Point count technicians needed ASAP for an extensive research project in southern Idaho to examine the effects of spring cattle grazing on songbird abundance and diversity. Duties may include: conducting point counts for songbirds associated with sage-steppe communities of southern Idaho and data entry/management. Technicians will operate 4WD vehicles and ATVs on rough roads to access study sites. This position will also require walking 4-10 miles per day to access point count locations. Technicians will need to be able to identify a set of common sagebrush songbird species by sight and sound and will be tested on their ability to do so upon arrival. Technicians will work at up to 5 study sites in southern Idaho: Big Southern Butte near Arco, ID; Jim Sage Mountains near Almo, ID; Browns Bench near Rogerson, ID; Sheep Creek near Grasmere, ID; and Pahsimeroi Valley near Challis, ID. Technicians will move between sites and conduct surveys at all sites. Southern Idaho offers boundless outdoor recreation opportunities. All sites have nearby access to excellent hiking, fishing, rafting, mountain biking opportunities, and much more! Additionally, technicians will be part of a large research team with 2 graduate students, 20+ technicians, 5 crew leaders, a research scientist, and 2 state biologists working across 5 study sites. This highly collaborative project involves a partnership among many agencies/organizations, including: Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Idaho, local ranchers, and other stakeholders. Start date is firm but end date is somewhat flexible.
Qualifications include an undergraduate degree (or working towards one) in wildlife science, zoology, rangeland ecology, botany or a related field (e.g., Biology, Zoology, etc.). Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, a valid driver’s license, and willingness to live and conduct field research in remote conditions during variable weather conditions (snow and rain early in the field season; heat at the end of the field season). Applicants with previous experience performing avian point-count surveys and those able to identify songbirds of southern Idaho by sight and sound will be given preference. Knowledge of Excel, ArcGIS, experience living in rural areas, and experience driving 4WD vehicles is beneficial. To apply, please send the following materials in a single .pdf or .docx (via email attachment) to Andrew Meyers (email@example.com): (1) Cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for >3 references. Please write “Point Count Technician” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.