[CT Birds] Forest Bird Field Technician Positions available with Audubon CT

Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
Wed Feb 17 10:44:45 EST 2016

Dear CT Birding Community,

In 2014 and 2015, Audubon Connecticut, a state office of the National Audubon Society, in partnership with the CT Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), the CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and a service forester, provided habitat assessments to 80 landowners interested in managing their woods with bird in mind.  During an assessment, an Audubon biologist recorded current bird use and assessed habitat availability.  A team from the CAES collected quantitative data on forest structure, while the service forester completed a qualitative assessment and helped translate bird habitat recommendations into forestry techniques.  

This summer, Audubon CT is seeking 2 field technicians to return to the properties assessed in 2014 and 2015 to conduct standardized bird surveys.  The data collected during these surveys and the quantitative data collected during the assessments will be used to model forest bird distribution and abundance, allowing us to better understand the habitat preferences of focal species. Field technicians would start May 9th and work until July 22nd.  The technicians will work 35 hours per week and will be reimbursed for travel.  Pay is $12/hr and housing is available in Sharon, CT.  This project is funded by the United State Forest Service.

Essential Functions: 	
. Create maps of properties showing bird survey points.
. Flag survey points and routes for volunteers assisting with the project. 
. The technicians will conducted point counts at 10-15 locations each.  Each location (many are in Northwest CT) will be visited twice during the breeding season (May 20th - July 1st).   Surveys will take place just after sunrise; with travel to sites, the field technicians should expect to start their day by 5am. 
. The technicians will engage landowners who wish to come along during bird surveys and
. Enter data collected by field techs and volunteers into an excel spreadsheet.  

 Qualifications and Experience: 
. Field techs must be able to identify forest breeding birds of CT by sight and sound. Previous experience conducting point counts preferred. 
. Ability to work independently in the field. Field techs must be comfortable going off trail and able to locate survey points using a GPS unit and map. 
. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and strong data collection and organizational skills.
. Flexibility in schedule, that accommodates various weather conditions, and good communication skills are important.
. Experience as an educator or in outreach and AcGIS skills are desired, but not essential.
. Must have valid driver's license and safe driving record and undergo criminal background check as per Audubon's policy; 

To apply, visit www.audubon.org, move your mouse over "About Us", then click on "careers".  Scroll down to Career Opportunities and click on "current opportunities".

Thank you,
Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe

IBA Program Coordinator
Audubon Connecticut
Cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org

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