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PAS is seeking an experienced biological field technician to conduct protocol level surveys for a
variety of species including western and Clark’s Grebe nesting surveys, Osprey nesting surveys,
Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog surveys, with potential for additional project work. This position is
full time throughout the survey period and requires residence in Plumas County. The biological field
technician will work closely with the Project Manager and Field Coordinator to ensure that surveys
are conducted in accordance with recommended protocols and that data is recorded and
documented accurately. The biological field technician may work independently or with other crew
members. All employees will receive training throughout their employment.

Field work for this position will be primarily on Plumas National Forest lands in California’s Sierra
Nevada Range. With elevations ranging from 3,000 to 7,000 feet, the environment in these
mountains varies anywhere between deep valleys of old growth forest, steep densely forested
terrain, and post-fire landscapes. The work generally requires a great amount of physical exertion
because it involves long hours and includes off-trail hiking, sometimes on steep and rocky terrain.
The appointee must be willing and able to carry backpacks and research equipment weighing up to
45 pounds, hike off trail, and work in inclement weather conditions that may include wind, rain,
snow, and sun exposure.

Fieldwork will require a flexible schedule. Weekly work typically consists of four 10-hour shifts
during the field season (late April – October). Dates of employment will vary depending on
environmental factors, survey priority, and wildfire season. This is a full-time seasonal position.

● Conduct protocol-level surveys for Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, nesting western and Clark’s grebes, nesting ospreys, and other birds of prey.
● Conduct protocol-level avian point count surveys when needed.
● Ability to use GPS, maps, compass and navigate off trail is required.
● Record accurate data and GPS tracks.
● Upload GIS data to Plumas Audubon Society network server, with attention to data management throughout the season.
● Coordinate with the Field Coordinator to meet project deadlines.
● Ability to operate a manual transmission preferred.


Ability to use GPS, maps, compass and navigate off trail

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None
Driver's License Required: Yes
Minimum Hourly Wage: 16
Maximum Hourly Wage: 19

About Plumas Audubon Society

Plumas Audubon Society (PAS) promotes the understanding, appreciation, and protection of the
biodiversity of the Feather River Region, especially birds, through education, research, and the
restoration and conservation of natural ecosystems. Plumas Audubon Society is an independent
chapter of the National Audubon Society. Based in Quincy California, Plumas Audubon has been
serving the upper Feather River Watershed, throughout Plumas County and portions of Sierra and
Lassen Counties, for 34 years.

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