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  • Avian Field Crew Leader/Bird Bander - Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire

    Guest Dr. Sara Kaiser
    • Employer: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center & Cornell Lab of Ornithology
      Location: Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Contribute to the long-term ecological study of black-throated blue warblers that has been run continuously for more than 40 years at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire. In collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, current research focuses on the effects of environmental change on breeding behavior as well as other topics on the behavioral ecology of these birds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p03Mz8bz6E&t=5s).

    Applicants should have prior experience managing field technicians and color banding and obtaining blood samples from songbirds from the brachial vein. Experience deploying radio-transmitters will be especially valuable. Crew members will be collecting data for the long-term project, graduate work, and undergraduate projects, and will be expected to be active participants in all aspects of this bird research.

    The position also involves color band resighting, nest searching, territory mapping, behavioral observations, song recording, video recording and transcription of parental care, insect and small mammal surveys, and measuring vegetation. Other opportunities may include the set-up and maintenance of radio towers, hand-tracking, and collecting molt measurements. We are seeking applicants with good color vision, the ability to hike and work alone in remote, rugged, and steep terrain, with an interest in avian ecology.

    Field work starts May 1st and continues through mid-August, with the possibility of extension through late August. Lakeside housing on the beautiful Likens Conservation Campus at Mirror Lake (https://hubbardbrook.org/facilities) will be provided and a stipend of $650 per week, wifi, and utilities. Many opportunities for exceptional hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and birding can be found in the immediate area. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place for the safety and health of our crew and others members of the Hubbard Brook Community, particularly in the first two weeks after arriving.

    To apply, send a brief cover letter describing your interest and experience and a recent CV to Dr. Sara Kaiser at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (sak275@cornell.edu). Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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