Job Opportunity: Data Analysis Technician

If you or anyone you know is interested in working on bird research projects and supporting NCPIF with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, please reply to the announcement below (or see the pdf version here):


This temporary, 11-month position will assist the Bird Conservation Biologist (BCB) with new and ongoing monitoring and research projects.

This year, the focus will be on data analysis and publication of a recently-completed 4-year project, the Riparian Breeding Bird Survey, the administration of North Carolina Partners in Flight, and assistance starting a project focused on double-crested cormorants.

In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in field surveys/projects and other duties focused on bird conservation issues throughout the year. These may include participation in larger-scale efforts such as the US Nightjar Network and Breeding Bird Surveys. Depending on the desires, skills, and abilities of the applicant, there may be opportunities for leading other WRC-priority projects may be developed and executed.

Primary duties of the Piedmont BCB Assistant will be:

•         Data management, entry, and analysis for the recently completed Riparian Breeding Bird Survey field work.

–         Data management and entry

–         Assist with data analysis

–         Create presentation materials (e.g., maps, graphs, photos)

–         Literature review

–         Assist in writing a final report, potentially for publication

–         Assist in development of plan for future riparian breeding bird monitoring (potentially including a citizen science component).

•         Assist with coordination of NC Partners in Flight

–         Developing and posting website content for a periodic newsletter and on social media.

–         Develop and maintain outreach materials related to projects.

•         Assist the BCB in addressing double-crested cormorant issues. This may include:

–         Development of double-crested cormorant informational materials

–         Field work to develop protocols and meet with constituents

–         Other duties as assigned

The technician will secure his/her own housing in the Raleigh, NC area. The successful applicant will likely work out of their residence. Work will take primarily in the Piedmont, but overnight travel to various locations in the state will be required and free group housing will be provided at field locations. Work week averages 40 hours. A vehicle and other necessary equipment will be provided.


$14.83/hr, full-time, 40 hours a week. A vehicle and other necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Housing is not provided.


11-months, begin April 2017


Four-year degree in Biology, Wildlife Biology, Fisheries, Statistics, IT, or related field.

Skills & Experience


  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of wildlife management and research, including a familiarity of assumptions of statistical techniques and the resulting requirements for data collection.
  • Strong proficiency with GIS and statistical software
    • Program R
    • ArcGIS (including GPS use, mapping data points, basic spatial analysis)
    • Expert data manipulation skills for analysis and for presentation of data
  • Expert proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access.
  • Very good interpersonal skills as we work with many partners, volunteers, and the general public
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, personal motivation, ability to meet deadlines, and work independently


  • Ability to identify southeastern birds by sight and sound. Experience conducting point counts or line transect surveys.
  • Comfortable writing/manipulating HTML5 & CSS and working with online content management systems (e.g., Wordpress)
  • Programming experience in Python
  • Comfortable working independently and responsibly in field conditions. Field conditions may range from hot, humid weather with biting insects in the summer to cold, rainy weather in the early spring and late fall.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF document to Scott Anderson at Please include the applicant’s name in the filename. Email or call 919.707.0139 with any questions.

Deadline for application is April 14th, or until the position is filled.