The majority of the fieldwork for this position will be nest searching, banding, and re-sighting surveys for Bachman’s sparrows. However, because the Bachman’s sparrow work is part of a larger study on predator-prey dynamics, this position will also involve small mammal trapping (appx. 10 days throughout the summer) and hawk and owl surveys a few days per month. The study also includes video-monitoring of nests, and the person in this position will help with maintaining video equipment, changing batteries, and reviewing video. Experience using behavioral cues to find songbird nests and experience mist-netting/banding songbirds is strongly preferred for this position.
Fieldwork will begin in late April or early May and last 14-16 weeks.
Field housing and utilities will be provided at no cost for the duration of the internship. You’ll have a room to yourself in a house that is on property. The research station next door has office space with WiFi, library facilities, and many wildlife professionals for professional networking opportunities. A personal vehicle is not required but recommended for trips to grocery stores or any recreational trips on weekends.
Compensation: Internship stipend is $230/week. Housing is provided at no cost.
- Experience nest searching
- Ability to read and distinguish color bands
- Songbird identification skills
- B.S. in wildlife related field
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, i.e. early mornings, some weekends
- Ability to work long hours
- Good directional and navigational skills
- Ability to tolerate hot and humid field conditions
- Competency using a smart phone or tablet device
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record
- Ability to work independently in the field with minimal supervision
Applicant should submit a letter of interest including the earliest and latest dates available to work, a CV/ resume with prior work experience and the names and contact information of 3 references, preferably former field work supervisors. Email application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.