Breeding Bird Atlas Technician

George M. Sutton Avian Research Center

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $2400/month
Deadline Feb 19, 2021

Positions available early April through July or early August. 

Applicants should have a strong background both in field ornithology and in working with a wide variety of people. Valid driver’s license and good driving record required. Prior bird atlasing experience helpful but not required.  Responsibilities include respectful interactions with local residents and landowners, surveying atlas blocks for breeding birds throughout the state, and maintaining accurate records. Good bird ID skills needed.  Must be able to work independently, be willing to travel throughout Oklahoma on a continuous basis, often on back roads in poor condition, and (most likely) camp regularly.

Salary $2400/month, plus $20/day per diem for food and camping expenses. If you have a 4WD vehicle you are willing to use, we can pay mileage, but having your own vehicle is not a requirement.  

Oklahoma has great habitat diversity, supporting Swainson’s Warblers in the southeast to Golden Eagles in the northwest, and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers in the southwest to Scarlet Tanagers in the northeast. 


Motivated applicants send letter, resume, and 3 applicable references to: DAN REINKING,, Sutton Avian Research Center, P.O. Box 2007, Bartlesville, OK 74005.  (918) 336‑7778.

Background: The George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center) was founded in 1983 with the mission of “finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education.” The Sutton Center is a private, nonprofit organization located near Bartlesville, Oklahoma and has become a leader in avian research and conservation through its successes with conservation-oriented, ecological field research on declining grassland birds, development of techniques for the reintroduction and monitoring of southern bald eagles, management of successful captive breeding of endangered species, and bird surveying across the world. For more information please visit

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Category Wildlife