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Job Posting: Montana Avian Field Technician


AVIAN Field TECHNICIANS (8) needed for a study of breeding landbirds in the mountains, forests, grasslands, badlands, wetlands, riparian habitats and sagebrush steppes of Montana (mid-May – mid-July) with the Intermountain Bird Observatory at Boise State University. Duties consist of standardized point count surveys, vegetation surveys and data entry using Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) protocol. Technicians will travel across diverse habitats identifying hundreds of bird species.

View of an open forest with wildflowers
These surveys are full of breathtaking landscapes, as well as great birds! Photo by IMBCR technician Joshua Parrot


Qualifications include: 1) the ability to identify 200+ species of Western birds by sight and primarily by sound 2) ability to work independently (alone ≥90% of the time) for the duration of the field season 3) strong physical/mental endurance to complete 1 survey per day per 10-day hitch 4) ability to navigate off-trail in remote, densely-vegetated, steep and rugged landscapes using topographical maps and GPS units 5) willingness to work in landscapes occupied by apex predators (bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes) 6) and careful and accurate data collection/entry/management.  Solo backpacking trips may be required.  Technicians must provide their own backpacking/camping gear.  Each applicant must possess strong interpersonal skills in order to communicate and work effectively with private landowners, fellow technicians and the program manager.

This is a fulltime position for the duration of the project (May-July). Hourly pay rate is $13-$16+/hr DOE (PLUS a per Diem which amounts to an additional $1,000 over the season).  Surveying requires EXTENSIVE DRIVING between sites on both paved and dirt roads. Technicians must have a valid driver’s license and EITHER use their personal 4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the $0.50/mile) OR IBO can provide a rental SUV.

To apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and at least three references (in ONE Document) via e-mail to Christian Meny:   Please put “2020 MT IMBCR Applicant- (w/ Name)” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.