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  • Avian Technician

    Job Locations US-ID
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/31/2019 4:34 PM)
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  • Overview

    The Environmental, Surveillance, Education, and Research Program at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site is seeking two individuals to work as technicians monitoring sage-grouse and ravens. Positions are temporary full-time, with an anticipated employment period from 11 March to 17 May, 2019. Start and end dates may be flexible. Technicians will report at the beginning and end of each day to our Idaho Falls office. Daily field work will be conducted at the INL Site, located 45 miles west of Idaho Falls.


    Technicians will be required to arrive at the office in Idaho Falls at 4:00–4:30 a.m., Monday-Friday, and will work up to 40 hours/week. Each individual will spend most of the day working independently, often in remote areas. Primary responsibilities include systematically searching for new sage-grouse leks, counting the number of sage-grouse on leks, surveying powerlines and other infrastructure for raven nests, and recording pertinent information on handheld GPS units.


    Applicants should have a strong background in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, rangeland science, or related natural resources field. Preference will be given to applicants with field experience and bird identification skills.  Because of the remote field site, successful candidates will be mature, responsible, and able to work with minimum supervision. Successful candidates must have the stamina and skill to spend most of each day safely navigating a 4x4 truck over extremely rough roads in all types of weather and to occasionally hike up to an hour over rugged terrain in the dark. They must be capable of hearing vocalizations and observing courtship behaviors of sage-grouse at distances of up to 800 meters, be able to lift and carry objects that weigh up to 50 pounds, including a backpack, and kneel or squat for extended periods of time. They must also be U.S. citizens and possess a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

    To apply, please upload a cover letter and resume. Cover letter and resume may be submitted online as one electronic file. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2019 and remain open until the postions are filled.


    For general information on the Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research Program, visit  


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