Avian Point Count Technician: California

UC Berkeley
San Bernardino and Warner Mountains, CA
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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One avian point count field technician (1) is needed from approximately May 1 to July 28 2017 (exact start date negotiable) to assist with a project studying the impacts of climate and land-use change on breeding bird distributions over the last 100 years. Survey sites include both natural and human-altered lands. Technician will spend 1.5 months in the San Bernardino Mountains near Los Angeles and one month in the Warner Mountains on the Modoc Plateau. Duties will include: (i) conducting point counts along 2 km transects (accessed by road and/or on foot by trail); and (ii) surveying for habitat characteristics. Technician will be paid a monthly stipend of approximately $2700 and food/lodging will be covered while in the field.
Technicians must have excellent eyesight and hearing and be able to identify western birds by sight and call/song. In addition, applicants must be able to navigate roads with maps to find sites, maintain accurate records of each visit, and enjoy working outdoors. All applicants must have a personal vehicle that can be used to reach survey sites (mileage will be reimbursed), as well as a valid driver's license and clean driving record. Ideal candidates will: (i) be experienced in avian point count survey techniques and be able to identify birds of California by sight and sound OR be experienced in bird identification and willing to put in additional effort to learn local bird species; (ii) be well-organized and self-motivated with a record of being able to conduct fieldwork independently; (iii) be able to walk long distances over rugged or paved terrain; (iv) have the ability to interface with the public when necessary; (v) have some experience with plant identification, preferably western plants; and (vi) be able to provide their own basic camping equipment.

Position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is found. To apply please send as one document: (i) cover letter detailing your interest in the position and relevant experience, (ii) resume, and (iii) contact information (email and phone numbers) for three references by email to SARAH MACLEAN, PhD student (Email: maclean@berkeley.edu) in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California–Berkeley.
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