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Apply now Job no: 245906-TE
Work type: Remote, Temporary
Location: California
Categories: Research

Job Summary:

Up to ten field technicians are needed to undertake field work for bioacoustics research projects throughout National Forests in the Sierra Nevada region in California. This monitoring program uses autonomous recording units (ARUs) to survey for avifauna and provide information for several research and management programs studying forest owls and songbirds.
This multi-year research project focuses largely on the distribution of California spotted owls and the invasive barred owl, in order to provide information vital to the successful management of both species at broad spatial scales in the Sierra Nevada. Additional research is being conducted on the distributions of forest owls and songbirds across the range.
Start and end dates for this position are dependent on snowpack, but the season will likely run mid-April to late-July. Target start date of April 18, with the end date in mid-late July. Pay is $16-$18/hour depending on experience, plus per diem (up to $200/week) when fieldwork requires overnight camping.
A typical workweek is 40 hours, generally 4 days a week. Field housing will be provided, but frequent camping of several nights/week is required. Schedules will be irregular and will include a combination of field and office work. Field work consists of deploying and retrieving autonomous recording units throughout National Forest land. Most sites will be reached by vehicle via forest roads, but some technician positions will involve hiking to reach field sites. Office work can include, but is not limited to, data entry, downloading and managing acoustic data, and prepping and troubleshooting equipment. Other duties may include clearing roads of debris, and vehicle maintenance. Much of the work will be solitary, but group work and cooperative living will also be required. Technicians must be respectful of others as well as work and live together cooperatively.
Ideal applicants will have experience working in remote conditions; working solo in the field for days at a time; and driving 4wd vehicles on unmaintained, back country roads. Chainsaw certification is a plus.

The application deadline is 1 Feb, 2022, however we will review applicants and conduct interviews on a rolling basis. Please e-mail a cover letter stating why you are interested in a position, and a resume with at least three references and their contact information.

About the Job:

Research Technician (RE038)

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

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Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's degree in Wildlife or related field required or relevant field experience


-Applicants must be physically fit (i.e., able to walk long distances in steep terrain).
-Demonstrated ability to take detailed field notes and translate these into electronic databases.
-Ability to work alone and off-trail far from human settlements.
-Ability and confidence navigating unfamiliar terrain with a map, compass and GPS.
-Ability to safely operate 4-wheel-drive vehicles on backcountry roads
-A clean driving record is required.
-Must work and live cooperatively.


Drivers License - Valid and Meets UW Risk Management Standards
Valid driver's license; Applicants must become an approved UW-Madison driver through UW-Madison's driver authorization process. This requires meeting established driver authorization criteria listed at:
Chainsaw certification is a plus.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

UW-Madison employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to January 18, 2022 or the first day of employment, whichever comes later. An individual is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine or two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series. Medical or religious accommodations will be considered. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information:

Employees will be working entirely in California.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: % - %

This position is remote and requires work be performed at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Work Schedule:

A typical workweek is 40 hours, generally 4 days a week.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 3 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding


Minimum $16.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

How to Apply:

The application deadline is February 1, 2022, however we will review applicants and conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

Please click on the "Apply Online" button below to start the application process. Please also attach a current resume/CV, a cover letter stating why you are interested in this position, and at least 3
references with their contact information. Please attach this all in a single file.


Sonia Parker
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Research Technician(RE038)

Employment Class:

Temporary Employment

Job Number:


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