Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking several experienced field technicians to conduct point counts throughout the central plains and Rocky Mountains for the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. Techs will work within the geography of their crew (listed below) and will travel extensively throughout the season. Work will involve hiking off-trail before dawn, navigating rugged terrain, and primitive camping. Techs will have the opportunity to observe an impressive variety of bird species across many habitats, while experiencing spectacular scenery on public and private land.
Locations and start dates vary regionally as follows:
Southern Plains (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska) -- April 18 - July 1
Arizona/New Mexico -- April 24 - July 8
Colorado/Utah -- May 9 - July 15
Wyoming -- May 16 - July 22
Northern Plains (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska) -- May 16 - July 22
Training: The first week of the field season will be an intensive group training session covering bird identification, point count & vegetation data protocols, GPS navigation, and data entry. You must pass a bird identification quiz at the end of training.
● After training, you’ll work and travel solo for the duration of the season (with opportunities to meet up with the crew every few weeks)
● Conduct point counts each morning, then drive to a new survey location each afternoon
● Hike long distances off trail and car camp daily, often without cell service or facilities
● Backpack up to 10 miles into remote survey locations
● Give a courtesy call to landowners prior to surveying on private property
● Enter data, update timesheets and worklogs, and research how you’ll access survey locations
● Check in frequently with your Crew Leader and be available by email/phone
● Work ~ 40-45 hrs per week (overtime pay after 40 hrs)
● 10 days on//4 days off or 5 days on//2 days off (depending on your preference and weather)
● Most field days will begin before dawn and end in the early afternoon
Equipment: You’ll need to provide your own binoculars, laptop computer (with working battery), and camping/backpacking gear. You may drive your own 4WD/AWD vehicle (and receive mileage reimbursement) or we’ll provide a rental vehicle (with cost of gas reimbursement)
● Ability to identify all bird species by sight/sound in the study area
● You’re enthusiastic, physically fit, enjoy travel, and can work long hours in the field
● Willing to wake up before dawn, face hot/cold/rainy/windy weather, and encounter hazardous wildlife like rattlesnakes, bears, and moose.
● You don’t mind solitude and are independent, organized, and responsible
● You have a driver’s license, proof of insurance, and experience driving 4WD vehicles
● Must pass a background and DMV screening and comply with the organization's current COVID 19 policy
Desired additional experience:
● Experience camping, long distance hiking, and navigating off-trail
● Prior field work experience, especially conducting avian point counts
● Experience using a GPS and navigation apps (such as Avenza, GAIA, onX, or Caltopo)
● A 4WD/AWD personal vehicle is highly desirable but not strictly required
Bird Conservancy is hiring for positions in several study areas including Colorado, the Northern Great Plains, Southern Great Plains, Arizona/New Mexico, and Wyoming (see birdconservancy.org/careers). You can apply for multiple positions with a single application.
Email a cover letter, resume, and three references as a single PDF document to: IMBCRhiring@birdconservancy.org with “Last Name First Name IMBCR Technician” in the subject line and document file name. Please include in your cover letter:
● How you meet the qualifications (especially bird ID)
● Why you’re interested
● Which study areas you’d like to be considered for
● Where you saw the job posting
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Visit the IMBCR Webpage (birdconservancy.org/imbcr) or check out this blog post from a previous technician (birdconservancy.org/off-the-beaten-track).