Banding Technician- Tidal Marsh Sparrows-New York

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Western Long Island, NY
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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is seeking to hire 3 TIDAL MARSH SPARROW BANDING TECHNICIANS (mid-May to mid-August) to assist a graduate student studying the breeding ecology of endemic tidal marsh birds, focusing on Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows in New York. Responsibilities will include: daily mist-netting (systematic and targeting nests), banding and bleeding (and PIT-tag application) of adults and nestlings, daily nest searching/monitoring, vegetation sampling, camera trap application, and daily data entry/proofing. Data retrieved will be part of a large-scale project called SHARP (see, investigating the status and distribution of tidal marsh bird species on the North Atlantic coast.
Candidates must have at least 6 months of avian field research experience and 2 months experience handling and extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, and taking morphological measurements, as banding is a daily occurrence. Experience taking brachial blood samples is a bonus. Applicants should enjoy the challenging task of nest searching/monitoring. Qualified candidates must have meticulous data collection skills, good inter-personal skills, and the ability to work independently. Applicants must possess a valid driver's license and be willing to occasionally drive a work vehicle in city traffic. Candidates should expect long work days (beginning pre-dawn) 6 days a week in challenging field conditions (wet and muddy, high heat/humidity and biting insects) and daily data entry/proofing. Please send in PDF or Word format: 1) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant experience, approximate number of birds extracted and banded, dates of availability, and the reason you are interested in this position; 2) a resume/CV (including current educational status and GPA); and 3) contact information (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for 3 references that can attest to your experience and suitability to this position to Alex Cook, at, with TIDAL MARSH SPARROW TECHNICIAN in the subject line, by 21 February 2019. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.
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