Field Technician – Raptor nest entry technician
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The Peregrine Fund protects the Earth’s >500 species of raptors, partnering with local people on five continents to inspire action and preserve essential habitat. Support comes from donors, corporations, and government grants. We were founded in 1970 to rescue the Peregrine Falcon from extinction by pioneering ways to breed and release them across North America. With that historic success, our mission grew to encompass all raptor species worldwide. Today we:
- Restore critically endangered species
- Research little-known species
- Train and support students
- Engage all ages with environmental education
- Conserve habitat
The Peregrine Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The successful applicant will be required to complete a background screening before final offer of employment is made.
The Peregrine Fund is searching for a seasonal field technician to assist with nest entries and camera installations at Gyrfalcon nests in western Alaska, for the spring/summer of 2021. The technician will accompany Peregrine Fund staff as they hike to Gyrfalcon territories, locate occupied nests, build rappelling anchors from rebar, and help handle and band nestling Gyrfalcons. The position requires a highly skilled wildlife biologist capable of working in remote and rugged conditions and will require tenacity, creative thinking, and adaptability. All research will occur on the Seward Peninsula, near Nome, Alaska and will require the technician to reside in Nome from May 1 – mid/late July. The technician will also be expected to help with data entry as time permits. We tend to work long and irregular hours based on weather because persistent rain events can greatly limit working hours. Although we work hard, we strive to provide technicians with fun and exciting experiences. This position offers the opportunity to work in Alaska tundra landscape with one of the most quintessential Arctic raptor species as well as fantastic scenery, birding, and wildlife viewing.
A small cabin outside of Nome, Alaska will function as a basecamp. This basecamp will be shared by four people and everyone is expected to be considerate and contribute to household chores including filling water tanks, cleaning, staying organized, cooking dinners, taking trash to the dump, and emptying the honey bucket. Camp does have electricity, but no cell phone service or internet. We have bunk beds but the technician is expected to bring a sleeping bag and all field clothing. Applicants must be able to coexist with others in this small housing situation, which requires direct communication and flexibility by all housemates. Housing is provided by employer as well as airfare to and from Nome, food, and transportation while in Nome.
Duration: Approximately 1 May to mid/late-July
Application deadline: 31 January 2021 –applications will be reviewed the following week.
RESPONSIBILITES AND SCOPE
- Hike up to 10 miles a day on difficult terrain carrying a heavy backpack, including on snowshoes.
- Help to find occupied nest sites, setup anchors for repelling into nests, handle and band nestlings, and maintain a safe working environment at all times.
- Carefully record data in the field and enter data into database at camp.
- Safely cross rivers; in waders and pack rafts
- Drive a 4WD pickup and ATV
- Perform all duties safely including taking precautions to avoid contact with wildlife
- Navigate to nest sites and back to vehicle
- Be a respectful and helpful teammate and housemate
- Potentially assist with prey survey point counts as needed
- Applicants must demonstrate excellent field capabilities – including the ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in difficult field conditions to include below-freezing weather, strong winds, rain, and mosquitoes.
- Excellent physical condition – able to carry heavy backpacks (full of climbing gear) in uneven and difficult terrain, and to enjoy all aspects of remote fieldwork.
- Experience in outdoor rock climbing, mountaineering, or rappelling. At a minimum, qualified applicants should have experience setting up rappelling anchors and have experience working around cliffs.
- Applicants should have ample experience handling raptors.
- Ability to get along with co-workers in the field and at camp is a must. We strive for open communication and flexibility amongst our crew because we want everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy the field season.
- Backpacking and backcountry navigation.
- U.S. driver’s license and ability to drive 4WD.
- Legal status to work in the USA
- Bear safety training or experience in brown bear country
- Knowledge of safe use of an ATV.
- Experience pulling a trailer.
- Photography skills a plus.
- Experience living in a small space and contributing to household chores (e.g., cooking, emptying the honey bucket) with a variety of people.
- A stipend equal to ($1655) per month is offered, plus airfare to and from Nome, lodging, groceries, and all travel within Nome.
Send via email a single file attachment (PDF preferred) including: a cover letter clearly stating your qualifications, resume or CV, and contact information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Attn: Mike H.” somewhere in the subject line or in the first few lines of the email text. Name the file, “LastName_FirstName_Nest entry technician.”