Each summer our conservation team hires three seasonal technicians to help conduct bottomland forest bird surveys along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. This three-month long position is a great opportunity for college and recently graduated students to gain crucial field experience for biology and conservation-based careers.
- Navigate study points using GPS and other orienteering methods
- Predominately collect detailed information on bird species locations, timing, and movements
- Record measurements on data sheets and/or field notebook computers
- Meticulously enter data into computer databases
- Collect, record, summarize, organize, and/or file data using various standardized data collection procedures and equipment
- Facilitate monitoring and logistics; this includes putting together survey equipment, assisting in transportation to and from survey sites (by boat and by car), scheduling, etc.
- Act as a team lead and coordinate part-time biological techs and volunteers during surveys
Qualifications and Experience:
- Working to or currently have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural sciences, or related field required
- Prior experience conducting biological surveys is preferred
- Familiarity with identifying Midwestern songbirds by sight and sound is preferred
- Familiarity with avian point count surveys is preferred
- Willingness and flexibility to work early morning hours, weekends, or holidays
- Strong attention to detail and data entry skills
- Strong organization and communication skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
- Must hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle
- Ability to operate light trucks and boats with outboard motors desired but not required
- Boating experience desired but not required
- Ability to work for prolonged periods of time, with or without accommodation, under difficult field conditions such as rugged or muddy terrain, thick grass, forest undergrowth, high temps/humidity, and biting insects
- Ability to lift and carry weights up to 25 lbs., with or without accommodations
- Ability to bend, crouch, stoop, and reach with or without accommodations
Applications are typically posted around January. Applicants are reviewed until all positions are filled.
All positions are paid ($15 to $18/hr depending on lead or regular technician positions) and part-time. Some weekend and holiday work may be required. Housing is not included.
How to apply:
Go to https://audubon.org/careers and submit your application for any of our Lead Biological Technician or Biological Technicians positions. Cover letters are highly recommended.
Contact Tara Hohman with questions: Tara.Hohman@audubon.org