EXPERIENCED BIRD BANDERS IN CHARGE (6), MIST NET ASSISTANTS (6), and AVIAN SURVEYORS (6) needed from 1 March to 18 May to study the stopover ecology of small passerines along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico (Texas through Alabama). Opportunities may exist for all positions to assist with active research during the field season. All individuals are required to work 7 days a week, assist with data entry, vegetation sampling, arthropod sampling, and fruit counts, have the ability to work and live well with others in close quarters, have a good sense of humor, and be able to tolerate heat, venomous snakes, biting insects, and wet conditions. In addition to abundant experience, banders be compensated a total of $5,000 and other positions will receive $4,000 over the course of the season. Excellent housing conditions provided. In ONE Word document/PDF named in the following format: Lastname-Firstname (e.g. Zenzal-T.J.) please send letter of interest, resume, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references to Dr. T.J. Zenzal, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 or by email (preferred): MBRGhiring(AT)gmail.com Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.
BANDERS need to have experience with banding large volumes of birds, be familiar with the aging and sexing of eastern species, be able to train mist net assistants, and independently lead a small team. Also must be able to effectively communicate with project leader and site coordinator in completing tasks associated with the banding operation as well as oversee banding operation including other technicians. MIST NET ASSISTANT duties include extracting birds from mist-nets and analyzing fecal samples. AVIAN SURVEYOR duties include identifying eastern species by sight and sound, mist net extraction, and analyzing fecal samples.