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URGENT! Bird bander/Educator


Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center


Washington, DC


United States

Last Date to Apply:

31 Mar 2017
Open until filled


URGENT! BIRD BANDERS/EDUCATOR needed for Neighborhood Nestwatch (NN). mid-April/early May – July 31. NN is a Smithsonian avian ecology-based environmental outreach project which takes place in urban/suburban backyards and schoolyards in a growing number of regional locations in the U.S. It is a community-based research project and an opportunity to conduct basic conservation biology and environmental education. One assistants is needed URGENTLY for our DC region. This work requires an ability to capture, color-band, age, sex, and measure birds unassisted as well as communicate ecological topics to a wide range of ages. Applicants MUST have extensive experience setting up mist nets and removing captured birds unassisted. Resighting color banded birds, conducting point count censuses and vegetation sampling, sampling of blood, feather, and toenail tissues, as well as meticulous data entry also involved. The work requires an ability to work from early morning onward 6 days per week carrying out a wide variety of field tasks. Stand-out applicants will also have experience conducting public outreach activities, working cohesively as a crew member, and have a history of data entry accuracy. The assistantship takes place mostly in backyards while communicating basic ecology to citizen participants. School events which include bird banding demonstrations and complementary outreach activities will also be conducted (Google: Urban Nestwatch). Backyard activities will be conducted by paired teams whereas school events are conducted by a crew of three. Lots of driving in a metro area setting required. Project vehicle as well as housing included. Salary $1,800-$2,000/month depending on experience. Please email cover letter, CV, and the names and updated contact information of three references to reitsmar@si.edu as soon as possible. Please give an estimate of how many birds you have banded unassisted. Applications which do not include this estimate will not be processed. Finally, indicate any preference in regional location. Finally, indicate any preference in regional location.