Waterbird Survey Technician – Central Valley, CA

Audubon California
Sacramento/Central Valley of CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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POSITION SUMMARY: The Field Technician will be an integral part of several field efforts supporting the Working Lands Initiative including wildlife-friendly agriculture, understanding drought impacts on shorebirds, and alternative wetland management. This position will report to the Working Lands Conservation Project Manager and will work in close coordination with the Working Lands Team at Audubon CA and the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership that includes Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and Point Blue Conservation Science as well as other partners. This is a full-time, temporary grant-funded position scheduled for 40 hours/week (December – March with minimal overtime and the possibility of extension pending funding and needs) with occasional overtime. The position can be based outside of the Central Valley however the job duties require a daily presence in the Valley. Housing is available at the Cosumnes River Preserve and COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS • Set up fields for monitoring. Includes wading into flooded areas and pounding in depth stakes. • Conduct visual surveys of birds often requiring flock estimation, focusing on western waterbirds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and long-legged waders. • Conduct visual surveys of pertinent habitat features of survey areas. • Communicate regularly in varying formats (e.g. text, phone call) with rural landowners and/or farm managers and other survey crew and staff members. • Enter data into digital format and proof. • Digitize field boundaries, survey locations, and survey areas in Google Earth. • Conduct preliminary data summaries. • Possible overnight travel to other field sites in California. • Possible participation in a shorebird banding effort.
• Associate’s degree in natural resources, environmental studies, or similar subject, and/or 2+ years of applicable experience. • Ability to identify and estimate numbers of western waterbirds by sight using binoculars and a spotting scope. • Experience driving a 4WD vehicle on narrow roads and in variable conditions, i.e. mud, wet and fog. • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources. • Experience working with a diverse group of people. • Excellent communication skills; frequent communication with survey team members and private landowners will be necessary. • Possession of a driver’s license valid in California. • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team. • Strong attention to detail. • Technically savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite applications, internet browsers, Google Earth, iPad and related data entry apps; GIS experience a plus but not required. • Flexible with scheduling and ability to anticipate upcoming needs; careful time management and punctuality; willingness to work extended hours and/or travel as needed to accommodate unexpected issues, workload. • Experience working on field projects in agricultural settings and interactions with private landowners a plus. • Bird handling experience is a plus though not necessary.
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