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Avian Field Technician (Temporary) #43314

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Date: Feb 6, 2019

Location: Salt Lake City, UT, US, 84116

Company: PacifiCorp

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.
  • 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 and Trimble GPS units. 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 Bird Management Program 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.
  • Knowledge of GIS, GPS, database management, and MS Office.


Additional Information

Primary Location: Utah and possible other states, ID, WY, OR, CA

Department:   Environmental

Schedule: Temporary - Full-Time - 6-8 months

Personnel Subarea: Non-exempt

Hiring Range: $18.50 - $23.00/Hour


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we encourage everyone to work together. We embrace diversity and value the distinct perspectives of all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace that connects each employee to the organization and enables all individuals to participate and contribute to their full potential.  

It is PacifiCorp's policy to provide and promote equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations governing personnel activities. In accordance with federal guidelines, PacifiCorp is committed to a program of affirmative action. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.

Nearest Major Market: Salt Lake City

Career Segment: Technician, Geology, GIS, Scientific, Database, Technology, Engineering