Bird Banders and Avian Field Technicians – Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, WV

University of Delaware
Harpers Ferry, WV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$2000 - $2800 /month (DOE). Housing and field vehicle provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The University of Delaware is seeking hard-working and motivated individuals (3 total) to conduct migration and breeding grassland bird surveys at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. These positions are considered full-time seasonal from mid-March through October 2022 with one field crew leader and two field technicians. This research is will focus on migrating raptors and grassland birds during spring and fall migration and grassland birds during the breeding season. Technicians will monitor grassland bird communities and raptors during spring and fall migration and conduct breeding grassland bird demographic surveys using a suite of sampling techniques including mist-netting and banding, transect sampling, raptor counts, and nest monitoring. The goal of this project to estimate species richness, occupancy, and abundance during Spring and Fall migrations and, estimate daily nest survival for species breeding in the Park grasslands. Expected duties include conducting surveys at Harpers Ferry NHP, hiking through Park habitats while carrying field equipment to sites, identifying avian species by sight and sound, using mist-nets to capture and band migratory and breeding passerines, and nest searching and monitoring. Interacting with park staff and park visitors is required. Duties include establishing and sampling transects and sampling locations, deploying mist-nests to capture and band passerines, taking standard morphological measurements of captured birds, nest searching and monitoring, and organizing / entering data on a daily basis. Field surveys are repetitive and precision is needed to successfully estimate the metrics for this project; therefore, candidates with demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail will be given priority. This position will require that individuals be comfortable working both individually and in teams. Technicians must be willing to assist with other National Park avian sampling (i.e. quail surveys at Manassas NHP).
Applicants should have a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology or related field. The crew lead (lead bander) position should have demonstrated passerine banding experience. Field crew lead must have banding experience and all technicians must able to identify eastern raptors and songbirds by sight and sound. Previous experience banding passerines, identifying raptors, and nest monitoring is preferred. All candidates should have excellent organizational and problem solving skills and be able to work independently. Proficiency with GPS, basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel), data collection, and data entry / management. Must be in good physical condition with the ability to perform field work full time from March – October. Applicants must be able to hike, with up to 40 lbs. in gear, for long distances to sites if needed and be able to work efficiently outdoors in typical Mid-Atlantic Spring / Summer / Fall conditions. Must be US citizens with a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. A strong work ethic, positive attitude, integrity, and attention to details are necessary. All successful applicants must follow all University of Delaware employee guidelines and adhere to employee Covid protocols. Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references (must include email and phone number for each reference listed) by email to: and include “Harper's Ferry” in the subject line.
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Greg Shriver
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