Seasonal Avian Field Techs

Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming |

Organization: Rocky Mountain Power

Type of opportunity: Seasonal

Contact: Carie Raddatz,


  • Conduct surveys evaluating electrocution and collision risks and the effectiveness of avian protection measures on power lines.
  • Walk power lines and record data on avian use, mortalities, and protection measures to prevent electrocutions and collisions as part of company Avian Protection Plans.
  • Identify bird mortalities (species, cause of death), document live raptors using structures and identify bird nests on structures.
  • Collect data using ArcPad and Trimble GPS units. Conduct quality check of all GIS data collected.
  • Complete surveys in a safe, timely, and accurate manner.
  • Work safely in remote locations with limited oversight and under variable field conditions (weather, insects, and/or limited vehicle access).
  • Adhere to company safety requirements and ensure safe working practices.
  • Complete required PacifiCorp employee training and comply with all company policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Understand Bird Management Program policy and procedures.
  • Enter all protected bird moralities in company tracking system. Create maps, as needed, for mortality reports.
  • Ensure that all field equipment is accounted for and maintained in good working condition.
  • Communicate with crew Lead regarding field survey status, bird moralities or problems with surveys.
  • This position will require travel to remote locations throughout Utah, Wyoming &Idaho.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science or related field of study; or the equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Two years professional experience in wildlife, environmental science or related experience.
  • Bird identification skills.
  • Ability to travel for extended period and work in remote locations.
  • Knowledge of GIS, GPS, database management, and MS Office.

Start and end dates:  This position is temporary – the time frame will be March 2016 – October 2016

Salary/pay: Pay ranges from $18.75 – $23.80/ Hour DOE

Link to more information: Job Announcement

How to apply: See Job Announcement above – job number 151372