be tasked, in conjunction with IBP staff, with coordinating the work of 1-2 additional volunteer surveyors, including organizing survey logistics and scheduling and entry of point count data. REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for a candidate with prior birding experience and familiarity with the songs and calls of southwestern birds, ranging from desert scrubland to montane conifer forest. Prior point count experience is mandatory. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, a desire to learn more about avian natural history, and the ability to live and work with a diverse field crew. Crew members will be camping most nights in front-country campgrounds or in the backcountry on the occasional back-country trip. Survey work will be distributed across national parks in three states (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado) in the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau, requiring substantial car travel and willingness to lead a nomadic life for a few months. The biologist will be based out of the Flagstaff, Arizona area. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include (but are not limited to!) physically demanding work traversing steep topography, long workdays that may begin well before dawn, both cold and hot weather, venomous snakes, occasional contact with bears, and less-than-glamorous housing. Successful candidates must be in excellent physical condition and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering (training provided). EQUIPMENT: Biologist is expected to provide their own binoculars and camping/backpacking gear, including hiking boots, tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc. A personal automobile is a required for this position. COMPENSATION: Surveyors will be considered seasonal IBP staff and will receive payment of $2,800 per month (before payroll taxes) and project-related travel mileage and lodging and campground fee reimbursement, but no fringe benefits. In addition, campground fees will be reimbursed. MORE INFORMATION: For more information about this IBP program, please see our Southwest Science and Conservation Webpage. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org. IBP values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.
  3. BIOLOGIST – Avian Point Counts at Fort Bragg, North Carolina We have up to 2 openings for experienced avian point counters during spring/summer 2022 on our Fort Bragg, North Carolina Monitoring project. PROJECT DATES (tentative): Early May – Late June (tentative) TRAINING: The field season will begin with a training session in project protocols for conducting multi-species point counts. Surveyors are required to already be able to identify birds of the Southeastern U.S. birds by sight and sound, and applicants with previous point count experience will be strongly preferred. RESPONSIBILITIES: Working in a team of two, biologists will visit and survey areas around the Fort Bragg Military Installation. On a typical day, surveyors will wake up before dawn and spend the morning conducting multi-species point counts. The afternoons will then typically be spent entering data, or with free time. Work will be physically demanding, sometimes involving several-mile hikes. Off-trail travel will be required at many survey sites. The typical work schedule will be 5 days on and 2 days off. REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for candidates with prior birding experience and familiarity with the songs and calls of southeastern U.S. birds. Other requirements include the ability to work hard in an unsupervised environment, a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to learn more about the avifauna of the region. Crew members will be lodged in an AirBnB house near the base, in the town of Fayetteville, NC, a small city with many restaurants, stores and other amenities. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include (but are not limited to!) physically demanding work, long work days that may begin well before dawn, wet, cold weather, mosquitos, ticks, and possibly snakes. Successful candidates must be in excellent physical condition and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering with a hand-held GPS. EQUIPMENT: Biologists are expected to provide their own binoculars, hiking boots, raingear, day pack, etc. The crew will be provided with a 4WD rental vehicle, so the ability to drive a 4WD truck or small SUV is required. COMPENSATION: Surveyors will be considered INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS and will each receive payment of $4,500 upon completion of project transects. Contractors will not receive health insurance, worker’s compensation, or any other fringe benefits. It is strongly recommended that candidates have their own health insurance. MORE INFORMATION: For more information about this IBP program or this position, please contact Steven Albert, salbert AT birdpop DOT org. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of two references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required. IBP values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.
