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Employment Opportunities

2014

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the ASC. We will be hiring several technicians for the 2014 field season. Scroll down for information related to specific projects and please visit throughout late winter for more potential projects.

 

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General information applicable to all positions:
  • Most positions run May – mid July (though some begin early and/or extend).
  • Primary duties include:
    • locating study sites via GPS and maps
    • conducting bird point counts, vegetation surveys, or bird banding
    • sampling vegetation
    • maintaining data sheets and other documentation
    • computer data entry
  • Crews can expect to camp out for much of the season; housing may be provided.
  • Salary $1800 – $2500/ mo DOE and the project.
  • Some positions will require use of personal vehicle (reimbursement ~ $.50/mile).
  • Applicants MUST be available to start mid May for a week–long training session.

For all point count work, bird identification skills are required. Applicants must have the following abilities:

  • Identify birds (preferably western birds) by sight and song
  • Hike in rugged conditions off roads and trails
  • Drive a truck with standard transmission
  • Read topographic maps and aerial photos
  • Work independently under minimal supervision

To apply: please send a cover letter that address the above criteria and the project of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Kristina Smucker (unless otherwise stated in the job description) via email (preferred): Christian.Meny@umontana.edu or via Avian Science Center, FOR 311, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812.

 

2014 PROJECTS

 

Avian Point Count Technician - 6 positions

Avian Field Biologist - 1 position

 

BIRD TECHNICIANS (6) needed for bird surveys in Montana from mid-May to mid-July 2014, with potential for some positions to begin early or end late. The Avian Science Center is seeking experienced point counters to conduct surveys for Montana portions of a regional long-term bird monitoring project (IMBCR). Technicians will be assigned to one of six geographic areas. Field locations cover a range of elevations and habitats including conifer forest, sagebrush steppe, grasslands, and riparian habitats. Technicians will be expected to attend a week-long training workshop that begins either May 12 or May 19. Upon successful completion of training, technicians will work independently conducting bird surveys. The standard work schedule will be ten days on/four days off. Technicians must be able to identify all regional birds by sight and sound upon completion of training, hike off-trail in steep and difficult terrain, and communicate with private landowners. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, will be required for all positions as well as occasional overnight backcountry travel. Some positions include working in grizzly bear country. Applicants should be enthusiastic, physically fit, and can expect long hours, multiple days of solitude, and spectacular country. Preference will be given to those with the ability to identify western birds by sight and sound. Technicians are expected to use their own vehicle for travel throughout the season. Binoculars, camping/backpacking gear, and a strong work ethic are required. Compensation: Monthly salary of $1,800-$2,500 DOE plus mileage (~ $0.50/mile) for project related driving, and $400 a month in camping/lodging reimbursement. To Apply: please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references ALL in 1 document to Christian Meny (email: Christian.meny@montana.edu). Positions open until filled. Initial application review begins immediately.

 

AVIAN FIELD BIOLOGIST (1) We are seeking an experienced field biologist to conduct point count bird surveys from mid May – mid July 2014 along mountain streams to evaluate watershed restoration efforts conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  Field locations in the Tobacco Root Mountains of southwestern Montana cover a range of elevations and habitats, including riparian, conifer forest, sagebrush steppe, and aspen forest.  Applicants should be enthusiastic, physically fit, and can expect long hours, multiple days of solitude, and spectacular country.  Monthly salary of $1,800-$2,500 DOE plus mileage (~ $0.50/mile) for project related driving, and up to $400 a month in camping/lodging reimbursement. Ideal candidates will have experience conducting bird surveys, especially point counts, with the ability to identify western bird species by sight and sound.  Applicants must be able to work alone, follow detailed protocols, and hike long distances.  Experience camping and navigating in the backcountry preferred.  A valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, binoculars, camping gear, and a strong work ethic are required. Please send a cover letter detailing your bird identification knowledge and experience and dates of availability, resume, and contact information for 3 references ALL in 1 document to Christian Meny (email: Christian.meny@montana.edu). Positions open until filled.