Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

The Southern Sierra Research Station is a non-profit organization located in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Through basic and applied research, we aim to understand the biological processes that control population sizes and species diversity. In collaboration with government, academic, and conservation organizations, we strive to increase our scientific knowledge of the species we research, so that we may better inform environmental policy and encourage public appreciation within the region.

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Research Positions

Every year we hire seasonal field biologists, crew leaders and bird banders to join us in our research in the beautiful Kern River Valley and in remote Mojave desert riparian areas. For the 2015 summer field season we currently have Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher research positions available. We are also looking for one full-time, permanent research associate (database and GIS specialist) to join our staff.


We offer annual training workshops on the current survey methods and natural history for the federally endangered Southwest Willow Flycatcher and the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a candidate species for federal protection. Our 2015 workshops have been scheduled and are filling up fast.