Seasonal Biological Technician

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Position Summary:
Audubon Connecticut and New York is seeking two full-time Seasonal Biological Technicians to conduct forest breeding bird surveys in the Allegheny Highlands of NY and PA, and northeastern NY. The Seasonal Biological Technicians will conduct point-count and vegetation surveys in forested areas in the spring and early summer. The Technicians will also enter point-count and vegetation survey data. The positions start May 10th and could last until June 30th (dates may vary due to weather conditions). Housing is not provided. Applicants will be accepted until the position is filled.

This position is remote with a preference for being based in the Allegheny Highlands of NY and PA, and Washington County, New York region.

$20.00 / hour
Essential Functions:
  • Navigate to points using GPS applications and other orienteering methods.
  • Correctly identify forest birds by sight or sound.
  • Follow a protocol to conduct bird point count surveys and collect detailed information on bird species locations, timing, and movements.
  • Follow a protocol to conduct vegetation surveys at point count plots: identify tree and shrub species, including non-native and/or invasive plants; measure tree diameter-at-breast height; estimate canopy cover at multiple levels; calculate basal area using a prism (10 factor) Measuring or assessing additional forest characteristics may be required.
  • Accurately record bird and vegetation data on data sheets.
  • Meticulously enter data into computer databases.
  • Collect, record, summarize, organize, and/or file data using various standardized data collection procedures and equipment.
  • Assist with facilitation of monitoring and logistics. This may include planning and scheduling travel to point count locations and timely completion of data entry.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Working toward or currently have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural sciences, or related field desired.
  • 2-3 years of experience conducting forest bird point-count and vegetation surveys in northeastern forests.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work early morning hours.
  • Thorough attention to detail and data entry skills.
  • Thorough organization and communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license. This position requires regular travel to point count locations and using rental vehicles (Audubon covers the cost of rental vehicles and will reimburse gas for rental vehicles).
  • Ability to work for prolonged periods of time, with or without accommodation, under difficult field conditions such as rugged or muddy terrain, forest undergrowth, high temps/humidity, and biting insects.
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