Avian Monitoring Crew Lead (1) and Technicians (3) – California

Conservation Farms and Ranches
Galt and Chico, California
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
DOE; housing provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
To help meet the long-term objective of having 1,000,000 acres of bird-friendly agriculture supported in California, Conservation Farms and Ranches (an affiliate of The Nature Conservancy [TNC]) is implementing and testing various compatible agricultural practices. The Avian Monitoring Lead and Technicians will collect data to help quantifying the biological value of these practices on private land as well as property owned by (TNC). Essential functions may include the following:
• Set up fields for monitoring. Includes wading into flooded areas and pounding in depth stakes.
• Conduct visual surveys of birds, focusing on western waterbirds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and long-legged waders.
• Conduct visual surveys of pertinent habitat features at survey sites.
• Set up plots and sampling waste grain in agricultural fields as a measure of waterbird food availability.

• Communicate with rural landowners and/or farm managers.
• Enter data into digital format.
• Possible overnight travel to other field sites in California.
• Possible assistance with preserve management tasks.
• Living at TNC-owned field house is required for Galt positions.

The Avian Monitoring Crew Lead and Technicians may work independently in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances

*Lead position (Aug-Apr; 9 mos), technician positions (staggered start, Sept-Mar; 6 mos)
*Lead and two technicians will be based in Galt, one technician will be based in Chico
• Associate’s degree in natural resources, environmental studies, or similar, or equivalent combination of education and 6 months of experience.
• Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
• Experience performing administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented and numerical tasks.
• Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite software and Web browsers.
• Experience working and communicating with a diverse group of people.
• Possession of a driver’s license valid in California.

• Expertise in identifying western waterbirds (including small difficult to distinguish shorebirds) to species, by sight, and potentially sound, in the field.
• Experience conducting avian surveys with binoculars and spotting scopes (skill in counting birds in large flocks).
• Experience interacting with rural landowners.
• Experience using databases, particularly Microsoft Access
• Experience driving 4x4 vehicles off-road, towing trailers, and handling ATVs.

Submit a cover letter and resume with references to cfrconservation@gmail.com, with “Applicant” in the subject line, by July 21, 2017, at the latest. Applicants may simultaneously apply one or both positions. The crew lead position will be filled by August.
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Conservation Program Manager
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