*Job Title:* Avian Point Count Technician
*Agency:* West Virginia University/U.S. Forest Service
*Location:* Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
*Job Category:* Temporary/Seasonal Position
*Salary:* ~$2,000/month for 2 months. Housing and a shared field vehicle
*Start Date:* 05/14/2020
*Last Date to Apply:* 2/22/2020 (but applications are accepted and reviewed
on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible)
*Description:* Seeking a highly motivated avian point count technician to
assist with morning point count surveys from May 14 (start date) to July 13
(end date). The data will be collected as part of a 25-year dataset of
breeding bird surveys from the Monongahela National Forest, which is being
used to assess long-term changes in avian communities and abundance.
Fieldwork entails conducting 10-minute morning point count surveys for
breeding songbirds and corresponding tree plot surveys. All survey
protocols will be reviewed before conducting the surveys, but the field
technician should have prior experience conducting point counts or
identifying eastern USA birds by sound, as well as identifying eastern USA
tree species. Additional work will include data entry and data proofing.
The technician will be working closely with the supervisor, Hannah Clipp,
and other technicians to access point count transect locations, but actual
bird and tree plot surveys will be conducted alone. The technician should
expect to work 6Ã¢Â€Â“8 hours per day; because we are counting birds, field days
will start early (before sunrise) and will involve work on weekends, with
days off during inclement weather. Free housing and a shared field vehicle
will be provided. The field technician should expect rugged housing
accommodations (just the basics, no Internet), ranging from bunkhouses and
cabins to campgrounds. First aid/CPR training and driver safety training
will also be provided at no cost to the field technician.
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume/CV (no page limit), and
contact information for 3 references to Hannah Clipp at email@example.com.
In your cover letter, please mention any experiences you have with birding,
camping, dealing with rugged field conditions, and/or navigating and
working alone in remote areas. At least one of the references should be
able to speak to any previous avian or other field technician experience.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
1. Ability to identify eastern USA birds by sound and sight (required),
as well as previous experience with avian point count surveys (preferred)
2. Earned (or are working towards) a BachelorÃ¢Â€Â™s degree in wildlife
biology, natural resources, or a similar field
3. Ability to navigate off-trail and deal with challenging, difficult
terrain (a lot of steep slopes)
4. Comfortable working alone in a remote outdoor setting
5. Ability and willingness to work in a mulitple-person team and
individually during early morning fieldwork
6. Valid driverÃ¢Â€Â™s license with a clean driving record
7. Positive, upbeat attitude and strong work ethic
*Contact Person:* Hannah Clipp
*Contact Email:* firstname.lastname@example.org