We're looking for two volunteer assistant banders to join a lead bander for the spring banding season. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain real experience in the handling and processing of songbirds at a long-term monitoring site.
You will be working at the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa near Moab, Utah. This beautiful riparian habitat in a remote canyon provides critical resources to migratory birds, amidst the desert of the Colorado Plateau. The station has banded over 15,000 birds so far of 127 species including Lucy’s Warbler, Willow Flycatcher, Black-throated Sparrow, Canyon Wren, Sage Thrasher, Sagebrush Sparrow, Gray Vireo, and much more.
The position runs from the beginning of April through the beginning of June, encompassing the entirety of spring bird migration; availability for this entire period is key. The team are required to work 10 days on and 2 days off. Mist nets are opened from a half hour before dawn for six hours a day. You will be trained in mist-netting and banding techniques by the lead bander, and you will also assist with any tours of visiting school groups or other members of the public. In your free time you can explore the fantastic Red Rock Country of southern Utah. If interested, please email with your interest and relevant experience.
Banding experience is not required. It is important that you are at least enthusiastic about bird research and/or conservation biology. You must be able to live with and work well with a small team for a few months in a fairly isolated location; comfortability operating in a remote field station setting with limited wi-fi, no cell service, and a 1.5 hour distance from the closest town are key. You must be able to also interact well with any visitors young and old. Ideally you would have some field experience and be used to working outside for long hours in variable conditions.