Website: http://www.prbo.org Location: Sierra Nevada and Southern
Cacades, CA. Duration: April 29 through August 2-9, 2013. Job Type:
Seasonal. Job Description: Up to 10 point count technician positions and 1
crew leader position available on multiple songbird monitoring projects in
the Sierra Nevada of California. Project
dates: 29 April through 2 August 2013 (some positions will be extended to 9
Aug). This program offers a unique opportunity to explore and observe birds
in some of the most beautiful landscapes in California, across a wide range
of habitats, while collecting data to guide forest management in the
ecologically significant Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. Field work
covers a vast profile of elevations in coniferous forest, aspen, oak,
meadow, and chaparral habitats. Primary duties include, but are not limited
to, conducting multiple-species avian point counts, cavity nest searching,
vegetation surveys, data entry, navigating cross-country in mountain terrain
and driving government-owned 4×4 vehicles. In addition to these duties, one
technician position also involves full responsibility for managing a MAPS
station and up to 12 additional days of banding at other banding stations.
Compensation is $2773/month for technician positions and $3100/mo for the
crew leader position with work vehicles provided.
Housing will be secured for field crews at approximately $250 – 300/mo.
Field housing locations (subject to change) are near Chester, Quincy, South
Lake Tahoe and Shaver Lake, CA. Qualifications: All successful candidates
must be able to identify over 100 bird species by sight and sound following
three weeks of training and be able to navigate cross-country in complex
mountainous terrain. Candidates with a strong background in western bird
identification by sight and sound and/or previous experience point counting
multiple species are preferred. Crew leader candidates need previous
supervisory experience. The bird banding candidate needs at least one season
of experience running a banding station in Western U.S., preferably CA. We
require self-motivation, an enthusiasm for travel and camping, strong
physical condition, good sense of direction, the ability to cope with snow
and inclement weather, willingness to spend long hours in the field
observing birds six days per week and the ability to work well independently
and in a group living situation. Most positions require significant travel
between remote sites (up to 4-6 hours traveling per day), front-country
5 days/week, and some positions require backpacking in remote areas.
Successful applicants will need a valid U.S. driver’s license and will be
asked to provide information to verify their driving record. To
Apply: Send a single document (PDF [preferred] or Word Doc) including a
letter of interest describing previous point count experience and interest
in this position, specific dates of availability, geographic location
preference (if any), a resume, and contact information for three references
to ALISSA FOGG (EM: afogg AT prbo.org) and BRENT CAMPOS
(EM: bcampos AT prbo.org). Type “Sierra bird crew 2013” in the subject line.
Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified.