Avian Field Technician

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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking field technicians to support the Flagstaff, Arizona office’s riparian bird surveys along the lower Colorado River between Lake Mohave and Yuma, Arizona. These are temporary, hourly positions. Start date is March 19, 2018; end date will be in between June 5 and June 10. Due to survey protocol constraints, start and end dates are not flexible.

Compensation and Schedule: $17.51 per hour plus $4.27/hr fringe benefit. Work schedule is 10 days on (80 hours) and 4 days off. Housing and vehicles provided for the field. Mileage reimbursement is provided for work related use of personal vehicles. Positions will be filled as soon as qualified applicants are identified.

What you will accomplish

Duties will include conducting standardized area searches for all breeding birds along the lower Colorado River, using Toughpad tablets to collect data in the field. Computer data entry/processing required on a daily basis.

Experience and qualifications for success

Job Requirements: 

  • A minimum of one (1) field season of spot mapping, area searches, point count surveys, and/or behavioral nest searching for multiple passerine species
  • Ability to work closely with other biologists, have full hearing and color vision
  • Ability to stoop/crawl through dense vegetation and tolerance of hot temperatures, high humidity, and biting insects
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification
  • Current eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • A valid driver’s license

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with identification of southwestern U.S. riparian birds
  • Experience with ArcGIS and MS Access


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.



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