  4. Bird banding field technicians in Yosemite National Park, CA Enjoy a full summer of banding a diverse set of songbirds and near-passerines in Yosemite National Park as part of The Institute for Bird Populations’ Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding crew! PROJECT DATES: May 5 – August 8, 2022 TRAINING: The first two weeks of the field season will involve intensive training in the field and at camp on bird banding practices, including mist-netting, ageing and sexing, bird safety, and MAPS protocols. RESPONSIBILITIES: Field technicians will work in a team of four (including one biologist supervisor) for the duration of the season to operate seven mist-netting stations in Yosemite National Park. Work involves mist-net operation, bird handling, data collection, participation in public demonstration events at the banding station, and regular communication with a remote supervisor. Most field days begin before dawn and end in the early afternoon. REQUIREMENTS: Previous bird banding and wildlife biology experience is preferred, but is not required. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, pre-dawn waking hours, wet and cold weather, hot and dry weather, occasional contact with bears, and camping in Hodgdon Meadow Campground in a group campsite for the duration of the season. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: Field technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars, hiking boots, rubber boots, and camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). A full equipment list will be provided before the start of the season. COMPENSATION: These are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in the mountains. We will provide training, shared housing, and a per diem of $29 (amounts to approximately $2300 for the season) to help with food and general living expenses. TO APPLY: 1. Please download and read our 2022 MAPS volunteer info packet. 2. Then, email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references, all as a single attachment, to Lauren Helton, Biologist, at: lhelton AT birdpop DOT org. Please put Yosemite MAPS technician in the subject field. Application deadline: Open until filled. Application review will begin as applications are received. IBP values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.
  5. POSITION AVAILABLE: MAPS FIELD BIOLOGIST APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2020 or until filled UPDATE, JANUARY 13: The Yosemite MAPS Biologist position has been filled. The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) seeks three (3) field biologists for our summer 2020 Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) season. One biologist will serve as a crew leader to train and lead volunteers operating a network of mist-netting and banding stations in Yosemite National Park, California. Two additional MAPS biologist positions are available at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.The position extends from May 4 (Yosemite) or May 7 (Fort A.P. Hill) through August 8, 2020. Successful applicants should have previous experience with the MAPS protocol, be proficient at Western (Yosemite) or Eastern (Virginia) bird identification by sight and sound, and MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of landbirds in the hand. We recommend including the number and types of birds banded within the application. Applicants will be expected to use Peter Pyle’s Identification Guide to North American Birds (Part I) to identify plumages and molts of landbirds. Previous MAPS field technicians and crew leaders are especially encouraged to apply. Demonstrated leadership skills, attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions including ticks and mosquitoes are required. FOR YOSEMITE: The biologist will need to provide their own transportation to Yosemite, and a reliable vehicle is a must (trucks/SUVs not required). The Yosemite biologist will be living at Hodgdon Meadow Campground with the volunteers and will need to bring their own camping gear including a tent. IBP will provide a camping stove, propane, a large cooler, and a variety of other kitchen equipment.The Yosemite position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience leading field crews. FOR FORT A.P. HILL: The Fort A.P. Hill positions will not lead a crew of technicians but will work as a biologist pair. The biologists must provide their own transportation to the work site, but will be provided with a shared work vehicle and fuel reimbursements, and lodging at the army base once there. COMPENSATION: Biologists are expected to spend a minimum of 6 to 7 out of every 10 days in the field, contingent upon weather and logistical considerations. The Yosemite biologist will receive payment of $2,700 per month and project-related mileage reimbursement ($0.37/mile). At Fort A.P. Hill, one biologist will be selected as the field crew lead and will receive $2,700 per month while the non-lead biologist will receive $2,500 per month. Seasonal biologists do not receive additional fringe benefits. See below to apply. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references, by January 15, 2020, via email as a single attachment, to: Lauren Helton The Institute for Bird Populations Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: lhelton@birdpop.org Please put Yosemite MAPS biologist or Fort AP Hill MAPS biologist in the subject line. IBP values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.
