AVIAN POINT COUNT TECHNICIANS (2) needed for a study of breeding birds across Idaho (mid-May to mid-July) with Intermountain Bird Observatory at Boise State University. Primary duties consist of standardized point count surveys, vegetation surveys, and data entry using Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) protocol. Technicians will identify hundreds of bird species while traveling across a wide variety of habitats including, but not limited to grassland, sagebrush steppe, riparian, pinyon-juniper, montane forest, and alpine. These positions represent an excellent opportunity to explore some of the most wild and scenic places in the lower 48 states while advancing avian conservation at regional scale. Please visit http://www.rmbo.org/v3/OurWork/Science_/BirdPopulationMonitoring/IntegratedMonitoringinBCRs%28IMBCR%29.aspx for additional information.
• Ability to identify 200+ species of western birds by sight and PRIMARILY by sound
• Ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time), often in very remote areas, for the duration of the field season
• Strong physical and mental endurance, and willingness to work long days in the field for 10 days at a time
• Ability to navigate across rugged, steep, and densely vegetated landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units
• Willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators and venomous animals (bears, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes)
• Ability to carefully navigate rough roads in a 4WD vehicle
• Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management
• Strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate and work effectively with private landowners, fellow technicians and the program manager
• Technicians must provide their own backpacking/camping gear; multi-day, solo backpacking trips may be required
• Technicians must have a valid driver's license and either use their personal 4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the standard state rate) or a rental SUV provided by IBO
This is a full time position for the duration of the project (May-July). Hourly pay rate is $12-$14/hr DOE, plus a per diem of $30/day while working in the field. There may be opportunities during the field season for technicians to experience other IBO projects (Northern Goshawk surveys and banding, Long-billed Curlew nest searching and satellite transmitter deployment, hummingbird banding, woodpecker surveys, songbird banding, etc.).
Please email a single pdf document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, your dates of availability, your resume, and three professional references to Jeremy Halka (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include your name in the pdf file name and put “2017 IMBCR Tech” in the email subject line. Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.