Avian Field Work (Yellow-billed Cuckoo) | Arizona & California – Lower Colorado River | Closes 3/30/2018


Southern Sierra Research Station – Avian Field Work (Yellow Billed Cuckoo)


DEPARTMENT: Southern Sierra Research Station

JOB TYPE: Temporary/Seasonal

SALARY: $2,000/month and up (DOE)


Join us for an exciting summer on a long-term research project with the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, one of the most interesting and challenging birds in the Southwest. We are seeking 1-2 surveyors to join our team in conducting population monitoring of Yellow-billed Cuckoos on the lower Colorado River in AZ and CA. Surveyors must be available from June 1 until August 15. Primary duties: conducting Yellow-billed Cuckoo call-playback surveys, resighting color-banded cuckoos, and data entry. Work Conditions: Shared field housing is based in Blythe CA, and per diem/hotels are provided for occasional overnight trips to other field locations. The position involves hiking off-trail through restored riparian forest, while carrying moderately heavy packs. You must be able to tolerate adverse conditions including high temperatures and humidity. You may encounter wild animals, venomous snakes, and biting insects, including mosquitoes. All field work involves early morning rising, driving or hiking in the dark. Field work is done alone or in teams in remote areas. Surveyors work 5 consecutive days followed by 2 days off. We work 6-8 hours in the field daily in temperatures ranging from 80–110 F. Data is entered daily during and after returning from the field. Field housing and work vehicles are provided. We cannot accommodate pets. All surveyors will receive USFWS-approved yellow-billed cuckoo survey training. Starting salary: surveyors $2,000 per month and up DOE.



Required: Applicants must be enthusiastic and physically fit, have a solid work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, and excellent hearing and color vision. Previous avian field work (1 season) and the ability to use maps, compass, and GPS are required. Meticulous data collection and data entry skills are expected. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a personal cell phone, and current First Aid/CPR Certification or complete a free course online (provided by SSRS) before the first day of work. If selected for hire, surveyors must provide a State driving record (at own expense). Desired skills: conducting bird surveys, working with secretive birds, resighting color-bands, personal binoculars. To Apply Email a cover letter stating your interest in the position, including dates of availability, and a resume including names, email and phone numbers of 3 references to: Diane Tracy [EM: ybcujobs (at) gmail.com] by March 30, 2018. We will review applications as received and begin hiring as suitable applicants are found. Please combine documents into one file if possible (cover letter/resume/references), and include your name in the email subject and file name(s). We are unable to hire non-US citizens without a current Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Please make sure your references are current and able to comment on your field capabilities. The Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Contact to Apply: Diane Tracy (520) 257-6087 OR ybcujobs@gmail.com

Website: http://www.southernsierraresearch.org

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