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Jobs & Internships

Come work with us! 

ORI is hiring for two positions for the 2023 nesting season: an intern and a field assistant. The positions will begin on March 1 and end on July 15 (some flexibility is possible). These are paid positions, and shared housing is provided. 

Applications will be reviewed starting January 16, 2023. 

Intern

Description:

Interns will mainly conduct field work, often in a crew of 2-3 and sometimes solo. Interns will be working under the supervision and guidance of senior owl researchers and will gain tons of experience and knowledge on working with owls.


Interns will mainly be working on Great Gray Owl, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, and Northern Pygmy Owl field research. Some time may also be spent on Northern Saw-whet owls, Western Screech Owls, Flammulated Owls, Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, and Boreal Owls. Intern will learn field techniques for surveying, nest searching, nest monitoring, remote camera monitoring, capture and banding, habitat surveys, pellet analysis, behavioral observations and more. Data collection and entry will be expected. The intern will complete a small independent project throughout the field season, culminating in a report or poster.

 

Early season work will consist mostly of late nights conducting owl surveys (7pm - 2am), early mornings (5am - 7am) as well as daytime work. Later in the season, the majority of work will be between the hours of 7am - 8pm, but with owl work hours and days will vary depending on study species and methods. Some weekend work will be required. Some overnight travel may be required.


Shared housing is provided at the field station in Charlo, MT.

 

Compensation:

$700 bi-weekly stipend plus housing


Required Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for owls, wildlife, and conservation

  • Coursework in wildlife biology or a related field, or proven interest in wildlife research

  • Strong work ethic

  • Flexibility and ability to keep a good attitude through irregular and long working hours

  • Ability to collect accurate and detailed data in the field

  • Ability to work effectively outdoors after dark, in grizzly bear country, harsh weather, mud, biting

  • insects, etc.

  • Ability to work independently and on a team

  • Ability to hike and navigate off trail in steep terrain carrying up to 30lbs

  • Ability to work and live alongside others and interact with the public amicably


Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Experience with ATVs and operating/maintaining equipment

  • Prior field experience, preferably with raptors

How to Apply:

Email resume/CV and cover letter stating your interest and addressing the qualifications to Beth Mendelsohn (beth@owlresearchinstitute.org). Applications will be reviewed starting January 16.

Intern

Field Research Assistant

Description

The Owl Research Institute in western Montana is hiring an experienced field assistant for the 2023 nesting season. The position will begin on March 1 and end on July 15 (some flexibility). There may be options to extend the position through the summer or fall for the right candidate.


Field assistants will work closely with senior owl researchers and also have responsibilities involving coordinating and training volunteers and interns.

 

The main research species will include Great Gray, Short-eared, Long-eared, and Pygmy owls. Some time may also be spent on Northern Saw-whet, Western Screech, Flammulated, Great-horned, Barred, and Boreal owls.

 

Activities will include nocturnal and crepuscular owl surveys, nest searching, nest monitoring, remote camera traps, capture and banding, habitat assessments, pellet analysis, behavioral observations, and more. Rigorous and accurate data collection and data entry will be expected. Equipment and grounds maintenance, public outreach, data analysis and writing will also be part of this position.

 

Hours will often be long and variable, including late nights (7pm - 2am), early mornings (5am - 8am), and long days. One - two full days off per week will be granted, as well as 5 vacation days. Some overnight travel may be required.

 

Some experience is required, but field technicians will also gain many skills throughout the season and work on a variety of projects in different habitats and owl species. The best applicants will show enthusiasm for owl field research, eagerness to learn, strong work ethic, and a good attitude.

 

Researchers and interns will also be expected to complete a small independent project throughout the season, culminating in a report or poster.

 

Shared housing is provided at the field station in Charlo, MT. Researchers have access to shared field vehicles, but occasional use of personal vehicles may be necessary (gas reimbursed).


Compensation

$1900 - $2400 monthly DOE

Top applicants will possess the following qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for owls, wildlife, nature and conservation

  • Previous experience with wildlife research (raptors preferred)

  • Coursework in wildlife biology or a related field, or a proven interest in wildlife research

  • Excellent observational skills and attention to detail

  • Strong work ethic and willingness to learn

  • Flexibility to work long and irregular hours for extended periods while keeping a good attitude

  • Comfortable hiking and navigating off-trail in steep terrain and carrying up to 30lbs

  • Experience working effectively outdoors at night, in harsh weather conditions, with biting insects, and in

  • grizzly bear country

  • Respectful communication skills with teammates and the public

  • Great organization, note taking, and data recording

  • Experience operating 4WD vehicles, ATVs, pulling trailers and clean driving record preferred

  • Ability to work independently and lead a team

  • Ability to live alongside others in shared housing

 

How to apply

Email resume/CV and cover letter stating your interest and addressing the qualifications
to Beth Mendelsohn (beth@owlresearchinstitute.org). Applications will be reviewed starting January 16.

Field Research Assstant
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