Conservation InSight

Employment Opportunities ~ Seasonal Positions

Avian Field Technicians (2) - Portland, OR

We are currently seeking AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIANS (2) to join our team for the 2019 field season to assist with a grassland bird monitoring project at Powell Butte Nature Park in Portland, OR. This position is part-time and temporary: 15 April 2019 – 12 July 2019 (2-3 days/wk). Salary: $15.00/hr (no benefits). 

We are looking for applicants who are detail-oriented, organized, able to work as part of a team, and who are enthusiastic about working outside in all weather conditions. 


Previous avian research experience is desired; however, college students without prior field experience who are enrolled in a degree program in a relevant field are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must have the ability to identify western birds by sight and sound. Candidates with prior experience conducting point count surveys using distance sampling and who have experience entering data in MS Access will be given stronger consideration.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

· Conducting early-morning point count surveys

· Locating and monitoring nests in grassland habitat

· Territory mapping using handheld GPS devices

· Assistance with mist-netting and banding birds

· Data entry and management

· Some outreach

Fieldwork will be conducted in early mornings (beginning pre-dawn) 2-3 days/wk; afternoons will be spent entering data, maintaining equipment, and conducting outreach (e.g., writing blogs or developing social media posts). Total hours worked anticipated to be 16-24 hrs/wk. Applicants must provide their own transportation to Powell Butte Nature Park. Applicants should be physically fit and able to carry 20-50 pounds of field equipment at times.

To apply: 

Send a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Tom Virzi, along with a resume and three references (include names, emails, and phone numbers) to Please include “Powell Butte Fieldtech” in the subject line of your email. Deadline to apply: April 7, 2019.