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TRC Environmental Corp. Avian Field Technician in Ithaca, New York

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As a pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC Companies, Inc. (TRC) is a growing national engineering consulting and construction management firm that provides multi-disciplinary services to the energy, environmental, and infrastructure markets. TRC serves a broad range of clients in government and industry, implementing complex projects from initial concept through permitting, construction and operation.
TRC is seeking Avian Field Technicians to monitor grassland breeding birds at various locations throughout New York State. This is a temporary role that is needed from November 2020 until March 2021.

Perform field observations/surveys
Surveys will focus on morning passerine point-count surveys and recording of basic vegetation data following NYSDEC draft protocol for monitoring grassland breeding birds.
Surveys will be conducted entirely on privately-owned properties in grassland and agricultural settings.
Measure vegetation characteristics, enter data, and perform other field activities
Communicate with private land owners


Qualified candidates will possess strong skills for identifying Eastern birds by sight and primarily by sound, with a particular emphasis on identification of grassland breeding birds known to occur throughout New York State.
Must be currently enrolled in Biology, Environmental Science, Wildlife Studies or related programs. Bachelor's degree preferred.
Avian monitoring experience preferred.
Point count experience is greatly preferred, however, Eastern bird identification experience is a must.
Successful applicants should have the ability to measure vegetation characteristics, enter data, and perform other field activities, however training will be provided.
Strong applicants will also have a passion for spending early mornings observing birds, be physically fit and capable of working in a field setting (with insects, poison ivy, summer heat, etc.).
The ability to communicate well with private land owners, navigate using GPS, and follow safety procedures is a must.
Applicants must possess a driver's license and be comfortable with occasional and/or daily travel. Some overnight travel may be required.
Strong oral/written communication and organizational skills.

TRC offers advancement potential and a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401k plan with a company match. For more information please visit our website at
EOE: Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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