Southern Sierra Research Station

...conserving biological diversity through research

2017 Research Opportunities


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


Riparian Songbird Survey Technician


Location: Weldon, CA

Dates of Employment: mid-May 2017 to late-August 2017, dates flexible

Application deadline: February, 2017.

Number of Openings: 1

Job Description: The Southern Sierra Research Station (SSRS) is looking for one seasonal full-time field 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 biologist will conduct avian surveys and monitor other songbirds to assess response to restoration efforts. This work includes avian point counts, spot mapping, single species surveys (Willow Flycatcher and Yellow-billed Cuckoo), and vegetation sampling. Data entry and proofing will also be a main job duty. As this is an ongoing restoration project, the biologist may also assist in restoration work such as watering of native vegetation and removal of weeds and non-native vegetation.

The applicant is expected to work well as a team member, and independently, to accomplish project tasks on schedule. The biologist will also have opportunities to work on other projects and will be expected to take on responsibilities that are not directly related to the main research project including monitoring brown-headed cowbird traps, checking Flammulated Owl nest boxes, and assisting with a MAPS songbird banding station.

Required Qualifications: include experience identifying western birds 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 required. Applicants must be in good physical condition, as long hours in the field will be required in sometimes difficult terrain.

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: 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-$2,100/month DOE. 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