Two technicians are needed for nest searching, nest monitoring, territory mapping, banding, point counts, and vegetation and habitat surveys for breeding birds in meadows of the Sierra Nevada of California. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Position: Field Technician, Sierra Nevada Group
Duration: 2 May through 5 August 2022
Locations: Chester, CA; Truckee, CA
Job type: full-time, seasonal
Compensation: $16.75-18/hour, depending on experience, with overtime pay according to California State law. Shared housing and utilities are provided at a cost of $202/month. Benefits limited to 24 hours of sick pay.
Description: This program offers a unique opportunity to explore and observe birds in some of the most beautiful landscapes in California, while collecting data to guide restoration and stewardship of mountain meadows. Two positions will be based out of Chester, CA, and work primarily in Childs Meadow and Swain Meadow. One position will be based out of Truckee, CA, and work primarily in Van Norden Meadow.
Primary duties include, but are not limited to: Territory mapping, nest searching, and nest monitoring for 8 passerine species; multi-species point count surveys; vegetation and habitat surveys; data entry and proofing; navigating cross-country in complex wetland habitats. The people positioned in Chester will assist with banding and extracting birds at two MAPS stations. Work weeks vary from 5-6 days and are typically 40-45 hours but vary from 35-50 hours.
Work environment & physical requirements:
The Chester, CA, position operates in locations with limited cell phone reception, predatory wildlife, wet and uneven terrain, and often in a solitary capacity. The Truckee, CA, position operates in locations with abundant visitors, wet and uneven terrain, and in a solitary capacity. All field locations are in close proximity to a paved road or highway with vehicle access.
COVID safety: We require full vaccination prior to employment. You may be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status if working in close proximity to Point Blue staff, partners, supporters, and others. We require staff to follow current safety guidelines. All Point Blue staff will do the same and ensure a safe working environment.
Application instructions: To apply, send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous nest searching, territory mapping, banding, point count, and other bird survey experience; interest in this position; specific dates of availability; a resume; and contact information for three references, to Brent Campos (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “Technician Application”. Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2022.
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.