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  • American Robin Field Assistant


    Guest Emily Williams
    • Employer: Georgetown University
      Location: Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/12/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The American Robin may be a common bird, but they remain a mystery when it comes to their migration! Join in fieldwork this summer to help illuminate the black box that is American Robin migration!

    Pay: $608/wk for ~ 8-12 weeks (April-June). Residents in the DMV area are preferred, since housing is not available. Vehicle is needed and any work-related mileage will be reimbursed.

    Who is eligible? Anyone with an interest in birds and their ecology! Experience with bird banding, nest searching, and identifying eastern birds by sight and sound is preferred.

    What are the job duties? Field assistants will mist-net, band, and fit robins with transmitters. Fieldwork will also include area searches for color-banded birds and nest searching. Ability to work independently is important, as field assistants may be alone for fieldwork not involving bird captures. Field assistants will be trained on all techniques.

    When: preferable start date is April 1, but start and end dates are flexible. Field season will likely run from April 1- Jun 15. Schedule typically M-F, 5 am – 2 pm, but may vary.

    Where: We will be working across backyards and public parks throughout Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Field activities should not be too strenuous, as sites will be urban/suburban yards.

    Why: Robins display incredible variation in migratory behavior across their range. This project seeks to understand what drives this variation within a population breeding in the DMV.

    How to apply: Please send your CV, cover letter, and contact info for 2 references in a single doc or pdf file labeled as “LastNameFirstName_AMROFieldAssistant” to Emily Williams by March 30th, 2021: ejw75@georgetown.edu. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date.




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