Avian geolocator field crew leader: southeastern US

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
southeastern US
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
500/week + housing
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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Cornell Lab of Ornithology seek a lead field technician to assist with deployment of light-level geolocators on southeastern Painted Buntings. This is a multi-year project focused on determine the migration routes and winter distribution of this species. During the 2017 breeding season, 100 geolocators will be deployed at 4 sites along the southeastern US coast (FL, GA, SC, & NC). The lead field technician will oversee deployment of geolocators at each site. The position will involve mist-netting, banding birds, and attachment of geolocators using standard leg-harness techniques. Demonstrated experience with geolocator attachment (or attachment of similar tags using leg harness technique) is required. In addition to the field work, the lead technician will supervise one additional field assistant and will coordinate the day-to-day logistics to insure that tags are deployed in a timely manner at each site.
Applicants must have prior experience with attachment of light-level geolocators (or similar tags) using the leg harness technique. Experience managing avian banding projects, including overseeing field crews, a valid drivers license, and demonstrated ability to work effectively independently is preferred.

Compensation is $500/week + housing.

To apply, send 1) cover letter outlining experience with avian field work, geolocator deployment, and dates of availability; 2) resume, and 3) names and contact information for 3 references to Clark Rushing (rushingc@si.edu). Please include “PABU field tech” in the subject line.
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