Seasonal Field Technician-California

Audubon California
Central Valley, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
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Position Summary Audubon California is seeking an individual to conduct bird surveys in the Central Valley of California who is comfortable working independently in remote settings, is a strong communicator, can interact professionally with private landowners and land managers, can confidently identify bird species and estimate numbers, and can manage scientific data with close attention to detail. The qualified candidate will work on two of Audubon California’s main initiatives in the Working Lands Program. The Tricolored Blackbird Program is a coordinated effort to identify Tricolored Blackbird colonies nesting in agricultural fields that are at risk of harvest. The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership is a collaboration between Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and Point Blue Conservation Science to protect, restore, and enhance priority conservation areas in California for migratory birds. In the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, this program works with private agricultural landowners to identify, evaluate, and implement alternative field and wetland management practices that benefit a variety of migratory birds. The ideal candidate will have experience with bird monitoring and specifically with shorebirds and waterfowl of the Pacific Flyway, field data collection, interacting with landowners, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. This is a full time (40 hours/week), 4-6 month position beginning March 15th, 2018 and may include occasional overtime. Application review will begin January 22, 2018. Essential Functions • Conduct Tricolored Blackbird surveys from public roads throughout the San Joaquin Valley approximately half-time or 2.5 days per week to identify and record breeding colony locations on farm fields. • Conduct shorebird and/or other bird surveys from public roads, private and/or public lands approximately half-time or 2.5 days per week to measure bird response to wildlife-friendly farming practices. • Communicate regularly with private landowners about property access. • Collect and enter data in the field, proof data in a database. • Conduct preliminary data analyses and report writing. • Assist with project set-up a needed.
Qualifications • Bachelor's Degree in related field or 2+ years applicable field experience. • Ability to identify birds by sight, especially shorebirds and waterfowl. Tricolored Blackbird identification training will be provided. • Experience driving 4WD vehicles and ATVs on narrow roads and in variable conditions. • Strong initiative and self-motivation and ability to work with limited supervision. • Ability to communicate effectively with Audubon staff and supervisors, conservation partners, private landowners and farmers. • Experience working on field projects; work in agricultural settings and interactions with private landowners a plus. • Ability to travel within the Central Valley of California and to work evenings, as needed and to stay in field housing part-time or commute from a Central Valley location (full-time housing is not provided). • Comfort using a GPS unit and field-testing/using ArcGIS Collector. • Familiarity with Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint. • Ability to engage in outdoor activity, carry field equipment in cold, wet weather and in extreme heat. • Proven effectiveness working in a team setting. • Comfort working alone in remote field locations. • A valid driver’s license. To apply, please visit: Only applications submitted with a cover letter and resume to the online portal will be considered.
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Khara Strum
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