Desert Avian and Vegetation Field Technicians

Field technicians needed (2-3 positions total) for avian area search and vegetation surveys in the Mojave Desert of California with a focus on desert thrashers.

Duration: Mid-February through late May 2022 (start and end date may be flexible)

Description: Primary duties include but are not limited to: Conducting multiple-species avian area search surveys (with a focus on Bendire’s and LeConte’s Thrashers and Loggerhead Shrikes), vegetation and habitat surveys, data entry, navigating in remote area of the Mojave Desert, and driving 4×4 vehicles. Work weeks vary from 5-6 days and are typically 40-50 hours but vary from 35-60 hours.

Compensation: Positions pay an hourly wage of $23-30/hour (depending on experience) with overtime pay according to California State law. Camping on site at multiple locations. Work vehicles, GPS, and some camping equipment provided.

Covid-19 precautions: We expect all staff technicians to follow Point Blue safety protocols, including any local and state mandates to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Hired applicants may be required to quarantine and have a negative COVID-19 test prior to start date.


  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife, biology, conservation, environmental studies or similar preferred.
  • Previous experience identifying multiple bird species by sight and sound is required, preferably in the western desert regions. Training in bird and plant identification will be provided on-site.
  • All candidates must feel confident in their ability to hike long-distances (4-10 miles/day from predawn to noon) and navigate cross-country with a GPS in remote terrain often with spiny vegetation and venomous snakes. Snake gaiters provided.
  • All successful candidates must be able to identify common desert bird species including Bendires’s and LeConte’s Thrashers by sight and sound and common vegetation following 2-3 weeks of training. We will provide species lists, audio recordings, and links to learning resources before positions begin.
  • We require self-motivation, enthusiasm for travel and remote camping, good sense of direction, the ability to cope with hot and cold temperatures and high winds, willingness to spend long hours in the field observing birds and plants 5-6 days/week, and the ability to work well independently.
  • Positions require significant driving between remote sites (sometimes up to 2-6 hours traveling per day) and truck-camping up to 5-6 days/week.
  • Successful applicants will have a valid U.S. driver’s license, at least two years of driving experience, and will be asked to provide information to verify their good driving record. Work vehicles are provided.

To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous field work with specific dates of availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to Jim Tietz (jtietz AT In the subject line type: Mojave Crew 2022. Only those qualified applicants who we desire to interview will be contacted starting November 1. Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified.

Point Blue is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from people with backgrounds that are under-represented in the conservation community.

Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.