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Full-Time Field Technician

The primary responsibility of the Field Technician is to support avian long-term monitoring and applied ecology studies within the context of Klamath Bird Observatory’s mission to advance bird and habitat conservation. The applicant should be excited to contribute to the many facets of field research both during and outside of the avian field season. The Field Technician will assist with managing day to day operations of our seasonal field crews and implement avian surveys (e.g., point count, banding, nest search). The Field Technician will provide project support in data entry, data management, GIS, report writing, and other tasks. Applicants should be flexible to take on odd jobs as needed.

Salary: $30,928 plus a 15% cash benefit (in lieu of health/retirement benefits)

Location: Ashland, Oregon; regular travel required

Application: Send a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Sam Webb (

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin March 1st and continue until filled

Job Duties (to include, but not limited to):

  • Assist KBO Research Biologist(s) with oversight and implementation of seasonal field crews
  • Assist with point count field training, including a two-week training at the onset of the field season and/or ongoing training throughout the season as determined by project needs annually.
  • Implement point count surveys as needed. The extent of field work will vary from year to year.
  • Assist with constant effort mist-netting and bird banding, depending on qualifications.
  • Assist with other field studies as needed (e.g., nest-searching, target-netting)
  • Complete data entry and data management, including quality control checks
  • Provide project support in data entry, data management, data analysis, GIS, report writing, and other tasks
  • Contribute to the management of a fleet of field vehicles throughout the year
  • Complete odd jobs (e.g., facility maintenance, office organization) as needed
  • Communicate about KBO’s science to partners and community
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling of inclusive behaviors, and proactive management of bias


  • Two or more years of relevant field experience
  • One or more full seasons of avian point count experience and proficiency with the identification of Western birds by sight and sound
  • Experience with other avian field methodologies preferable (e.g., banding, nest-searching)
  • Willingness to work independently or in a small team, camping regularly from May to October for fieldwork
  • Experience with navigating remote roads and orienteering to survey sites
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness and problem-solving in the field and with office tasks.
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Basic computer skills and understanding of file management
  • Proficient with data entry and data management (Access, Excel)
  • Ability to represent KBO’s non-advocacy approach of conservation-relevant science to partners and the public
  • Willingness to manage field residences, including regular maintenance and rigorous implementation of established pest management protocols
  • Must provide and maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and meet minimum driving record and insurance requirements
  • In-person work and regular travel will be necessary when public health guidelines allow

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