  6. Spotted Owl Surveys in the Northern Sierra Nevada Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for volunteer field technicians to conduct surveys for California Spotted Owls. PROJECT DATES (tentative): April 15, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 TRAINING: The field season will begin with a week-long training period focusing on field safety and implementation of Spotted Owl survey protocols. RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for Spotted Owls on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be conducted at night and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Data entry will also be required. REQUIREMENTS: Previous ecological fieldwork in rugged environments is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to learn more about Spotted Owls and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, adapting to a largely nocturnal schedule, wet and cold weather, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: Volunteer technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, rain gear, etc.). COMPENSATION: These are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in the mountains. We will provide training, shared housing, and a per diem of $43 (amounts to approximately $1075 per month) to help with food and general living expenses. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
  7. Northern Goshawk Surveys in the Northern Sierra Nevada Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for volunteer field technicians to conduct surveys for Northern Goshawks. PROJECT DATES (tentative): June 5, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 TRAINING: The field season will begin with a week-long training period focusing on field safety and implementation of Spotted Owl survey protocols. RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for Northern Goshawks on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be off-trail in rugged terrain and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Data entry will also be required. REQUIREMENTS: Previous ecological fieldwork in rugged environments is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to learn more about Northern Goshawks and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, a great deal of off-trail hiking, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: Volunteer technicians are expected to provide their own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). COMPENSATION: These are volunteer positions. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in the mountains. We will provide training, shared housing, and a per diem of $43 (amounts to approximately $1075 per month) to help with food and general living expenses. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
  8. Crew Leader for Spotted Owl Surveys in the Northern Sierra Nevada Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for an experienced crew leader to supervise three volunteer field technicians conducting surveys for California Spotted Owls. PROJECT DATES (tentative): April 15, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve training and supervising a survey crew conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for California Spotted Owls on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be at night and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Closely coordinating all project activities with the Forest Service will also be required. Work will be moderately physically demanding, involving off-trail hiking and exposure to cold weather in the early season. REQUIREMENTS: Previous Spotted Owl survey experience is required; previous supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to teach volunteers about Spotted Owls and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, adapting to a largely nocturnal schedule, wet and cold weather, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: The crew leader is expected to provide her/his own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). COMPENSATION: This is an IBP seasonal staff position paying $3,000/month (before payroll taxes) but includes no fringe benefits. Free shared housing will also be provided. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
  9. Crew Leader for Northern Goshawk Surveys in the Northern Sierra Nevada Spend your summer doing field work in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains! We are looking for an experienced crew leader to supervise five volunteer field technicians conducting surveys for Northern Goshawks. PROJECT DATES (tentative): June 5, 2019 – Aug 15, 2019 RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary duties will involve training and supervising a survey crew conducting occupancy and reproduction surveys for Northern Goshawks on National Forest land. Much of the survey work will be off trail and will require frequent long drives and occasional car camping. Closely coordinating all project activities with the Forest Service will also be required. Work will be physically demanding, involving off-trail hiking and exposure to hot weather. REQUIREMENTS: Previous raptor survey experience is required; previous supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Other requirements include a sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to teach volunteers about Northern Goshawks and the Sierra Nevada. Survey work will occur primarily in the vicinity of Quincy, CA. A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These rigors include physically demanding work, hot and dry weather, mosquitoes, occasional contact with bears, and housing that may be rustic and/or somewhat crowded. A personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required. SCHEDULE: Typically 7 days on and 3 off. EQUIPMENT: The crew leader is expected to provide her/his own binoculars, hiking boots and camping gear for car camping (tent, sleeping bag, raingear, etc.). COMPENSATION: This is an IBP seasonal staff position paying $3,000/month (before payroll taxes) but includes no fringe benefits. Free shared housing will also be provided. TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at: mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
  10. POSITION AVAILABLE: VOLUNTEER TECHNICIAN, MAPS PROGRAM, MARIPOSA, CA APPLICATION DEADLINE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED We have one opening during spring/summer 2019 for a Volunteer Technician to help operate MAPS bird-banding stations in Mariposa County, CA PROJECT DATES: Approximately early June to early August (exact start date TBD) RESPONSIBILITIES: The Volunteer Technician will help run a series of 5-6 Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding stations along the Merced River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Yosemite National Park. The Volunteer Technician will be trained and supervised by an experienced Biologist. Housing will be provided in the town of Mariposa free of charge. Work schedule is somewhat flexible based on weather and other logistics, but workers will be expected to spend a minimum of 6 of every 10 days in the field. Work consists of rising well before dawn to reach the banding stations, operating them until approximately noon, and then planning for the next day’s work. Additional work in the afternoon will include data entry or other logistics related to the field work. REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Some experience in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of birds in the hand is highly desired. Attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions are required. In addition, most of the sites require a short river crossing in an inflatable kayak to ferry supplies and reach the site. Kayaking or other boating skills and knowledge of safe operation of river craft are highly desired. COMPENSATION: This position is a volunteer position. Compensation includes the valuable skills you will develop, the satisfaction of joining important bird conservation efforts, and the joy of working with fun-loving people in a fantastically beautiful environment. Additionally, we will provide a per diem of $43 (amounts to $1,075 per month) to help with food and general living expenses, mileage reimbursement for project-related travel, and free shared housing. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Lauren Helton The Institute for Bird Populations Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: lhelton@birdpop.org Please put Merced River MAPS Volunteer Technician in the subject line.
