Wildlife Technician – Avian Monitoring Technician: Utah

Utah National Guard
Camp Williams, Bluffdale UT
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
13 - 15/hr
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Are you looking for in the field experience with wildlife and natural resources management? The Utah National Guard is looking for a seasonal wildlife technician to conduct surveys and monitoring on Camp Williams. Camp Williams is located approximately 15 miles south of Salt Lake City in the town of Bluffdale. The technician will work as part of the Natural Resources Management team to conduct surveys and carry out monitoring for nesting raptors and breeding birds found on the installation. The technician will also have the opportunity to assist with other wildlife related projects as well. The position is temporary (approximately March – August). Schedule is 40 hours/week, generally four 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday. However, some flexibility in hours will be required for surveys needing to be performed early in the morning or later in the evening. Anticipated start date is March 22, 2021. Job Overview The primary focus of the work will be conducting surveys for nesting raptors, monitoring nest success and recording data for a long-term monitoring program. The technician will also assist with breeding bird surveys and Pinyon Jay telemetry. The technician may also be required/can assist with other wildlife surveys as well. Interested applicants must apply on State of Utah Jobs website (https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah?keywords=wildlife).
The Ideal Candidate Successful applicants will have experience conducting breeding bird surveys and be able to identify birds found in the mountain west by sight and sound. More than one-year experience will be preferred. Applicants should be comfortable using Microsoft word and excel to enter data. Applicants should also be able operate GPS and GIS, experience mapping and processing spatial data with GIS software is preferred but not required. Strong navigation skills with map and compass/GPS are important. Strong quantitative/statistical analysis skills are desired but not required, opportunity exists for further analysis of data and potential publication if applicant has desire. Applicants must be able to work independently and hike in steep, rugged terrain in hot, dry conditions, and must have a current driver's license. The technician will use ATVs for field travel and should be comfortable driving on unmaintained dirt roads. Example of Duties Navigate to existing avian points/plots and conduct point count-based breeding bird surveys. Follow precise protocols for Monitoring existing raptor nests and surveying areas for new nests and nesting behavior. Use telemetry to locate birds and collect spatial data. Analyze, summarize and/or review data; report findings, interpret results and/or make recommendations. Identify data and information which suggest developing patterns of problems or complaints, from which general or specific trends and patterns can be discerned, suggesting a need for further investigation. Write or draft technical reports, articles or related material based on research, investigation or analysis. Other tasks as assigned. Typical Qualifications identify birds of the mountain west by sight and sound follow written protocols and literature, attention to detail strong data management skills self-motivated and ability to work alone in possibly adverse conditions deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact, and professionalism communicate fluently in English communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing evaluate information against a set of standards operate applicable specialized equipment follow/develop research methods, techniques, and/or sources of information operate a computer using MS excel, word and ArcMap enter, transcribe, record, store, or maintain information in either written or electronic form. Supplemental Information Obtained or working towards a B.A. or B.S. in wildlife, biology, conservation or related field. Must be willing and able to work in a hot, dry climate and able to hike cross-country in steep, rocky, heavily vegetated sites carrying up to 20 lbs of equipment. Additionally, Camp Williams is an active military training range with special safety concerns. Must pass background check and maintain good driving record; must have current government-issued (U.S. - federal or state) picture id. Interested applicants must apply on State of Utah Jobs website (https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah?keywords=wildlife).
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