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Job Posting: Northern Goshawk Technician Utah and Wyoming 2023

The Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO) at Boise State University works in partnership with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest to monitor Northern Goshawk populations within the forest boundary. We need a two person team to complete survey work during the summer of 2023 (11 weeks: May 28th – August 12th). Duties include working solo (coordinated with the other surveyor) to survey suitable habitat utilizing the point survey protocol as specified by Woodbridge and Hargis (2006).

a northern goshawk sits perched in a tree looking down at the photographer
Three-year-old female “C6” within her territory in the Albion Mountains. She was hatched in 2016 in the South Hills. Photo by Robert Miller


Salary: Pay rate is equivalent to $17.75-19.50/hr depending on experience

Location: northern Utah, southern Wyoming.

Last Date to Apply: 01/30/2023


Qualifications include:

  • Solo fieldwork experience required.
  • Experience with route planning, forest road and on-foot GPS navigation.
  • Excellent physical fitness and mental endurance (This is a very physically demanding job).
  • Excellent bird identification skills
  • Careful and accurate data collection/entry/management
  • Strong interpersonal skills for communicating and working effectively with program managers, fellow technicians, forest service staff, and private landowners
  • As a Boise State University employee, you will need to pass a criminal and driving background check.
  • Technicians must have a valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and either use their personal, 4WD vehicle (work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the federal mileage rate) or IBO can provide a rental SUV with restrictions.
  • Technicians must provide their own camping/backpacking gear. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities, and some overnight backcountry travel to survey remote road-less areas will be required..
  • Technicians must have your own binoculars (no compact binoculars — ideally 8 or 10×42 magnification)
  • Must have a smartphone that can be used for data collection (Survey123 app).
  • No pets allowed.

We provide survey equipment and basic safety gear (GPS unit loaded with survey points, rangefinder, inReach satellite comm safety device, FoxPro game caller, bear spray, small first-aid kit, hatchet, tow straps, etc.).

To Apply

Email a single pdf document that includes a one-page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, your dates of availability, and your experience with remote and isolated work. Also include your resume and three professional references and email to: Robert Miller (RobertMiller7 AT

Positions will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.

ATV trail directly beneath Northern Goshawk nest, Sublett Mountains, Idaho
ATV trail directly beneath Northern Goshawk nest, Sublett Mountains, Idaho