Audubon California is seeking an individual to conduct bird surveys who is comfortable working alone in remote settings, is a strong communicator, can maturely interact with private landowners and managers, can confidently estimate and identify blackbird species, and can enter survey data with a close attention to detail.
• Conduct Tricolored Blackbird surveys from public roads throughout the San Joaquin Valley 2.5 days per week to identify breeding locations on farms. The Tricolored Blackbird Program is a coordinated effort with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to identify Tricolored Blackbird colonies in agricultural fields at risk of harvest.
• Communicate regularly with private landowners about property access.
• Enter data in the field and proof data in an electronic database.
• Conduct preliminary data analyses and reporting.
• Bachelor's Degree in related field or 2+ years applicable field experience.
• Ability to identify birds by sight, specifically shorebirds and waterfowl. Tricolored
Blackbird identification training will be provided.
• Experience driving field trucks on narrow roads in variable conditions.
• Strong initiative and self-motivation and ability to work with limited supervision.
• Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, conservation partners, private
landowners and farmers, volunteers, and local community members.
• Experience working on field projects; work in an agricultural setting and interaction
with private landowners a plus.
• Ability to travel in California, and to work evenings, as needed. Ability to stay in field
housing part-time or commute from a San Joaquin Valley location (full-time housing is
• A valid driver’s license and excellent driving record.
• Comfort using a GPS unit and testing/using a new mapping system through ArcGIS
Collector on iPhone.
• Familiarity with Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint.
• Ability to engage in strenuous outdoor activity, carry field equipment and endure
outdoor field conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
• Proven effectiveness working in a team setting.
• Comfort working alone in a field setting.