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Seasonal Research Assistant Posted Mar 09
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department , Fort Collins, CO
The Nature in the City (NIC) program, within the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department (NAD), seeks to create and maintain easy access to nature for all Fort Collins residents, while also providing functional wildlife habitat across the community. NIC’s program goals focus on (1) ensuring that all residents have access to nature within a 10-minute walk, (2) providing diverse social and ecological opportunities in a variety of natural spaces, and (3) enhancing wildlife habitat through the creation of more diverse landscapes in the community. This position will primarily involve assisting NAD, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Colorado State University staff with the NIC Biodiversity Project.

The successful candidate will monitor birds and butterflies at over 160 sites throughout Fort Collins. The data collected will be used to identify high quality habitat and important corridors for wildlife. This analysis informs management decisions for the City to better understand how land use, development decisions, and conservation practices affect biodiversity, especially human-sensitive species. The position will consist of roughly 50% field work and 50% office-based tasks. Field work includes conducting point count surveys from May 15 to June 30 (6:00am-10:00am Monday - Friday) to identify bird species and pollard walks from July 1 to August 15 (10:00am-2:00pm Monday - Friday) to identify butterfly species. When not collecting data in the field, the remaining 50% of the position will assist with other NIC program tasks such as creating ArcGIS maps, entering data, writing reports, and training volunteers.

This is an hourly without benefits position, beginning mid-April to May and extending until mid-October depending on workload (school schedules can be accommodated). This position will most likely be part-time (20hr/wk) in April, shifting to full-time (40hr/wk) during the field season from May 15th to August 15th, and going back to part-time (20 hr/wk) until approximately October 15th. When full-time, the schedule for this position will typically be Monday-Friday 5:30 am - 2:00 pm during bird monitoring and Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm during butterfly monitoring. Some occasional weekend work may be required if weather or other factors delay monitoring. During the part-time portion of the position, the schedule is more flexible and can accommodate class schedules. This position does not provide sick leave, insurance, or retirement benefits.

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive:

Collect data on birds and butterflies using point count and pollard walk methods.
Manage data and write technical reports.
Produce site maps using ArcGIS.
Assist with other NIC volunteer projects and NIC-related tasks as needed.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.

Previous experience identifying bird species by sight and sound, especially species found in the front range of Colorado.
Previous experience identifying butterfly species, especially front range species.
Previous experience conducting wildlife monitoring.
Ability to create professional maps using ArcGIS.
Ability to use ESRI Collector via an iPad for data collection.
Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, as well as in the office.
Ability to traverse over uneven terrain, including walking through tall vegetation and crossing over/under fences.
Ability to communicate professionally both verbally and in writing.
Ability to work independently and on a team.
Ability to interact professionally with the public.
Ability to use a GPS unit for navigation to field sites.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
Must have a good driving record and a valid driver’s license.
Ability to work some weekends if necessary.
A criminal background check and pre-offer drug screening will be conducted.


To apply, complete the application found on the City of Fort Collins Job Board Search for "Natural Areas Research Assistant" under the hourly and seasonal positions category.

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