The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking 2-3 technicians (Jan-August) for the NC Bird Atlas! Positions will be based across the state with each technician stationed in a particular region (Mountains, Piedmont, or Coastal Plain). During the breeding season (March-August) technicians will be responsible for conducting point counts and coding breeding behaviors following appropriate atlas protocols. Some night and weekend work will also be required. Work vehicles and all necessary field equipment will be provided. Housing will not be provided; however, lodging and per diem (up to approx. $40/day) will be provided while working away from your assigned duty station. Technicians should expect extensive travel, possibility for backcountry and/or front country (car camping), long pre-dawn days, inclement weather, biting insects, and hot, humid days. The breeding field season will begin with a short training/calibration in visual and acoustic bird ID skills and our specific protocols (Raleigh, NC). Most time will be spent in the field, but there are opportunities to be involved with atlas-related outreach, for example, leading atlasing walks, creating newsletter/blog content, vetting and reviewing data.
Following a 1-month separation (Sept. 2023), there will be an opportunity to return for an 11-month position, i.e. Oct 2023-Aug 2024.
Successful applicant can expect a 3-week delay in receiving your first paycheck, then every 2 weeks thereafter.
Candidate must be able to identify North Carolina birds by sight and sound. Requires at least one full season of prior field experience, preferably with avian point counts and/or nest searching. Technician must be able to work well both independently and with a small team in remote areas. Must be willing to work early mornings, some evenings and weekends, and travel extensively. Valid driver’s license and good driving record required. These positions are not overtime eligible. Technicians will be expected to follow all NC/NC WRC COVID-19 guidelines.
To apply: send an e-mail with “Lastname 2023 NCBA 8-month tech” as the subject line and attach one document using the same title including a cover letter and resume (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) detailing your interest and qualifications, names and contact information (email and phone) of 3 references. In your cover letter, please rank (1-3) your preferred region to work: Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and candidates will be contacted as quickly as possible to schedule an interview using Microsoft Teams.