The Center for Environment & Society at Washington College seeks applications for two experienced Bird Banders to work at the Chester River Field Research Station from August 1st to November 15th 2017. The successful applicants will be responsible for assisting in the operation of the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory (FBBO). FBBO is a high-volume banding station established in 1998 and operated continuously since. The station is located just outside of Chestertown, Maryland on a 5,000 acre farm with a variety of habitats including a 200 acre restored grassland, hundreds of forests, fallow fields and walking trails. The farm has 2 miles of shoreline along the Chester River and a 90 acre lake. Since banding concludes by early afternoon, banders will have ample free time for birding the property. Free housing will be arranged.
We band an average of 120 species each fall and host many visitors including students and members of the public. The successful applicants will assist in these banding demonstrations and other duties, such as mowing net lanes, as assigned.
Must be proficient in the extraction of birds from mist nets and traps.
Must have extracted at least 750 birds from mist nets.
Willingness and ability to work outdoors in inclement weather.
Applicant can identify, age and sex all commonly occurring passerines found in the eastern United States.
Applicant has North American Banding Council certification.
Applicant has at least one season’s experience of high volume fall migration.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal at https://highereddecisions.com/wcm/current_vacancies.asp. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.