Seeking Game Bird Technicians for Spring 2021

From: Hannah Clipp <>

Subject: Seeking Game Bird Technicians for Spring 2021


*Job Title:* Game Bird Technician


*Agency:* West Virginia University/U.S. Forest Service


*Location:* Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia


*Job Category:* Temporary/Seasonal Position


*Salary:* ~$2,000 total. Free housing and a field vehicle provided.


*Start Date:* 4/12/2021


*Last Date to Apply:* 1/29/2021 (but applications are accepted and reviewed

on a rolling basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible)



*Description:* Seeking two highly motivated game bird technicians to assist

with game bird surveys from April 12 to May 16. The data will be collected

as part of research on avian use of wildlife openings in the Monongahela

National Forest in West Virginia.


Fieldwork entails deploying audio recording units (ARUs) and game cameras,

conducting evening surveys for American woodcock, and conducting morning

drumming/gobbling surveys for ruffed grouse and wild turkey. All survey

protocols will be reviewed before conducting the surveys, but the most

competitive field technicians would have prior experience with deploying

ARUs or game cameras. Additional work will include data entry and data



Both technicians will be working closely with each other and the

supervisor, Hannah Clipp, to access field site locations, but actual bird

surveys will be conducted alone. Each technician should expect to work ~6âÂEUR”8

hours per day, with some longer or shorter days as needed; 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 field vehicle will be provided. Field technicians should

expect rugged housing accommodations (just the basics, Internet not

guaranteed), 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 technicians.


*To apply*, please email a cover letter (no page limit), resume/CV (no page

limit), and contact information for 3 references to Hannah Clipp at, with the subject line: âÂEURÂoeGame Bird TechnicianâÂEUR. In your

cover letter, please mention any previous field technician experience, as

well as experiences regarding camping/backpacking, dealing with rugged

field conditions, and/or navigating and working alone in remote areas. For

references, please list the personâÂEURÂ(tm)s title/position and/or relationship to

you (e.g., crew leader, supervisor, ornithology professor). At least one of

the references should be able to speak to any previous field technician

experience (previous supervisors/crew leaders preferred). For those without

previous technician experience, please include references who can speak to

your outdoor experiences (rather than classroom/academic performance).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.





1. Previous fieldwork or extensive outdoor experience


2. Earned (or are working towards) a BachelorâÂEURÂ(tm)s degree in wildlife science,

natural resources, or a similar field


3. Available for full-time work starting on April 12


4. Ability to navigate in the field and deal with challenging, difficult

terrain (e.g., steep slopes, thick vegetation)


5. Comfortable working alone in a remote outdoor setting


6. Ability and willingness to work individually and in a multi-person team

during early morning and late evening fieldwork


7. Valid driverâÂEURÂ(tm)s license with a clean driving record


8. Willingness to be flexible and adapt to any scheduling or housing

changes due to unpredictable COVID-19 developments or restrictions



*Contact Person:* Hannah Clipp


*Contact Email:*