Game Bird Technician — Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia

West Virginia University/U.S. Forest Service
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
~$2,000 total. Free housing and a field vehicle provided.
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Seeking two highly motivated game bird technicians to assist with game bird surveys from April 12 to May 16. The data will be collected as part of research on avian use of wildlife openings in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Fieldwork entails deploying audio recording units (ARUs) and game cameras, conducting evening surveys for American woodcock, and conducting morning drumming/gobbling surveys for ruffed grouse and wild turkey. All survey protocols will be reviewed before conducting the surveys, but the most competitive field technicians would have prior experience with deploying ARUs or game cameras. Additional work will include data entry and data proofing. Both technicians will be working closely with each other and the supervisor, Hannah Clipp, to access field site locations, but actual bird surveys will be conducted alone. Each technician should expect to work ~6–8 hours per day, with some longer or shorter days as needed; because we are counting birds, field days will start early (before sunrise) and will involve work on weekends, with days off during inclement weather. Free housing and a field vehicle will be provided. Field technicians should expect rugged housing accommodations (just the basics, Internet not guaranteed), ranging from bunkhouses and cabins to campgrounds. First aid/CPR training and driver safety training will also be provided at no cost to the field technicians.
1. Previous fieldwork or extensive outdoor experience 2. Earned (or are working towards) a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, natural resources, or a similar field 3. Available for full-time work starting on April 12 4. Ability to navigate in the field and deal with challenging, difficult terrain (e.g., steep slopes, thick vegetation) 5. Comfortable working alone in a remote outdoor setting 6. Ability and willingness to work individually and in a multi-person team during early morning and late evening fieldwork 7. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record 8. Willingness to be flexible and adapt to any scheduling or housing changes due to unpredictable COVID-19 developments or restrictions To apply, please email a cover letter (no page limit), resume/CV (no page limit), and contact information for 3 references to Hannah Clipp at, with the subject line: “Game Bird Technician”. In your cover letter, please mention any previous field technician experience, as well as experiences regarding camping/backpacking, dealing with rugged field conditions, and/or navigating and working alone in remote areas. For references, please list the person’s title/position and/or relationship to you (e.g., crew leader, supervisor, ornithology professor). At least one of the references should be able to speak to any previous field technician experience (previous supervisors/crew leaders preferred). For those without previous technician experience, please include references who can speak to your outdoor experiences (rather than classroom/academic performance). Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Contact Person
Hannah Clipp
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