Observers will always work in teams of two to conduct daily, standardized (8 hours/day) counts of the migrating raptors. Weather permitting, observers will be required to work 6 days per week (with additional observer support provided by qualified, local volunteers). Observers will record all data electronically. To enhance the project’s public visibility, observers are expected to create and maintain a social media presence for the project, including a project blog, regular posting on Facebook, etc. Upon conclusion of the season (October 31st) one of the observers will be asked to draft the annual Project Report, and will be paid an additional $600 for this task.
Applicants must have superb eyesight, be in excellent physical condition (capable of hiking of 2.5 miles each way to observation point, 2200-ft. elevation gain), be willing to endure long hours in the field with variable weather (cold temperatures and strong winds are not uncommon), be able to work collaboratively as a team member with at least one other experienced observer, and, most importantly, have demonstrated raptor-in-flight identification skills. Applicants must also have at least some public outreach/social media communications experience, as the project attracts as many as 200 visitors to the site each season, many of whom are keenly interested in learning about the purpose and findings of the project. The successful candidate must provide his/her own vehicle and high-quality binoculars.
Send cover letter, resume, 3 references with phone numbers, email addresses (at least two who are able to vouch for applicant’s in-flight raptor ID experience and skills), and dates of availability in a single email attachment to: email@example.com - candidate qualifications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt. These two positions will remain open until filled (hiring decisions will likely be concluded by the end of May). Preference will be given to partner applications (two individuals who have worked together in the field previously).