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    • Employer: Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Powdermill Nature Reserve
      Location: Rector, PA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Banding Program Manager

    Carnegie Museum of Natural History

    Powdermill Nature Reserve, Rector, PA


    Powdermill Nature Reserve is Carnegie Museums of Natural History's environmental research center. Located 55 mile southeast of Pittsburgh in Rector, Pennsylvania, Powdermill is a field station and laboratory where researchers do long-term studies of natural populations in western Pennsylvania. In addition to being positioned for Appalachian-specific studies in ornithology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, and botany, Powdermill is a great place to spend a fun-filled day outdoors with the family.

    Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.  


    The Bird BANDING PROGRAM MANAGER will oversee Powdermill Avian Research Center’s (PARC) banding activities under the supervision of the Avian Research Coordinator. The Banding Manager will capture, band, and collect data from birds with the assistance of volunteers and seasonal technicians. The Banding Program Manager will recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and technicians. Banding occurs 5 or 6 days a week during migration (April – May, Sept – Oct.), 3 or 4 days a week over the summer (June-Aug.), and 2 or 3 days a week over the winter (Nov. – March). At PARC, Mist nets (65-69 in migration, 20 – 40 in the summer, 6 in the winter) or potter traps (7 in the winter) are opened 30 minutes before sunrise and closed 6 hours later. The Banding Program Manager also maintains PARC’s long-term and MAPS banding data and helps generate reports. The Banding Program Manager does extensive outreach using banding operations as a platform, at PARC and elsewhere. Finally, the Banding Program Manager facilitates research undertaken by the Avian Research Coordinator and collaborators who are utilizing PARC’s unique and historic facility.

    This is a Full Time position.

    To Apply: Visit www.carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities; click on Search Jobs and click on Apply in the section titled BANDING PROGRAM MANAGER (Requisition #155).  Please include your resume, three references, and a cover letter detailing your experience extracting and banding birds, supervising banding crews, and conducting outreach.  All documents should be saved in one file to allow for upload through our Applicant Tracking System.


    If you have any questions on the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Luke DeGroote (EM: degrooteL AT CarnegieMNH.org). Applications will be received until February 15th but interviews may begin as soon as suitable applicants are identified.

    EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree, with at least 3 years of experience in banding activities.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: Applicant must be proficient at extracting birds from mist nets, and leading bird banding teams. Applicant must be able to identify, age, and sex eastern birds in the hand. Experience planning and coordinating public outreach highly preferred. Experience identifying birds by sound and conducting point counts is highly preferred. Ability to collect blood via brachial venipuncture and attach transmitters via leg-loop harnesses is highly preferred. At least one year of experience with social media, websites, etc.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicant must be able to walk 2 to 6 hours a day for up to 8 miles. Must also be able to engage in repetitive motions needed to remove invasive species and plant native species for up to 7 hours. Work may include some evening and weekend hours, sometimes working in inclement weather.

    Banding: Capturing, banding, and collecting data from birds with the assistance of volunteers and seasonal technicians.

    Operations: Deciding on policy issues relevant to the banding operation, e.g., when there is public access, when banding will occur, who can assist with banding. Recruiting/Training: Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers, interns, and assistants.

    Permit/Data Management: Assist with the procuring and maintaining necessary avian collecting permits for Powdermill, coordinating distribution of bands to subpermittees and collection of data from subpermittees, maintaining banding databases, and overseeing submission of banding data to USGS.

    Outreach and Education: Maintaining the PARC website and create engaging and informative posts for Facebook. Conducting outreach activities and overseeing guided tours of PARC. Coordinating and teaching bird banding workshops. Creating new banding initiatives for research and outreach.

    Research: Facilitating research collaborations following provided research protocols and collecting data. Maintaining non-banding long-term data collection at PARC, e.g., flight call microphones, weather station, point counts. Assisting the Avian Research Coordinator with publishing peer reviewed papers based on banding or other research at Powdermill.

    Reporting: Assist Avian Research Coordinator with quarterly reports, Avian Flyway Reports, and bi-annual grant reports.


    The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

    Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

    Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check

    FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

    Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

    Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

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