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  1. Field technician needed for avian spot mapping, nest searching and monitoring, cowbird trapping and vegetation surveys in recently restored riparian areas of the Armargosa River in the Mojave Desert of California. Duration: early April through early-June 2021 (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 unique landscapes in North America in and around the Mojave Desert, while collecting data to guide management and gage bird response to riparian restoration. Field work focus on tributaries of the Amargosa River (near Shoshone and Tecopa CA) and local bird populations with emphasis on studying the breeding ecology of Least Bell’s Vireo. Training will be provided by experienced supervisor (< 10 years on project) during first 6 weeks of project. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: Conducting multiple-species avian surveys, spot mapping, nest searching and monitoring, cowbird trapping and vegetation and habitat surveys. Work weeks vary from 5-6 days and are typically 40-50 hours but vary from 35-60 hours. Compensation: Positions pay an hourly wage of $25 -$30 per hour DOE with overtime pay according to California State law. Housing and utilities are included in the town of Tecopa CA. A personal vehicle will be required to get to nearby study sites. Any required travel over 30 miles from provided housing will receive mileage compensation. Covid-19 precautions: We expect field technician to follow Point Blue safety protocols, including any local county and state mandates to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Hired applicants may be required to quarantine and have a negative COVID-19 test prior to start date. Qualifications: · Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biology, conservation, environmental studies or similar preferred. · Previous experience of careful observing bird behavior and bird identification is highly recommended, nest finding and spot mapping desired but will train. Most important is patience and careful and persistent observation to follow individuals and carefully locate well-hidden nests in dense cover. · All candidates must feel confident in their ability to hike and navigate in dense riparian vegetation. Exposure to biting insects (chiggers) is unavoidable and will require bathing immediately after field work. · We require self-motivation, enthusiasm for working in hot weather in remote location. The ability to cope with inclement weather, willingness to spend long hours in the field and carefully sleuthing individual birds 5-6 days/week. The ability to work independently is required. · Position requires driving (< 10 miles) to remote study sites from housing provided 5-6 days/week. · Successful applicants will need a valid U.S. driver’s license, at least two years of driving experience, and may be asked to provide information to verify their good driving record. To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous field work, specific dates of availability, a resume, and contact information for two references to Geoff Geupel (ggeupel@pointblue.org). In the subject line type: Armargosa 2022. A qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified. Position will remain open until filled. Point Blue is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from people with backgrounds that are under-represented in the conservation community. 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. Field technicians needed (2-3 positions total) for avian area search and vegetation surveys in the Mojave Desert of California with a focus on desert thrashers. Duration: Mid-February through late May 2022 (start and end date may be flexible) Description: Primary duties include but are not limited to: Conducting multiple-species avian area search surveys (with a focus on Bendire’s and LeConte’s Thrashers and Loggerhead Shrikes), vegetation and habitat surveys, data entry, navigating in remote area of the Mojave Desert, and driving 4×4 vehicles. Work weeks vary from 5-6 days and are typically 40-50 hours but vary from 35-60 hours. Compensation: Positions pay an hourly wage of $23-30/hour (depending on experience) with overtime pay according to California State law. Camping on site at multiple locations. Work vehicles, GPS, and some camping equipment provided. Covid-19 precautions: We expect all staff technicians to follow Point Blue safety protocols, including any local and state mandates to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Hired applicants may be required to quarantine and have a negative COVID-19 test prior to start date. Qualifications: · Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biology, conservation, environmental studies or similar preferred. · Previous experience identifying multiple bird species by sight and sound is required, preferably in the western desert regions. Training in bird and plant identification will be provided on-site. · All candidates must feel confident in their ability to hike long-distances (4-10 miles/day from predawn to noon) and navigate cross-country with a GPS in remote terrain often with spiny vegetation and venomous snakes. Snake gaiters provided. · All successful candidates must be able to identify common desert bird species including Bendire’s and LeConte’s Thrashers by sight and sound and common vegetation following 2-3 weeks of training. We will provide species lists, audio recordings, and links to learning resources before positions begin. · We require self-motivation, enthusiasm for travel and remote camping, good sense of direction, the ability to cope with hot and cold temperatures and high winds, willingness to spend long hours in the field observing birds and plants 5-6 days/week, and the ability to work well independently. · Positions require significant driving between remote sites (sometimes up to 2-6 hours traveling per day) and truck-camping up to 5-6 days/week. · Successful applicants will have a valid U.S. driver’s license, at least two years of driving experience, 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 field work with specific dates of availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to Jim Tietz (jtietz AT pointblue.org). In the subject line type: Mojave Crew 2022. Only those qualified applicants who we desire to interview will be contacted starting November 1. Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified. Point Blue is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from people with backgrounds that are under-represented in the conservation community. 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.
  3. VOLUNTEER BURROWING OWL RESEARCH ASSISTANT (1) needed for fall 2021 on Southeast Farallon Island (30 miles west of San Francisco). This volunteer opportunity is designed to allow an early career ecologist to gain valuable hands-on field research and remote living experience while contributing to long-term research on Burrowing Owl stop-over ecology. Volunteer RA will learn how to search for and monitor the arrival and stop-over ecology of Burrowing Owls by conducting roost surveys, target-netting, and banding. RA will also help out on other island surveys when time allows, which may include surveys for whales, white sharks, songbirds, pinnipeds, crickets, and salamanders. RA will also learn how to enter, proof, and manage data, contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the research station, and take turns cooking. RA will generally participate in field research 7 days a week, with a variable schedule that includes long days and frequent night work. Field work requires rigorous physical activity including strenuous hiking and climbing. Applicants should enjoy working independently with a high level of responsibility in field work and data entry as well as working frequently with a partner or team. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in biology or related field and experience handling birds, especially raptors. Enthusiasm for intense field work on a small, isolated island and the ability to get along well with others is essential. This position is from 24 September to 18 December 2021, with a two-week break possible in early November. This is a volunteer position with no financial compensation, though we do provide great food and island housing. A vaccination against Covid-19 is strongly encouraged. More information can be found at www.pointblue.org. Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, a resume, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 3 references to Jim Tietz (jtietz AT pointblue.org.).
  4. VOLUNTEER SONGBIRD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (5) needed for fall 2021 on Southeast Farallon Island (30 miles west of San Francisco). This volunteer opportunity is designed to allow early career ecologists to gain valuable hands-on field research and remote living experience while contributing to long-term research on songbird migration. Volunteer RAs will learn how to monitor the arrival and stop-over ecology of migrant birds by conducting area searches, mist-netting, and banding. RAs will also learn how to survey for migrant seabirds, gulls, white sharks, and whales which also visit the area around the Farallones during the Fall season, as well as occasional surveys for pinnipeds, crickets, and salamanders. RAs also learn how to enter, proof, and manage data, contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the research station, and take turns cooking. RAs generally participate in field research 7 days a week, with a variable schedule that includes long days and night work. Long term RAs will receive some break time off the island and/or occasional days off on the island. Some field work requires rigorous physical activity including strenuous hiking and climbing. Applicants should enjoy working independently with a high level of responsibility in field work and data entry as well as working frequently with a partner or team. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in biology or related field and proficiency in identifying North American birds. Enthusiasm for intense field work on a small, isolated island and the ability to get along well with others is essential. Positions are available 14 August through 4 December 2021 with a minimum 8-week commitment. This is a volunteer position with no financial compensation, though we do provide great food and island housing. Vaccinations against Covid-19 are strongly encouraged. More information can be found at www.pointblue.org. Please send a cover letter explaining interests and dates of availability, resume, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 3 references to Jim Tietz (jtietz AT pointblue.org).
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