Summary: Field technician needed for work at migration and breeding bird monitoring stations in Maine from at least mid-May to early August, with possibility of extension through October. Substantial experience with songbird banding required. Ability to identify eastern birds by sight/sound also desirable. Position will be based in Portland, Maine, with housing provided. For travel to other locations, per diem and housing will be provided.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Duties are expected to consist of migration and breeding season songbird banding using standardized protocols. Driving between sites and data entry will be required. Activities may include:
• Full-time operation of a migration banding station near Portland, Maine (through early June) and summer MAPS banding stations at locations throughout Maine (June-August). Possibility of extension through fall banding season at Portland-area banding station for qualified candidates. Duties will include extracting birds from mist nets, banding, identifying to species, ageing, and sexing birds, data collection, data entry and management, reporting, working with interns and permanent staff, and banding station logistics.
• Conduct data entry and data management activities and assist with end of season reporting.
• All other duties as directed or assigned. Motivated candidates may have the opportunity for involvement with a variety of other field and analytical efforts at BRI (point count and transect surveys, vessel-based seabird surveys, avian tissue sampling for contaminants analysis, bat and raptor studies, shorebird surveys, nanotag retrieval, outreach and education activities, data analysis, manuscript development, etc.).
Dates of employment: May 15- Aug 4 (start and end dates flexible; possibility of extension through October). Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Work Environment: BRI is a nonprofit based in Portland, Maine whose mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. More information is available at BRI’s website: www.briloon.org. Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.
Compensation: $455/week, plus housing. Per diem will also be paid for overnight travel away from the Portland area.
Contact: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references (all in one document) to email@example.com using the subject line: Bird Banding Technician.
Qualifications: Applicants should be highly proficient at songbird banding during migration and breeding seasons, including species identification, aging, sexing, mist net extraction, banding, and safe handling of songbirds of the eastern United States. Desired qualifications also include identifying eastern birds by sight and sound. Must be able to work independently or in a small group, be able to carry 50 lbs. and walk for several miles per day in somewhat rugged terrain, and have a valid driver’s license. A strong work ethic, professionalism, and sense of humor are a must.