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TRC Environmental Corp. Avian Specialist in Syracuse, New York

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 an Avian Specialist to provide technical support to TRC's avian services program in New York. This position can be filled in any of our New York office locations in West Seneca, Ithaca, Liverpool, and Clifton Park with preference toward Liverpool or Clifton Park.

The Avian Specialist will assist with day-to-day planning and coordination of avian field-based efforts. The position will be both field- and office-based, with broad participation in field survey efforts and support growth within the avian services program.

Office-based activities will include direct support to the avian services program as a technical lead in the coordination of field staff, management and analysis of survey data, direct oversight on all deliverables, and facilitation of client and agency communications.

This position will also provide generalized project support for all of TRC's Planning, Permitting, and Licensing projects in New York and the Northeast, as needed.


Field-based Project Support

Support grassland breeding bird (May through July) and wintering raptor (November through March) field studies; additional opportunities to participate in other avian work may arise including raptor nest surveys, habitat evaluations, single-species survey efforts, post-construction monitoring, etc.

Participate in other field activities as needed/desired including but not limited to habitat evaluations, site characterization field visits, visual studies, wetland delineations, etc.

Field Coordination Support

Support the planning, implementation and day-to-day coordination of avian field studies including:

prepare scopes of work and project budgets,

prepare study plans from initial authorship through agency approval,

liaise with clients on required updates during the field survey season,

support or lead project kick-off calls, trainings, and ongoing staff coordination throughout survey seasons

QAQC survey data

Technical Project Support

Support data analysis efforts for field studies, including but not limited to winter raptor surveys, grassland breeding bird surveys, occupied habitat determinations and take estimates.

Support drafting of technical memos and reports including agency consultations, habitat evaluations, occupied habitat determinations, take estimates, net conservation benefit plans to support the avian & T&E programmatic needs throughout NY

Support agency and client communications, serving as technical lead in communicating & presenting survey results as appropriate

Support development of deliverables as requested - i.e., permit applications, delineation reports, environmental assessments, etc.

Contribute to overall growth and advancement of avian services program

Qualified candidates will possess strong skills for identifying raptors and eastern songbirds common in the Eastern United States, with a particular emphasis on identification of raptors known to occur throughout New York State during the wintering months and grassland breeding birds during the spring and summer months. Applicants must be proficient in identifying bird species by both sight and sound.

We seek appropriately qualified candidates with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, botany, forestry, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources, wetland science or related field. Relevant coursework in field survey methods, data collection and analysis, and ornithology are a plus.

Have between 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in planning and implementing wildlife surveys with at least two seasons of avian monitoring experience preferred. Training on specific survey protocol will be provided.

Familiarity with regional avian population trends and understanding of the basic ecology of northeastern species.

Successful applicants should have the ability to oversee data collection including entering, managing and QAQC of data. Well qualified applicants will have the ability to perform basic statistical analyses (i.e., frequency, species richness, abundance).

Strong applicants will have a passion for conducting field work i.e., spending late evenings and early mornings observing birds, be physically fit and capable of working in a field setting (with exposure to cold/heat, wintry conditions, comfort walking long distances over uneven terrain, knowledge and ability to prepare and endure typical field working conditions, etc.).

The ability to navigate using GPS and field maps is required.

Willingness to 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. Applicants should also be comfortable driving long distances at night, and in winter road conditions. 4WD experience is a plus.

Strong oral/written communication and organizational skills.

Evidenced proficiency in technical writing. Writing samples will be requested.

General understanding of regulatory framework for avian species in the US (i.e., MBTA, BGEPA, ESA, etc.) a plus.

TRC focuses on recruiting people who possess the flexibility to grow and develop with us as our markets change, in a way that works with your personal interests, strengths, and passion. We understand your career is a journey rather than a destination, and along the path you choose, we will strive to provide you with support, structure, and opportunities to help you succeed. TRC offers career advancement potential and a competitive compensation package including a 401k plan with a company match. For more information about TRC or to apply for this position please visit our website at

TRC is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we encourage Minorities/Female/Protected Veterans/Disabled applicants to apply.


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