Northern Spotted Owl Surveyors-California

Strix Wildlife Consulting
Fort Bragg, CA
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Northern Spotted Owl Surveyors needed for conducting surveys throughout Mendocino County, California. Strix Wildlife Consulting invites applications for full-time seasonal positions conducting surveys for northern spotted owls (NSO's) in the beautiful coast ranges of Mendocino County, California. Pay is $17/hr - $21/hr depending on experience. Our office is located on the Mendocino coast in the town of Fort Bragg. Work period is expected to last from late-February to mid-August. Most surveys will be conducted on lands owned by some of the nation's top forestland conservation organizations including; The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Redwood Forest Foundation Inc. and Save The Redwoods League. Duties include conducting nocturnal surveys for NSO's using digital wildlife callers, conducting NSO reproductive status monitoring surveys, observing and recording color-band information of NSO's - often alone in remote locations without access to a reliable communications infrastructure (cell phones, radios and CB’s), taking detailed field notes, filling out data forms, entering survey data into PDA's and various database programs. Work duties will require hiking over steep and rugged terrain sometimes at night, orienteering with map, compass and GPS units, working independently while following detailed instructions, prioritizing work loads with varying and changing field conditions.
Successful applicants will have experience working alone in remote areas often without contact to fellow employees, conducting NSO surveys, maintaining and operating 4x4 vehicles and ATV's at night on rugged unimproved dirt roads in addition to operating chainsaws and a variety of other field equipment. Successful applicants will also have good computer skills, able to work in harsh weather conditions; be physically fit and able to meet the rigorous demands of field work in steep, rugged terrain, able to adapt to a flexible day/night and nighttime work schedule, willing to work overtime, weekends and/or holidays and when weather conditions allow. The applicant must have excellent communication skills (written and oral); able to accurately collect and record field data; and be able to work cooperatively with others, and also capable of working independently with little daily supervision. Please send a cover letter, resume, contact information, and at least 3 recent references who can verify experience requirements as described above to Mike Stephens at
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