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University of Wisconsin - Madison
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University of Wisconsin - Madison
Downieville, California, United States
4 days ago


Up to 10 wildlife technicians are needed to conduct surveys for California spotted owls and northern goshawks, near Downieville, California. Up to four positions will begin in April 4, 2022 and the rest will begin May 2, 2022. All positions will last until at least August 15, 2022, with an extension possible through August 31, 2022. Pay starts at $16.00 per hour depending upon experience, plus nighttime differential-pay, and camping per-diem when applicable. Housing is also provided. Wildlife technicians will conduct surveys for goshawks and spotted owls, assess reproductive status, locate nest trees, deploy ARUs (autonomous recording units) in the field, care for equipment/lures, and record sightings of other animals encountered. Wildlife technicians will also record, transcribe, enter data into computer databases, program ARUs, and validate data that was collected in the field.

A typical workweek is 40 hours, and frequent camping is required. Schedules will be irregular. For example, owl work will be primarily nocturnal, but daytime (i.e. pre-dusk or post-dawn) follow-up visits will often be required. Goshawk work will be primarily diurnal, but pre-dawn or post-sunset work will be required. Work involving the placement and maintenance of ARUs will be diurnal. Technicians may be required to rotate between owl, goshawk, and ARU duties. Work will often require off-trail hiking in steep, forested terrain, during day or night. Technicians must be respectful of others as well as work and live together cooperatively.

The application deadline is 15 January, 2022. Interviews and hiring will be on a rolling basis and will begin as resumes from qualified applicants are received.  All applicants must apply through the University of Wisconsin – Madison Jobs website: and follow the instructions after clicking on the “Apply Online” button.  Include a cover letter stating why you are interested in a position, a resume with at least three references, and their contact information all as a single file.


Qualified technicians will have a bachelor's degree in wildlife or related field, and/or have relevant experience conducting wildlife surveys, experience working in remote conditions, the ability to hike in a time efficient manner in steep terrain, and experience safely driving 4-wheel drive vehicles on backcountry roads. 

-Applicants must be physically fit (i.e., able to walk long distances in steep mountainous terrain with field gear in a time efficient manner).
-Ability to follow supervisor's instructions and adhere to established scientific protocols.
-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 on foot at night with a map, compass and GPS.
-Ability to navigate and safely operate 4-wheel-drive vehicles on minimally maintained backcountry roads at night.
-A clean driving record is required.
-Must work and live cooperatively.

All applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, please visit for more information.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60160778
  • Location:
    Downieville, California, United States
  • Company Name: University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Position Title: Wildlife technician, spotted owl & goshawk
  • Industry: Ecology & Conservation of Birds
  • Job Function: Field Technician
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Job Duration: 3-6 Months
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $16.00 - $20.00 (Hourly Wage)
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