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  • American Robin Field Assistant

    Emily Williams
    • Employer: Georgetown University
      Location: Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      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 in summer 2023 to help illuminate the black box that is American Robin migration!

    Pay: $644/wk for ~ 10-16 weeks (April-Aug). Residents in the DMV area are preferred, since housing is not available. Vehicle is needed and any work-related mileage will be reimbursed. Fieldwork timing is flexible; assistants have the option to participate in fieldwork only or may also help with lab-related tasks while the lead researcher is away for offsite fieldwork. Fieldwork in the DMV may run from April-early June, and mid-Jul to early Aug. 

    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 strongly 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. Schedule typically M-F, 4 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 in 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 February 28th, 2023: ejw75@georgetown.edu. Applications may be accepted before or after this date.

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