  11. We have one opening during summer 2019 for a MAPS bird-banding biologist in Mariposa County, CA PROJECT DATES: Approximately mid-June to early August (exact start date TBD) RESPONSIBILITIES: The biologist will run a series of 5-6 Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding stations along the Merced River in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Yosemite National Park. The biologist will work with and supervise a volunteer field technician. Housing will be provided in the town of Mariposa free of charge. Work schedule is somewhat flexible based on weather and other logistics, but workers will be expected to spend a minimum of 6 of every 10 days in the field. Work consists of rising well before dawn to reach the banding stations, operating them until approximately noon, and then planning for the next day's work. Additional work in the afternoon will include data entry or other logistics related to the field work. REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Successful applicants MUST have previous experience with the MAPS protocol, be proficient at Western U.S. bird identification, and MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of birds in the hand. Applicants will be expected to use Peter Pyle's Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part 1, to identify plumages and molts of landbirds. Attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions are required. In addition, most of the sites require a short river crossing in an inflatable kayak to ferry supplies and reach the site. Kayaking or other boating skills and knowledge of safe operation of river craft are highly desired. COMPENSATION: The biologist will be considered seasonal IBP staff and will receive payment of $2,400 per month (before payroll taxes) and project-related travel mileage reimbursement ($0.37/mile) if their own vehicle is utilized for project work, but no fringe benefits. Free housing will be provided. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Lauren Helton The Institute for Bird Populations Phone: (415) 663-1436 Email: lhelton@birdpop.org Please put Merced River MAPS Biologist in the subject line.
  12. We have two openings during spring/summer 2019 for a point count project at Fort AP Hill, Virginia. PROJECT DATES: Approximately late April – early June (exact start date TBD) RESPONSIBILITIES: The field season will begin with a short training session in visual and acoustic bird ID skills, point count techniques, and safety. On a typical day, working in a team of two, biologists will wake up before dawn drive and hike to a point count transect starting point, after which each biologist will conduct the point count in opposite directions of the same transect, meeting again at the starting point or the field vehicle. Point counts will generally conclude by about 11:00 am each day. Additional work will be spent entering data, planning for the next day’s work, etc. Work will be physically demanding, sometimes involving hiking several miles per day, and work in areas with ticks, mosquitoes, bears and other field hazards. Candidates must be in very good physical condition, and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering (training provided). REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Candidates MUST have previous experience conducting avian point counts, and be able to identify Southeastern U.S. birds by sight and (especially) by call and song. COMPENSATION: These positions are considered independent contractors, not IBP staff. Biologists will receive payment of $2,400 per month, but no fringe benefits. Free housing provided. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Mandy Holmgren The Institute for Bird Populations Email: mholmgren@birdpop.org Please put Fort AP Hill Point Count Position in the subject line.
  13. We have two openings during spring/summer 2019 for a point count project at Fort Bragg, NC PROJECT DATES: Approximately late April – early June (exact start date TBD) RESPONSIBILITIES: On a typical day, working in a team of two, biologists will wake up before dawn drive and hike to a point count transect starting point. Over the course of the next several hours, biologists will hike to points along a transect, recording all birds seen and heard. Point counts will generally conclude by about 11:00 am each day. Additional work will be spent entering data, planning for the next day’s work, etc. The work is physically demanding, sometimes involving hiking several miles per day, in areas with ticks, mosquitoes, bears, rattlesnakes, and other field hazards. Candidates must be in very good physical condition, and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering. Applicants must provide their own transportation to the work site at Fort AP Hill, Virginia, but will be provided with a work vehicle once there. Lodging will be provided free of charge. REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIENCE: Candidates MUST have previous experience conducting avian point counts, and be able to identify Southeastern U.S. birds by sight and (especially) by call and song. COMPENSATION: $2,400 per month plus free housing, but no fringe benefits. TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to: Mandy Holmgren The Institute for Bird Populations Email: mholmgren@birdpop.org Please put Fort Bragg Point Count Position in the subject line.
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