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Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats in the Great Basin and the northern Mojave Desert. This mission shall be accomplished through partnerships, public education, and applied research.

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  • It's time to plan for spring field jobs!

    SIX (6) AVIAN RESEARCH TECHNICIANS needed for songbird and habitat surveys in Nevada's backcountry between April 21 and July 23, 2014 for Great Basin Bird Observatory. Half season appointments are also possible. Duties include bird surveys via point counts and area searches, vegetation surveys, and data entry. Qualifications needed include experience identifying western birds by sight and sound; ability to collect field data under challenging conditions (heat, cold, remote sites); familiarity with western flora; working knowledge of MS Excel for data entry; valid drivers license and experience driving 4wd vehicles. Training workshop for all survey protocols will be provided, but prior bird identification skills a must. Applicants must be in good physical condition, as long hours in field will be required in sometimes difficult terrain. Ability to work independently and in remote locations is a must. Compensation: up to $2200/month (depending on experience). Housing will be provided in some areas, but remote camping will be required on a regular basis. To apply, please submit your resume and references by email to ballard AT

    AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS and CREW LEADERS (8-12) needed to conduct landbird surveys on the lower Colorado River for Great Basin Bird Observatory. The field season will begin mid-March and run through mid-June, 2014. Are you interested in adventure, amazing birds, and exploring the desert? Are you excited about hot temperatures, dense riparian vegetation, wet feet, and amazing desert wildlife? If you are answering yes, this may be your ticket to a long and early summer in the Southwest. Duties will include area searches of all birds (up to 200 species of resident and migrant birds), avian territory mapping, and data entry in Microsoft Access and ArcGIS. Applicants /must/ have at least 1 field season of experience surveying passerines by sight and sound (preferably southwestern birds), the ability to hike in hot and strenuous conditions, good communication skills, and a willingness to live and work with a large field crew. Applicants /must/ be available from 10 March (required start date March 23 at the latest) through 15 June, 2014. Couples with experience are encouraged to apply. Surveyors will be hired as seasonal temporary GBBO employees and paid $1800-$2200/month depending on experience. Field vehicles and housing (combination of field house/apartment and some camping) will be provided. Please send a brief cover letter (highlighting bird survey experience and the date you could begin work) and resume (including the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 3 references) to AMY LEIST (email leist AT by Dec. 31, 2013.

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