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. 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. Hiring for the 2017 field season should begin in February, 2017. We anticipate position openings for our Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, ripairan songbird and riparian restoration research projects.


We offer annual training workshops on the current survey methods and natural history for the federally endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, now a federally threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act. Registration for our 2017 workshops should begin around February or March 2017. Sign up early, our workshops fill up fast.