Snowy Plover Monitoring Technician

Project Description: Point Blue Conservation Science’s Monterey Program is centered on conservation of western snowy plovers and the sandy beach and dune ecosystem along the central California coast. Working closely with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Parks & Recreation, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and other partners, Point Blue biologists gather data on snowy plover breeding success, shorebird occurrence, and beach and dune ecology which are used to formulate conservation actions designed to sustain the snowy plover population and to protect and enhance the coastal ecosystem. Learn more about our shorelines work here. 

Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Reading color bands of Snowy Plover adults and chicks
  • Nest searching and monitoring, brood monitoring
  • Predator monitoring
  • High volume data entry and management
  • Work in collaboration with partner agencies involved in conservation and habitat management efforts

Project Duration: April 1, 2022 to August, 31, 2022 (start & end date may be flexible)

Schedule:  Full time, 8 hours per day / 40 hours per week; generally Monday to Friday and may work some weekends.

Compensation and Status: Rate is $20-25 per hour, depending on experience.  Position is nonexempt.  Overtime may not be worked, unless approved in advance.  If overtime occurs, California overtime laws apply.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Must have a passion for nature and conservation
  • Undergraduate degree in conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, environmental policy and planning, or other related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience collecting avian field data
  • Previous field experience with nest searching, reproductive monitoring, bird handling and/or banding are highly desirable
  • Possession of valid federal monitoring permit for snowy plovers is highly desirable
  • Previous experience with high volume data entry and management
  • Excellent inter-personal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work long hours outdoors under variable weather and mobility over various terrains, including soft sand
  • Must have own car and valid driver’s license

To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous experience and interest in this position, specific dates of availability, a resume, and contact information for three references to Kriss Neuman ( In the subject line type: Snowy Plover Monitoring Technician 2022. Only those qualified applicants whom we desire to interview will be contacted. Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified.

Covid-19 precautions: We expect all employees to follow Point Blue safety protocols, including any local and state mandates to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Point Blue: Point Blue Conservation Science advances conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach. Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of climate change, habitat loss, and other threats on wildlife and people, while developing climate-smart, nature-based solutions. Because of the collaborative climate-smart conservation work we do today, we believe healthy ecosystems will continue to sustain thriving wildlife and human communities well into the future. Increasing racial, gender, cultural, and other diversity, equity, and inclusion at Point Blue is essential for the success of our mission, vision, and strategy.

Point Blue is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek applicants from all backgrounds to join our teams. We strongly encourage applications from people with backgrounds that are under-represented in the conservation community. Point Blue is proud to be an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do 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 a 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.