Research Technician, Project BirdSafe

US-MN-St. Paul
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
St. Paul


Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



Position Summary


Audubon Minnesota is seeking two seasonal, part-time Research Technicians who will be responsible for conducting morning and evening walking surveys of buildings in downtown Minneapolis and collecting bird specimens as part of a bird-window collision research study.

  • Duration: Spring survey coverage is needed from mid-March through May 2018. If applicants are available to return for fall surveys, coverage is needed from mid-August through October. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to both spring and fall survey seasons.
  • Hours: Morning surveys occur at or just before sunrise which varies by date. Hours are generally between 6 and 9am. Afternoon and evening surveys may occur 1-3 times per week from 11am-2pm and 5-8pm.
  • Frequency: Research technicians will cover 3-5 surveys per week for a total of 12-20 hours per week.



Essential Functions

  • Conduct field surveys in an urban area;
  • Collect avian window-collision victims, both live and dead;
  • Record and enter project data, including use of Access databases, Excel spreadsheets and GIS databases, potentially online; and
  • Work with maps, online and hard-copy data forms and mobile research apps.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Knowledge of bird conservation and avian survey techniques.
  • A strong work ethic and proven ability to work independently while following specific, detailed rules and protocols.
  • A passion for science-based conservation.
  • Reliable transportation to and from downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
  • Reliable computer access for scheduling, communication and data processing.
  • Ability to  several miles per day during field surveys with or without accommodation.
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends as job responsibilities require.
  • Experience conducting wildlife mortality surveys, handling and/or identifying wild birds and using GIS or similar technology is strongly preferred.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume and be sure to detail your qualifications and experience as specified above. 




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