Date: 4/2/18 11:43 am From: Cody Porter <empidonaxdvg...> Subject: [cobirds] Crossbill field technician needed
I'm looking to hire 1-2 people to help me out with crossbill fieldwork this
coming late summer-fall and winter-spring. See below for more details.
Please pass on to any groups/individuals that this might be of interest to.
*AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS (1-2 positions)* needed late July – late October
(2018) and early January – late April (2019) to collect data on
reproductive isolation and feeding ecology of red crossbill call types in
the central Rocky Mountain region. The exact location of fieldwork will be
determined in mid-summer as conifer cone crops develop. Previous fieldwork
has been conducted in the Pike National Forest and Grand Mesa National
Forest of Colorado, the Medicine Bow National Forest of Wyoming, and the
Wasatch National Forest of Utah. Fieldwork in 2018/2019 will likely be in
these or nearby locations.
Qualified candidates will possess strong skills for identifying birds by
sight and sound and observing bird behavior. Fieldwork will critically
depend on the ability to identify red crossbill call types by sound
(training will be provided). Technicians will also need to be physically
fit and capable of hiking long distances while carrying binoculars, a
spotting scope, and audio recording equipment. Fieldwork will take place in
rugged and remote high elevation conifer forests and will include long
periods of working alone. In the late summer-fall period, camping will be
required. Housing will be provided in the winter-spring period. Technicians
will need to have a valid driver’s license and their own vehicle for
transportation to and around the field site. Mileage will be reimbursed.
The ability to identify common conifers of the Rockies (namely lodgepole
pine, ponderosa pine, Engelmann spruce, and Douglas-fir) is also important,
but can be taught.
Primary duties include finding and making audio recordings of mated
crossbill pairs, using field surveys to estimate the relative frequency of
different call types in different habitats, behavioral observations of
crossbills to assess breeding and pair formation, measuring feeding rates
of crossbills using a spotting scope and stopwatch, and conducting playback
experiments of crossbill vocalizations in the field to assess flocking
Compensation is $1,500-2,000/month, depending on experience. Applicants may
apply to work during one or both time periods.