Corvus Ecological Consulting, LLC seeks a full-time field ornithologist to serve as an avian fatality surveyor on a utility-scale solar farm near Barstow, CA. Qualified candidate will have demonstrable experience with visual identification of Western U.S. bird species with preference given to those with field experience in the Mojave Desert region. The position will begin immediately and will continue until at least August 2018 with potential for extension beyond. Work is full time up to 10 hours/day for 4 days/week. An hourly wage will be dependent upon experience. Lodging will be provided.
Surveyors will work alone and must possess excellent observation skill and attention to detail. Work will require navigation and data collection using GPS and mobile data collections systems. A basic understanding of statistical sampling is a plus, but not required. This position requires successful completion of a project-specific training, including a field quiz and bird identification test.
We seek applicants with the following qualifications:
BS in Biology or related field
Minimum of 3 years experience in field ornithology
Ability to visually identify western bird species
Ability to work independently
Familiarity loading files, saving tracks and waypoints, and navigating using a GPS unit
Intermediate understanding of Microsoft Office Suite of programs
Comfort and familiarity with mobile phones and applications
Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
Willingness and ability to communicate and follow directions
The following qualifications are preferred, but not required:
Prior field experience on utility-scale solar farms
Prior experience with avian fatality monitoring
Knowledge of statistical sampling design and distance sampling
Advanced birding skills
Personal field equipment such as gps unit, binoculars, spotting scope, smartphone, laptop
This position comes with a competitive hourly rate and per diem stipend.
To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of 3 references with phone numbers and email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. References, cover letter, and résumé should specifically address the qualifications outlined in this announcement and the candidate’s experience with any or all of them. The preferred method of attachment is as a single document or a zip file of separate documents. Review of applications will take place immediately upon receipt and we hope to fill the position as soon as possible.