Bird Banders and Lead Bander for Roving Crews: Maine – Virginia

Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP)
Maine - Virginia
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$480 - $600 per week, based upon experience
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The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is looking for BIRD BANDERS and a LEAD BANDER to conduct tidal marsh bird research along the mid-Atlantic and New England coast! Selected applicants will be working on one of three roving field crews that will work in tidal marshes across the Northeastern US (Maine to Virginia). SHARP is a collaborative group of researchers studying tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation across the Northeast ( with emphasis placed on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Willet and Clapper Rail. The work will occur in conjunction with biologists at numerous National Wildlife Refuges and state and private lands. Rapid Demographics/Roving field crew: Successful candidates will join one of three roving field crews assessing variation in demographic rates of tidal marsh sparrows and the genomic architecture of marsh sparrow traits with respect to various environmental gradients. Emphasis will be on Saltmarsh, Nelson’s, Seaside, Swamp, Song, and Savannah sparrows. Technicians will work together to conduct point counts, transects, mist netting, banding, and blood draws under direction of the crew supervisor. The crews collect a multitude of data and work with many conservation agencies, making it an excellent opportunity to expand your field biology skill set and meet professional conservation biologists from both state and federal agencies. Housing and vehicles will be provided for all positions. All work will be conducted with strict adherence to COVID-related guidelines set in place by SHARP as well as state and federal regulations. Positions begin in early May 2021 and conclude mid/late August 2021, exact dates are crew dependent.
Ideal applicants will have sufficient mist-netting and blood sampling (via the brachial vein) experience to operate independently. Applicants for the lead bander positions should have sufficient banding and bleeding experience to obtain a federal banding subpermit. Strong organizational skills, a valid US driver’s license with a clean driving record, and an undying love (or at least tolerance) of mud, bugs, and the soul-cleansing fires of fieldwork are a must. The ability to work well with a large variety of biological professionals at wildlife refuges, state and federal agencies, and universities is also necessary. Salaries are $480 and $600 per week for banders and lead banders, respectively. To apply, please send a *SINGLE* PDF file containing a cover letter and resume with at least three references with your name in the title to: MACKENZIE ROEDER and JONATHAN CLARK at: with “Sparrow Roving Crew Search 2021” as the subject line. Those applying for lead technician position use “Lead - Sparrow Roving Crew Search 2021” as the subject line.
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Mackenzie Roeder and Jonathan Clark
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