Field Survey Technician – New York

Environmental Design & Research
New York
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Last Date to Apply
EDR is offering temporary employment opportunities (on a per-project or per-season basis) to qualified Field Survey Technicians to conduct avian surveys at proposed solar and wind energy project sites in New York State. Preference will be given to candidates with: (1) prior experience conducting avian surveys and/or bird-related scientific research in the northeastern U.S.; (2) knowledge of and experience identifying birds that occur within New York State by both sight and sound; (3) experience recording bird observations electronically and/or using bird-related mobile applications (e.g., Audubon Bird Guide, eBird, iNaturalist, FeederWatch, Merlin Bird ID); (4) experience identifying plant species and recording habitat/vegetation characteristics; (5) experience using other environmental data collection mobile applications; and (6) experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications. Founded in 1979, EDR is a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting and design firm with offices in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and staff based in remote locations across the U.S. EDR’s staff includes a diverse group of environmental professionals with expertise in ecology, wildlife biology, botany, wetland delineations, environmental impact analysis, GIS, and environmental permitting. The primary goal of our Environmental Group is to support the responsible development of renewable energy projects as a tangible means of addressing climate change. Come join our growing ecological services team, work on interesting and challenging projects, and collaborate with our talented group of professionals!
Qualified candidates must have: • a minimum of two (2) field seasons or one (1) year of experience conducting breeding bird, wintering raptor, or raptor migration surveys (in a professional or scientific research capacity); • a strong proficiency in bird identification, including rare species and raptors; • the ability to readily identify avian species that occur in New York State (or ability to quickly learn to identify such species); • the willingness to travel, including occasional overnights, to project sites located throughout New York State (though most survey locations are in western and central New York); • the ability to work long and/or atypical hours (i.e., into the late evening and beginning early in the morning); • the ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (e.g., cold, heat, wind, rain, snow, sun); • physical endurance to conduct avian field surveys in areas without road access; • independence and ability to conduct field surveys alone (following successful completion of training with a field supervisor); • good written and oral communication skills that allow for accurate, complete data recording and punctual delivery of progress updates to a field supervisor; • the ability to carry equipment (i.e., binoculars, spotting scope, mobile phone or tablet) while conducting fieldwork; • proficiency for reading, understanding, and navigating using maps; • the ability to fill out paper and electronic data sheets; • ability to record detailed spatial and behavioral information for birds observed during surveys; • attention to detail and ability to conduct quality control (QC) reviews of survey data to ensure accuracy and completeness; and • a bachelor’s degree in biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, environmental studies, natural resources, wildlife science, or a related field. To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to
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Tara Myles
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