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Breeding Bird Survey Technician: Utah
Utah Division of Wildlife Reso
Cedar City, Utah
Last Date to Apply
Successful applicant will conduct surveys for pinyon jay nesting colonies and passerine bird point counts across Mojave Desert, southern Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau regions of southwest Utah. Duties will include: locating and traveling to predetermined survey sites; recording presence of all bird species encountered, both visually and audibly; determining distance from observer; making basic vegetation/habitat assessments; securing permission for access from landowners; proper and detailed recording and reporting of data.
Field duties will require extensive travel by vehicle and on foot in various terrains, elevations and weather conditions – usually alone. Long and varied hours, beginning before sunrise, should be expected. Overnight camping will be required in most instances. Work schedules may result in greater than 40 hours worked per week.
Any successful applicant from out of state will be required to quarantine for two weeks on arriving in Utah.
Applicants should possess relevant education/experience in wildlife biology or a closely related field. Experience with bird identification by eye and ear is required. Experience with western bird species is preferred. Applicants must be proficient in data collection, data management and data entry techniques. Must be able to read and interpret all types of maps with accuracy and use hand-held GPS equipment. Proficiency with four-wheel drive vehicles is advantageous.
Standard protocols are in effect and must be followed. Equipment needed to accomplish required tasks will be provided.