Multi-species Point Counts at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
The Institute for Bird Populations
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA
COMPENSATION: Surveyors will be considered INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS and will each receive payment of $4,500 upon completion of project transects. Contractors will not receive health insurance, worker’s compensation, or any other fringe benefits. It is strongly recommended that candidates have their own health insurance.
We have up to 2 openings for experienced avian point counters during
spring/summer 2022 on our Fort Bragg, North Carolina Monitoring project.
PROJECT DATES (tentative): Early May – Late June (tentative)
TRAINING: The field season will begin with a training session in project protocols
for conducting multi-species point counts. Surveyors are required to already be
able to identify birds of the Southeastern U.S. birds by sight and sound, and
applicants with previous point count experience will be strongly preferred.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Working in a team of two, biologists will visit and survey
areas around the Fort Bragg Military Installation. On a typical day, surveyors will
wake up before dawn and spend the morning conducting multi-species point
counts. The afternoons will then typically be spent entering data, or with free
time. Work will be physically demanding, sometimes involving several-mile hikes.
Off-trail travel will be required at many survey sites. The typical work schedule
will be 5 days on and 2 days off.
EQUIPMENT: Biologists are expected to provide their own binoculars, hiking
boots, raingear, day pack, etc. The crew will be provided with a 4WD rental
vehicle, so the ability to drive a 4WD truck or small SUV is required.
REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for candidates with prior birding experience
and familiarity with the songs and calls of southeastern U.S. birds. Other
requirements include the ability to work hard in an unsupervised environment, a
sense of humor, a love of adventure, and a desire to learn more about the
avifauna of the region. Crew members will be lodged in an AirBnB house near
the base, in the town of Fayetteville, NC, a small city with many restaurants,
stores and other amenities.
A willingness to face the rigors of fieldwork with good humor is important. These
rigors include (but are not limited to!) physically demanding work, long work days
that may begin well before dawn, wet, cold weather, mosquitos, ticks, and
possibly snakes. Successful candidates must be in excellent physical condition
and must be comfortable with off-trail hiking and orienteering with a hand-held
MORE INFORMATION: For more information about this IBP program or this
position, please contact Steven Albert, salbert AT birdpop DOT org.
TO APPLY: Please email a resume, cover letter, and the names, phone numbers
and email addresses of two references to Mandy Holmgren, Biologist, at:
mholmgren AT birdpop DOT org.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required.
IBP values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion,
gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.