Field Assistants – Jamaica

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Font Hill, Jamaica
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
We're looking for field technicians to study the winter ecology of various non-breeding warbler species in Jamaica. The project dates are approximately January 15th through May 15th. Assistants can expect long hours in the field working six days per week. Duties will include re-sighting birds/mapping warbler territories, banding and hand-tracking birds, vegetation measurements, and data entry. Field conditions include walking in flooded mangrove forests sometimes inhabited by crocodiles and maneuvering through dense and thorny second growth scrub. This is an all-expenses paid volunteer position (no salary, but travel to and from Jamaica as well as home-cooked Jamaican food and comfortable lodging are provided). Non-U.S. citizens may apply but we can only cover airfare from North America or the Caribbean to Jamaica. Jamaican residents are highly encouraged to apply. Please send an email with the subject “Jamaica Field Assistant” to ( by October 1, 2018. Attach only one PDF named "LastnameFirstname.pdf" that includes the following: 1) one page max cover letter, 2) resume/CV, and 3) contact info for 3 references.
Competitive applicants will be very self-motivated, have the ability to re-sight and follow tiny color-banded birds, band and extract songbirds quickly and safely and have experience with (recommended but not required) equipping radio transmitters to individuals, radio telemetry and bleeding songbirds. Flexibility with hot, buggy working conditions, work schedule, and living situation is absolutely key to success at this position.
Contact Person
Alicia Brunner and Bryant Dossman
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