Avian Field Tech (Temp)

  • PacifiCorp
  • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
  • Mar 01, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

General Purpose

Under general supervision, manages projects/assignments with corporate and/or business unit impact. Provides analysis and studies.


  • Conduct surveys evaluating electrocution and collision risks and the effectiveness of avian protection measures on power lines. This will require walking and hiking on variable terrain daily to access poles.
  • 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 on a hand held device.. 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 Avian Protection Plan policy and procedures.
  • Enter all protected bird mortalities 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 mortalities or problems with surveys.


  • 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, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho
  • Availability for the duration of the position (anticipated early April through early November)
  • Knowledge of GIS, GPS, database management, and MS Office.

 (This position is temporary - the timeframe will be April 2018 - November 2018)

Additional Information

Primary Location: Various locations in RMP region (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming)

Department:  Environmental

Schedule:   Part-Time - Temporary

Personnel Subarea: Non-Exempt




$20.82 - $26.39/hr