Avian Field Biologist Position

Klamath Bird Observatory seeks to fill a position with primary responsibilities to support ongoing long-term avian monitoring and applied ecology studies that advance bird conservation. The Biologist will have a primary role in one to several projects and a support role in other research and monitoring studies. Implementation of field studies is a primary responsibility; hiring, training, supervising seasonal field crews, and managing field logistics. This includes developing and coordinating with project partners and private landowners, data management, and analysis and reporting. Field studies may include multiple avian survey methodologies such as point count, nest searching, mist-netting, bird banding, and species-specific survey protocols. The Biologist will complete field surveys as needed. In addition, the Biologist will support all aspects of KBO’s operations on an as-need basis.

Minimum Qualifications
• Combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in the Natural Sciences and a minimum of two years of field experience and one year of project management.
• Experience in field studies, preferably with avian monitoring techniques, and willingness to work as a team member for a growing non-profit organization.
• Good physical condition with the ability and positive attitude to work in rough terrain, in inclement weather, in areas with poison oak, ticks, biting/stinging insects, rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars.
• Willingness to travel and work remotely on a regular basis.
• Must provide and maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and meet minimum driving record and insurance requirements.
• Effective until further notice, KBO will require that all Employees and Student Interns be fully vaccinated for COVID‐19, and be able to provide proof of vaccination status.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Two seasons of point count experience and proficient with identification of western birds by sight and sound
• North American Banding Council Trainer‐level certification, or the equivalent in songbird banding and mist-netting training ability and experience
• Experience with avian monitoring methodologies and familiarity with research design
• Knowledge of avian natural history and ecology
• Experience implementing field studies, specifically avian studies
• Experience with intern management or supervision of field crews
• Experience with fundamental statistics and analysis of avian data
• Good oral and written communication skills, including technical science writing
• Ability to represent KBO to partners and the public
• Experience with public speaking
• Experience with data management and analysis programs (Access/Excel/R/PCord or Primer)
• Experience with ArcGIS
• Good attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a busy work environment
• Ability to work with others, both internally and externally
• Ability to collect meticulous data
• Ability and positive attitude to work long days in the field beginning before sunrise
• Ability and positive attitude to hike in rough and steep terrain in inclement weather, in areas with poison oak, ticks, biting and stinging insects, rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars
• Ability to drive on unmarked narrow forest roads
• Experience with fleet management and supply maintenance

Full Avian Biologist Job Description

Annual salary $38,000 with a 15% cash benefit (in lieu of healthcare and retirement).

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for 3 references to crg@klamathbird.org

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