- Conduct on-site training and supervising of field crews, including weekly crew meetings
Assist in preseason project setup
- Review survey schedules to ensure strict adherence to protocol
- Audit field work, data, and other required paperwork
- Communicating information between field crews and your supervisor, maintaining open communication with project management throughout the field season and providing daily updates.
- Troubleshoot issues with crew equipment, computer, vehicles, etc.; notify supervisor of continued issues.
- Conduct surveys for a wide variety of wildlife species
Positions begin in March and run through August, with the possibility of extension and/or earlier start assisting with pre-season setup depending on project needs. The successful candidate will need to attend a week-long training and certification for marbled murrelet surveys held in Northern California in late April. A company-owned work vehicle will be provided; there may be the option to use a personal vehicle for project activities and be reimbursed on a per-mile basis. The position will require a significant amount of travel and regular camping is expected.
Applicants should have a completed four-year degree in wildlife biology or a closely-related field. A minimum of two years of field experience is required and at least one year of supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Species-specific experience is not required if the applicant has strong field skills, basic bird identification skills, and an interest in avian biology. A portion of the daily work is pre-dawn or post-sunset and can be physically and mentally demanding. An ideal candidate will possess all of the following characteristics:
- Excellent communication and management skills – ability to maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor, as well as uphold team morale throughout the field season.
- Enthusiasm for the outdoors, endangered species, and mentoring entry-level biologists.
- Strong data management and data collection skills
- Integrity, quality, and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols.
- Willingness to travel depending on project needs
- A consistent track record of working in a safe and efficient manner.
- Excellent field skills: orienteering, GPS, map-reading skills.
- Avid hikers with an ability and willingness to tackle the rigors of field work who are comfortable hiking alone and working odd hours in off-trail terrain in the dark and/or inclement weather.
- Working knowledge of western bird identification by sight and sound.
- Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently or as part of a team.
- A valid driver’s license and the ability to navigate forest roads and operate a 4WD vehicle.
- Applicants must have normal vision and hearing, with required proof (hearing screen results) to be submitted prior to the start of work.