Woodpecker Surveys in Boise and Sawtooth National Forests (Idaho)

Intermountain Bird Observatory/Boise State University
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$18.00 - $19.50/hour, DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIAN is needed for a large-scale study of woodpeckers across two National Forests in Idaho. Field technicians are needed to start ~May 1st and work through ~June 15. Work duties consist of daily point-count surveys, vegetation (bird habitat) evaluation, and field data entry. Technicians will identify the 10 regularly occurring woodpecker species in Idaho, along with any vagarants. The field days begin before dawn and generally end by early afternoon. Work will be ~40 hours/week, and is a flexible schedule (5 days on 2 days off or 10 days on 4 days off through the season), as long as the field survey assignment is being completed as required. The project includes a mandatory paid field training at start of season.
Qualifications include: • Ability to identify 10 species of woodpeckers in Idaho, and confusing species, primarily by sound and sight • Ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) in remote areas for entirety of the field season • Ability to camp and work early hours, often without phone service or facilities, and change work sites on a daily basis. Fieldwork may include some overnight backpack travel to remote, road-less survey sites (<10%). • Ability to navigate independently off-trail in potentially remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using maps and GPS units • Ability to safely drive rough and sometimes unmaintained roads using an AWD or 4WD vehicle • Strong physical and mental endurance for long days, often with extensive driving between surveys • Ability to be autonomous and problem-solve difficult situations • Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management. Detailed is a necessity. • Willingness, and ability to work safely in landscapes occupied by apex predators and/or venomous wildlife (including bears, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes) • Strong interpersonal and professional skills for communicating and working effectively with program managers, private landowners, and fellow technicians. Technicians must have a valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, and use their personal, AWD/4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at a rate of ~$0.655/mile), or IBO will provide a rental SUV. Technicians must provide their own camping/backpacking gear, and use their own quality binoculars. (We have some loaner equipment available). There may be opportunities to extend the employment term to help with other IBO projects (pinyon jays, woodpeckers, etc); or contribute to internship work at our fall migration site with songbirds, raptors, or owls at Lucky Peak. Please visit our website for more info on Intermountain Bird Observatory: https://www.boisestate.edu/ibo/.
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Robert Miller
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