Avian Technician: Nest Searching/Spot Mapping-Montana

University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab
Western Montana (Missoula)
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1-2 Songbird field technician(s) needed from early May through mid-July to study avian response to restoration in wooded draw and riparian habitats in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Technicians will primarily conduct nest searching and spot mapping efforts for five focal species, including Spotted Towhee, Lazuli Bunting, Gray Catbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, and Dusky Flycatcher. Extra duties may include nest camera monitoring, re-sighting color-banded birds, and/or assisting with target-netting efforts. This project is part of a larger restoration monitoring program located on a private ranch along the Bitterroot River. The work involves extensive daily hiking in rugged terrain, and keen observational skills to detect bird behavior. Position is based in Missoula, Montana (approx. 35 minutes from field site), and a work vehicle will be provided for daily transportation to/from field site. We will either provide housing or per diem (and you provide your own housing).
Ideal candidates must have solid experience with songbird nest-searching and monitoring. Please only apply if you have spent at least one season nest searching! Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience with our focal species. Applicants must be able to work alone, follow detailed protocols, collect data meticulously, and hike in uneven terrain. A valid driver’s license and a strong work ethic are required. To Apply: Please email a cover letter addressing qualifications specific to this position, resume, and contact information for 3 references as a single document to Tricia Rodriguez (email: tricia.rodriguez@mso.umt.edu). Positions open until filled.
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Tricia Rodriguez
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