Northern Spotted Owl Monitoring Technician

Location: Marin County, CA.
Duration: March 1 to June 30, 2021
Deadline to Apply: January 4, 2021
Position Type: Technician

Position Description: One technician needed to assist in the Northern Spotted Owl monitoring project at Point Blue Conservation Science on the California coast, in Marin County. We have been studying this dense breeding population of Northern Spotted Owls since 1997. Fieldwork includes determining site occupancy, nesting status, and reproductive success. The technician will participate in field work and data collection approximately 4 days per week, plus one office day per week for data entry (occasionally we will work 6 days in a week). The field schedule is variable and involves working at night and during the day. The technician will become proficient in field protocols for monitoring Spotted Owls, orienteering, and identification of owls and other local bird species. The technician will also become familiar with current conservation topics, including climate-smart principles, via paper discussions and presentations. Any use of personal vehicles for field work will be reimbursed at the current federal mileage rate. The technician is needed from March 1 to June 30, for the full duration of the season. Local housing is provided and will be shared by 3 members of the Spotted Owl crew; due to the covid-19 pandemic, crew members will be expected to follow CDC, County of Marin, and Point Blue guidelines to protect themselves and members of their crew and community. Point Blue is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at our organization, and individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: The technician will be paid $15.40 per hour, plus overtime, minus a deductible for housing (determined by the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service: current rate is $100.92 per 2-week paycheck for a shared room).

Qualifications: Desired applicants will have a strong interest in birds and conservation, and the desire to spend long hours in the field and office. Applicants should have good hearing abilities, and have the ability to traverse long distances through steep and uneven terrain; a typical field day involves hiking several miles with a mix of on-trail, and off-trail hiking through steep forested habitat with some poison oak. Participants must be able to work alone (after a training period), as well as with a partner. Preference may be given to applicants with previous experience with field work, scientific data collection, and/or working with birds. Applicants will need a valid driver’s license, a personal vehicle, and current proof of insurance; Point Blue will conduct a motor vehicle report for insurance purposes, after hiring.

To Apply: Please submit applications via email to Renée Cormier (EM:; PH: 415-868-0655 ext. 416). All applicants should provide a resumé and contact information for three references. In addition to the resumé and references, applicants should choose between one of the following two options: 1) a letter of interest or written document (~1 page) describing why you are interested in this position, how you hope this position can help you advance your own goals, any previous experience with field research, how you learned about this position, and whether or not your vehicle is AWD (AWD not necessary for all crew members, but may be helpful for some) OR, 2) the above information can also be submitted as a short (<5 min) video.

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.