Barred Owl Research Assistant-California

Colorado State University
Salyer, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$13.94 - $14.87/hr
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (2) needed approximately 19 March - 31 August 2018 to monitor barred owls in association with a long-term population ecology study of the Northern Spotted Owl in northwest California. The pay rate is approximately $13.94 - $14.87/hr (depending on experience) based on a 40 hr work week. Free housing is provided at the Klamath Biological Research Station in Salyer, California. Duties: Performs the following and similar types of routine tasks to collect field data monitoring for barred owls: • Assist primarily in night-time surveys of barred owls. • Under the oversight of the Field Coordinators, collect field data on barred owl and northern spotted owls following specific study plans and established protocols. • Locates and identifies barred owls and northern spotted owls based on auditory and visual observations. • Navigate remote forest roads and terrain, primarily at night, using maps, compass, and handheld GPS units. • Operate a variety of field equipment necessary for performing biological studies and collecting field data, including 4-wheel drive vehicles, electronic broadcasting devices, compass, and handheld GPS units. • Communicate results and logistical details to the Field Coordinators in a clear and timely manner. • Enter data carefully onto field data forms and into a computer database.
Must be physically fit (i.e., able to walk long distances with a backpack in extremely steep terrain), take detailed field notes, be able to work as part of a crew and independently, have excellent hearing, be able to identify birds by color band, work at night off-trail (both as part of a crew and alone). Applicants are required to have a BS (or in progress) in wildlife, ecology, or related fields. Additional Information: The incumbent often works independently and primarily at night, but he/she is expected to work as part of a small team under the instruction of the Field Coordinators. Fieldwork may involve up to six months working in remote field locations. Fieldwork will include nighttime surveys of owls on mostly public lands, traversing mountainous terrain at night, and working under variable weather conditions. The work involves long hours spent standing, bending, walking, and a great amount of physical exertion. The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighing up to 35 pounds in the performance of the assignment. Work will be done in 6-10 hours per day; hours can include all times of day and evening, and will vary during the employment term with weather and field conditions. Secondary duties may include placement and maintenance of remote audio recorders for collection of owl vocalizations, road and trail maintenance, and assisting on spotted owl surveys as opportunity allows. Submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references as a single file to Angela Rex at Resumes will be reviewed in order of their receipt. Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe, productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all federal and Colorado laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements in all programs.
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