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Job Announcement - Biological Field Technician – Gyrfalcon Prey Surveys, Alaska


Biological Field Technician – Gyrfalcon Prey Surveys, Alaska


Program Supervisor


Nome, Alaska






Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide


The Peregrine Fund protects the Earth’s >500 species of raptors, partnering with local people on five continents to inspire action and pre serve 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 recruiting for two positions as seasonal field technicians to perform prey surveys in western Alaska, in conjunction with our research on Gyrfalcons. Technicians will conduct early morning point counts and line transects for Gyrfalcon prey species, including shorebirds, song birds, ptarmigan, and small mammals. The position requires a highly skilled wildlife biologist capable of working in remote and rugged conditions.

This position offers unparalleled scenery, exciting fieldwork, and a unique Alaska experience, but applicants must understand that field conditions will include the best and worst that Alaska has to offer, and long hours are required. Backcountry and truck camping are a necessary and common part of the job (tents are provided). Importantly, technicians will be in a wide range of field conditions including hiking in standing water in early spring, river crossings, and cold temperatures in remote settings. Applicants will often work an abnormal work schedule, with a daily schedule of 3:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on certain days.

When time allows, technicians will accompany Peregrine Fund and Alaska Fish and Game biologists on raptor nest visits of Gyrfalcons and Golden Eagles. This position is a great opportunity to conduct challenging field work in an exciting landscape.

Duration: Approximately 1 May to 31 July (dates depend on weather and on Gyrfalcon phenology).

Application deadline: 15 January 2020 – but applications reviewed as they are received.


  • Conduct point count and line transect surveys for prey (primarily ptarmigan, songbirds, shorebirds, rodents) of Arctic-nesting Gyrfalcons and other raptors
  • Accurately identify birds by songs, calls, and sight (additional training provided)
  • Careful collection and reporting of data as well as data entry.
  • Hiking around 10 miles per day across snow and tundra
  • Safely cross rivers in waders and pack rafts
  • Drive a 4WD pickup and ATV
  • Frequent backcountry and truck camping
  • Perform all duties safely including taking precautions to avoid contact with wildlife
  • Navigate to predetermined survey points using a handheld GPS unit
  • Be a respectful and helpful teammate and housemate


  • Excellent and demonstrated ability to ID birds and mammals of Alaska by sight and sound. Some additional training will be provided.
  • Applicants must possess excellent field capabilities and the ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in severe field conditions to include below-freezing weather, strong winds, and clouds of mosquitoes.
  • Excellent physical condition, able to carry heavy backpacks over uneven terrain in inclement weather, and to enjoy all aspects of remote fieldwork.
  • Ability to get along with a co-worker and project volunteers while maintaining a positive attitude is a must.
  • Backpacking and backcountry navigation.
  • U.S. driver’s license and ability to drive 4WD.
  • Legal status to work in the USA


  • Bear safety training.
  • Knowledge of safe use of an ATV.
  • Experience pulling a trailer.
  • Photography skills a plus.
  • Practice living in a small space and contributing to household chores (e.g., cooking, emptying the honey bucket) with a variety of people.


  • Pay will be approximately $1630/month DOE plus airfare, lodging, quality food, and all travel in Nome.

To apply:

Send via email a single file attachment (PDF preferred) including: a cover letter clearly stating your qualifications, resume, and contact information for 3 references to HIRING MANAGER Name the file, “LastName_FirstName_AlaskaPreyTechnician.”