Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

2014 Research Opportunities

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO FIELD SUPERVISORS

Location: The lower Colorado River (LCR) and tributaries in Arizona, California, and Nevada

Duration: May to August (exact dates vary and are listed below)

Job Type: Seasonal

Application deadline: March 15, 2014

Number of Openings: 3

We are seeking three (3) field supervisors to assist with Yellow-billed Cuckoo research along the lower Colorado River from the Lake Mead area south to the US-Mexico Border. Join us for an exciting field season working in remote desert riparian areas with one of the most interesting and challenging birds of the Southwest.

Required Qualifications for all Supervisor positions: 1) at least one field season as an avian field supervisor (documented with references) and additional avian field work experience. 2) Must be enthusiastic, physically fit, able to work in high temperatures, and have a strong work ethic. 3) Solid field skills including ability to navigate using maps, compass and GPS, and riparian bird ID by sight/sound. 4) Computer skills including data management (MS Windows/Access/Excel) and basic mapping (ArcGIS). 5) A valid US driver's license and personal cell phone. 6) Dedication to collecting high quality data and willingness to solve problems and complete tasks effectively. Other desired skills/experience: 1) Working with Yellow-billed Cuckoos or other secretive forest birds. 2) Conducting call-playback surveys. 3) Nest-searching and monitoring. 4) Resighting color bands. 5) Banding and collecting blood samples from nestlings.

Supervisor 1
Primary duties: Primary duties will involve supervising 4 avian field biologists and managing related duties including logistics, data entry and management, creating GIS maps, progress reports, call-playback surveys, nest searching and monitoring. During the peak field season (July - August) the field supervisor will work long days, over 40 hours per week including early mornings and weekends as needed. The position will begin May 15 and end August 30. The salary is $2,800 per month and field housing and vehicles are provided. The field station is located in Parker, AZ.

Supervisor 2
Primary duties: Primary duties will involve supervising 2 biological field technicians and managing related duties including: logistics, data entry and management, creating GIS maps, bi-weekly reports, call-playback surveys, nest searching and monitoring. During the peak field season (July and August) the supervisor will work long days, over 40 hours per week including early mornings and weekends as needed. The position will begin May 15 and end August 20. The salary is $2,700 per month and field housing and vehicles are provided. The field station is located in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Supervisor 3
Primary duties: Primary duties will involve co-supervising 6-8 biological field technicians and managing related duties including: call-playback surveys, nest searching and monitoring. A large portion of this position will be supervising data collection, entry and proofing. During the peak field season (July and August) the crew leader will work over 40 hours per week including early mornings and weekends as needed. The position will begin May 15 and end August 30. The salary is $2,800 per month and field housing (Blythe CA) and vehicles are provided.

Job Description: All field work involves early mornings (rising early, driving or hiking pre-dawn). Data management is a daily requirement as data is entered and corrected daily and submitted bi-monthly. You may be required to travel or drive long distances to sites. Sites can be remote and some long hikes are required. You may encounter extreme temperatures, thick vegetation, wild animals, snakes, spiders and mosquitoes.

To Apply: Email a cover letter stating your interest in which supervisor position(s) and dates of availability, and a resume which includes names and current contact information (email and phone) of three references (please include your name in email subject and filenames of all attachments) to Diane Tracy (EM: dtracy.ssrs (at) gmail.com) by March 15. Hiring will begin as suitable applicants are identified and will continue until all positions are filled. Please make sure your references are able to comment on your field supervision and avian research capabilities. Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are unable to employ non US citizens without a current Employment Authorization Document (EAD). No pets are allowed.


YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO FIELD BIOLOGISTS

Location: The lower Colorado River (LCR) and tributaries in Arizona, California, and Nevada

Duration: June to August (exact dates vary and are listed below)

Job Type: Seasonal

Application deadline: March 30, 2014

Number of Openings: 12

Job Description: We are seeking 12 field assistants to conduct Yellow-billed Cuckoo field research on the lower Colorado River from the Lake Mead area south to the US-Mexico Border. Join us for an exciting field season working in remote desert riparian areas with one of the most interesting and challenging birds of the Southwest. Eight assistants are needed from June 1 to August 30 and four from June 15 to August 15 (dates are somewhat flexible).

