Avian Point Count Technician: Arizona

Agency
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Location
Northern Arizona
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Website
http://www.birdconservancy.org/
Salary
$2,300 to $2,700 per month (DOE), reimbursement for project related and some recreational travel, and approximately $100 per week in camping and lodging reimbursement
Start Date
04/24/2017
Last Date to Apply
04/15/2017
Description
The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory) is seeking experienced field biologists to conduct point counts throughout Coconino and Kaibab National Forests in northern Arizona. The position will run from late April through late June, 2017. Successful candidates must be able to attend a mandatory paid training from April 24th through April 29th. For candidates interested in a longer period of employment, survey work may be available as late as late July in other study areas and data entry and proofing work will likely be available through August. Upon the successful completion of training, technicians will work independently conducting bird surveys. The work schedule is typically 10 days on and 4 days off; however, alternative schedules may be considered on a case by case basis. Technicians must be able to identify all bird species found in Northern Arizona by sight and sound upon completion of training, and should expect to hike long distances off-trail in steep and rugged terrain on a regular basis. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, and some overnight backcountry travel to survey remote road-less areas will be required. Completion of job duties may require long days in the field periodically. This position represents an excellent opportunity to explore some of the most wild and scenic places in the lower 48 states while advancing avian conservation at regional scales. Please visit http://www.rmbo.org/v3/OurWork/Science_/BirdPopulationMonitoring/IntegratedMonitoringinBCRs%28IMBCR%29.aspx for additional information.
Qualifications
Applicants should be enthusiastic, physically fit, enjoy travel, and be willing to work long hours in the field. The successful applicant will need to be comfortable hiking and surveying in areas with potentially hazardous wildlife including rattlesnakes, black bears, and mountain lions. The ability to identify landbird species that breed in northern Arizona by sight and sound is required. A valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, binoculars, camping gear, basic computer skills, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for conservation and conducting fieldwork are also necessary. Applicants should enjoy working independently and be a self-starter. Desired qualifications include prior experience conducting point count surveys, camping, long distance hiking, and navigating in the backcountry. Applicants with personal 4WD vehicles are encouraged to apply; however, the Bird Conservancy will rent vehicles for qualified applicants that do not possess 4WD vehicles if they are at least 21 years of age. To apply, please email a cover letter detailing your bird identification knowledge and dates of availability, a resume, and three references as a single document to: Chris White at chris.white@birdconservancy.org. Positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found.
Contact Person
Chris White
Contact Phone
970-482-1707 x24
Contact eMail
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