Avian Point Count Technician: Montana/SD/NE

Intermountain Bird Observatory / WWF
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$17.50 - $19.00/hour, DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
NEEDED IMMEDIATELY - GRASSLAND AVIAN SURVEY TECHNICIAN to help conduct breeding landbird point count surveys for a collaborative conservation program with World Wildlife Fund, and local ranchers across the Northern Great Plains region for World Wildlife Fund’s Northern Great Plains Sustainable Ranching Initiative (WWF-SRI https://www.worldwildlife.org/projects/sustainable-ranching-initiative). The Northern Great Plains (NGP) is one of the few intact temperate grasslands left in the world, and provides critical habitat for a cohort of bird species that have shown steep declines in recent years. Technicians will support a collaborative effort between Intermountain Bird Observatory, World Wildlife Fund, and local ranchers to collect breeding landbird data on program-enrolled ranchlands in Central/Eastern MT, South Dakota, and northern Nebraska. Data will inform WWF ecologists, and participating ranchers in grassland conservation practices that promote bird-friendly cattle ranching in the NGP. Duties consist of conducting standardized avian point count surveys, some vegetation/habitat assessment, and data entry. Technician must be in good physical condition, have some field experience with good navigation and communication skills, and be experienced with grassland avian ID. Need someone for short-term temporary work, to start immediately.
Qualifications include: • Ability to identify 80-100 grassland bird species by sound and sight • Ability to work independently • Ability to camp and work early hours, often without phone service or facilities, and change work sites on a daily basis. • Ability to navigate using maps and GPS units, and follow directions • Ability to safely drive rough and sometimes unmaintained roads using an AWD or 4WD vehicle • Strong physical and mental endurance for long days, with some extensive driving between surveys • Ability to be autonomous and problem-solve difficult situations • Ability to communicate professionally and respectively with local property owners • Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management. Detailed is a necessity. • Willingness, and ability to work safely in landscapes occupied by predators and other potential hazards • Strong interpersonal and professional skills for communicating and working effectively with program managers, private landowners, and fellow technicians.
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Jennifer Boisvert
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