Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

2017 Research Opportunities


Riparian Songbird Survey Technician


Location: Weldon, CA

Dates of Employment: mid-April to late-August. End date is somewhat flexible

Application deadline: Applications should be submitted by 28 February 2017 for full consideration.

Number of Openings: 1

Job Description: The Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is looking for one seasonal full-time riparian songbird survey technician in Weldon, California. Primary duties will involve work on a riparian restoration project on the South Fork Kern River, Kern County, CA, which is located in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada. The technician will conduct avian surveys and monitor other special status species (Pond turtles, Monarch Butterflies, Tricolored Blackbirds) to assess response to restoration efforts. Avian surveys include spot mapping, avian point counts, single species surveys (Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Willow Flycatcher), and vegetation sampling. Data entry and proofing will also be a main job duty.

Depending on adequate experience and interest secondary duties may include assisting with research on a population of Southwestern Willow Flycatchers as a crew leader. Field and leadership experience (at least 3 field seasons and/or previous experience as a crew leader) are required. The crew leader will be responsible for: 1) following field survey protocols, 2) making sure surveys and follow up are conducted accordingly, 3) checking entered data, 4) being able to coordinate activities of up to 5 people working on several projects, and 5) regularly communicating with both their crew and project supervisors.

Required Qualifications: Must be able to identify western songbirds by sight and sound, familiarity with western flora, a valid driver's license, and attention to detail is a must. Training for all survey protocols will be provided, but prior bird identification skills are required. Applicants with prior experience performing avian point count surveys and spot mapping will be given preference. Applicants must be in good physical condition, as long hours in the field will be required in sometimes difficult terrain.

The applicant is expected to work well as a team member, and independently, to accomplish project tasks on schedule. The technician will also have opportunities to work on other projects including Brown-headed Cowbird trapping, Flammulated Owl nest box checking, and assistance on a MAPS banding station.

Applicants should email a single file (word or pdf) which includes 1) cover letter stating their interest in the position, dates of availability, 2) a resume, and 3) names and contact information (email and phone) of three references to: Jenna Stanek at the following email address: jobs.ssrs@gmail.com. Include your name in the file name of your attachment (e.g. Darwin_C_application.doc). The Southern Sierra Research Station (www.southernsierraresearch.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary: is $1,900-$2,300/month DOE and crew leader position attainment. Housing and field vehicle are provided. Shared housing is provided at the Research Station headquarters in Weldon, CA.

Contact Person: Jenna Stanek

Contact Phone: 760-378-3345

Contact e-mail: jobs.ssrs@gmail.com


Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Field Assistants


Location: Weldon, CA

Dates of Employment: May 15, 2017 to late-August 2017, end date flexible

Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

Number of Openings: 3

Job Description: Three field assistants are needed to assist with Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (WIFL) research along the South Fork of the Kern River in southern California. The study aims to understand factors affecting population dynamics and breeding success of this endangered subspecies. We also anticipate opportunities for field assistants to assist in Kern Yellow-billed Cuckoo and other songbird research. The study site is situated in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada.

Assistants will participate in WIFL population surveys, nest searching, target netting, resighting color-banded birds, cowbird trapping, vegetation sampling, data entry, and data proofing. The field assistants will have opportunities to work on other projects and will be expected to take on responsibilities that are not directly related to the WIFL research project. Possibilities include conducting cuckoo surveys, songbird nest searching, Flammulated Owl nest box checking, riparian restoration work (removal of weeds and non-native vegetation), and assistance with a MAPS bird banding station.

Required Qualifications: include a Bachelor's degree in biology or a related discipline and a valid driver's license. Preferred skills include experience in bird monitoring and/or identification of southwestern U.S. riparian birds, however, enthusiasm for fieldwork, persistence, and ability to deal with difficult field conditions (extreme heat, rough, uneven terrain) are more important than past experience or specific knowledge.

All applicants must be able to work independently and as part of a team. The positions will last from mid-May to late-August; Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

Applicants should email a single file (word or pdf) which includes 1) cover letter stating their interest in the position, dates of availability, 2) a resume, and 3) names and contact information (email and phone) of three references to: Mary Whitfield at the following email address: jobs.ssrs@gmail.com. Include your name in the file name of your attachment (e.g. Darwin_C_application.doc). The Southern Sierra Research Station (www.southernsierraresearch.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary: is $1,500-$1,800/month DOE. Housing and field vehicle are provided. Shared housing is provided at the Research Station headquarters in Weldon, CA.

Contact Person: Mary Whitfield

Contact Phone: 760-378-3345

Contact e-mail: jobs.ssrs@gmail.com