Bird Banding Technician: Utah

Agency
University of Utah
Location
Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa (about 1 hour NE of Moab, UT)
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Start Date
03/30/2017
Last Date to Apply
04/01/2017
Description
This is a volunteer opportunity to work as an assistant bird bander at the University of Utah's Rio Mesa Field Station (RMC) in south-eastern Utah during the 2017 spring migration. For the last 5 years, the Sekercioglu Lab at the U of U has banded songbirds as they pass through the RMC during spring and fall migration. The station is in the remote, beautiful canyon country of southern Utah and is within a days drive to 5 national parks.

Work lasts 6 hours a day beginning 30 minutes before sunrise. Banders are expected to work 10 days on, 2 days off. Duties consist of extracting birds from mist-nets and taking a suite of morphological measurements. The station is also dedicated to public outreach and applicants should expect to engage with group of all ages.

The station is remote (about a one hour drive from Moab) and internet and cell reception are limited. Thus volunteers should feel comfortable living for long periods with a small number of other people.
Qualifications
Previous bird-banding experience is preferred though not required. Applicants should be physically fit enough to work for 6 hours/day and walk approximately 5 miles/day. Weather at the station can vary from very cold to very hot and applicants should be able to work in these conditions.
Contact Person
Joshua Horns
Contact Phone
8017504644
Contact eMail
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