American Bird Conservancy is hiring a
American Bird Conservancy
Rangeland Monitoring and Bird Point Count Technicians (2)
Location: Texas OR Oklahoma
Duration: April 17 – June 16
Job Type: Temporary Position
Salary: Monthly salary $3,200 with field housing included
Application Deadline: Until Filled
American Bird Conservancy and partners of the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) are hiring rangeland monitoring and bird point count technicians to survey grassland/rangeland conservation projects on private lands. Projects were initially designed to create and improve grassland habitat for priority grassland birds and other priority wildlife through implemented habitat management practices. Technicians will collect vegetation data on these sites using the line-point intercept and canopy gap methods following protocols similar to Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy and the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Natural Resources Inventory (NRI). Plant identification will be an important part of this data collection, as detecting changes in plant communities over time is integral to the project’s success. Additionally, technicians will perform grassland bird point counts to assess responses of birds to habitat management practices and vegetative change. Technicians will be trained together in monitoring methods and then split into two crews. Surveys will be performed with one crew in north Texas and with another crew in Oklahoma. There is also the potential to survey additional sites pending the speed and success of the field season, which may include portions of central and southern Texas. Successful candidates will have Texas/Oklahoma plant ID experience, experience with plant and/or rangeland surveys, bird identification skills, and a strong, independent work ethic.
Vegetation surveys following the line-point intercept method, canopy gap method, and additional measures of vegetation and rangeland health.
Identification of common plant species and plant species considered a priority to habitat management of grasslands. Other species will be identified to key functional groups.
Early-morning points counts on private lands to survey bird communities (will require hiking and coordination with landowners and biologists to access).
Coordinating with local biologists, OPJV staff, and landowners to gain access to private and public lands as needed. Additionally, coordinating with biologists to receive local training on plant ID, bird ID, protocol updates, etc. as needed.
Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperatures, exposure to the elements (sun, wind, rain), intense hiking, active cattle pastures, venomous snakes, cactus, chiggers, ticks, etc.).
Housing will be arranged and may include AirBnB/VRBO, trailers, camping, bunkhouses, hotels, and other forms of field housing. As such, candidates should be flexible about housing, are expected to adhere to current health advisories, and will be respectful of those around them.
Technicians will regularly be interacting with Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partner organizations/agencies and landowners. As such, technicians must have excellent interpersonal skills as they will be expected to represent the OPJV and may be required to professionally interact with landowners in person or over the phone.
Technicians are required to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites.
*Note that road conditions may be difficult in some areas depending on weather.
This is an opportunity to be part of a large-scale grassland conservation effort involving partner conservation agencies and organizations in Texas and Oklahoma. Many of the sites visited have not been surveyed previously, so flexibility and patience will be an asset.
If you have trouble, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to HR@abcbirds.org
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
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