Primary duties include conducting Yellow-billed Cuckoo call play-back surveys, nest searching, nest monitoring, resighting color-banded cuckoos, and data entry.

All technicians will work for 5 consecutive days followed by 2 days off, but they must be available to work any day each week with the understanding that the schedule is subject to change with little notice. We work 5-8 hours in the field per day in temperatures ranging from 80 to 110+ F. Daily data entry and proofing is required after returning from the field. Crews may be required to travel or drive long distances to sites. Sites can be remote and some long hikes are required. You may encounter extreme temperatures, dense vegetation, wild animals, snakes, spiders and mosquitoes. All field work involves early morning rising (driving or hiking in the dark). Housing and work vehicles provided. Positions will be based out of Lake Havasu City AZ, Parker AZ, and Blythe CA.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must be enthusiastic, physically fit, have a strong work ethic and excellent hearing and color vision. 2) At least one year of previous avian field work experience with skills in surveying, nest searching, resighting color-banded birds, and/or mist netting. 3) Meticulous data collection and data entry skills are expected. 4) Qualified applicants should be able to use a computer, map, compass, and GPS unit.5) Applicants must have a valid driver's license and a personal cell phone.

Highly qualified candidates will have: 1) Previous experience with Yellow-billed Cuckoos.2) A background working in desert environments conducting bird surveys, and the ability to identify (or quickly learn) western desert riparian birds by sight and sound. 3) Experience driving on rough dirt roads.

Monthly salary is $2300-$2600 depending on experience. Housing and field vehicles are provided.

To apply, email a cover letter stating your interest in the position and dates of availability, and a resume which includes names and current contact information (email and phone) of three references (please include your name in email subject and filenames of all attachments) to: Diane Tracy (EM: dtracy.ssrs (at) gmail.com) by March 30. Hiring will begin as suitable applicants are identified and will continue until all positions are filled. Please make sure your references are able to comment on your field supervision and avian research capabilities. Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We are unable to employ non US citizens without a current Employment Authorization Document (EAD). No pets are allowed.


SOUTHWESTERN WILLOW FLYCATCHER FIELD ASSISTANTS

Location: The South Fork of the Kern River situated in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada in southern California

Duration: May to late-August. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible

Job Type: Seasonal

Application deadline: Applications should be submitted by 21 April 2014.

Number of Openings: 3

Job Description: Three field assistants are needed to assist with research on a population of Southwestern Willow Flycatchers 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 SSRS Kern Yellow-billed Cuckoo research. The study site is situated in the foothills of the southern Sierra Nevada. Join us to work in this beautiful valley with these challenging birds.

Assistants will participate in wifl population surveys, nest searching, target netting, resighting color-banded birds, cowbird trapping, vegetation sampling, and data entry. Probable cuckoo work involves conducting cuckoo surveys, assisting in banding, and nest searching. Enthusiasm for fieldwork, persistence, and ability to deal with hard 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 May to late-August. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Housing and work vehicles are provided and salaries are $1,500-$1,800/month for Assistants, according to experience.

Applicants should email a cover letter stating their interest in the position, dates of availability, a resume, and names and contact information (email and phone) of three references to: Mary Whitfield (mjwhitfield.ssrs AT gmail.com) at the Southern Sierra Research Station (www.southernsierraresearch.org) by 21 April. The Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


FLAMMULATED OWL RESERACH VOLUNTEERS

Location: The Southern Sierra Nevada surrounding the the Kern River Valley in southern California.

Duration: May to July.

Job Type: Volunteer

Research Description: Research volunteers are needed to assist us in conducting nocturnal owl surveys. The study aims to determine the presence or absence of these diminutive owls using call broadcast surveys in the various habitats of the southern Sierra Nevada. Volunteers will be trained in our survey protocols and shown how to use SSRS equipment required for the surveys.

Interested volunteers should send an email to our volunteer coordinator: Jenna Stanek (jestanek.ssrs AT gmail.com) at the Southern Sierra Research Station (www.southernsierraresearch.org). The Southern Sierra Research Station is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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