Boise State University will be hiring 1-2 field technicians to assist with a range-wide, year-round study of American Kestrel phenology. This project is a large collaboration between several University, NGO, and state and federal agencies.

Fall season (October 1-November 15)
-Post American Kestrel nest boxes on Department of Defense installations across the continental U.S.
-Field data collection, data entry and report preparation

Winter season (November 15-February 15)

Conduct American Kestrel trapping, banding and feather sample collection across the wintering range
-Field data collection, data entry and report preparation

Required Qualifications

  • Avian field experience (e.g. surveys, banding, biological sample collection)
  • Attention to detail/excellent note-taking skills
  • Comfortable living and working with others in field settings
  • Good communication skills and a positive attitude
  • Comfortable with extensive travel within the U.S. and potentially internationally
  • Comfortable working outdoors in cold temperatures and snow, and long work shifts
  • Willing to complete large amounts of paperwork associated with travel and costs
  • Exceptional driving skills
  • Able to climb ladders and lift ~15 pound boxes
  • Able to use hand tools
  • Valid driver’s license, experience driving 4×4 trucks
  • No criminal record, U.S. citizens only

    Preferred skills
  • Experience using bal-chatri traps
  • Experience handling raptors

Position will run from October 1 2017 to Feb 15 2018, with possibility of extension. Compensation is $2000-2500 per month commensurate on experience. Accommodation and a per diem will be covered during work shifts.

To Apply: send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter that states qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references to Anjolene Hunt and Dr. Julie Heath at Please put “American Kestrel Field Technician” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until September 15, 2017. Competition will close when a suitable candidate is found, so please don’t wait to apply!