Avian Outreach Technician
Job Description: Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC), field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, is seeking a seasonal avian outreach technician to support PARC’s outreach and education efforts from late March through early June 2023. The avian outreach tech will work with PARC’s banding program manager and avian conservation scientist to develop outreach programing centered around the research at PARC, and will be responsible for interacting with public visitors. This includes, but is not limited to, scheduling and leading group visits and field trips, facilitating PARC’s Open House events, organizing and leading special events, and assisting with professional bird banding workshops. The outreach tech may also assist with research so a background in bird banding is preferred. The outreach tech will work daily with North American Banding Council (NABC) certified Trainers and will have the opportunity to receive extra training in all aspects of banding (including ageing and sexing techniques) to NABC standards. To learn more about PARC, please visit our website: www.powdermillarc.org
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an interest in science outreach and a basic understanding of avian ecology, the ability to interact well with people of all ages and backgrounds, an infectious enthusiasm for avian outreach, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a field crew. Strong candidates will have experience banding birds or with other songbird field research and be able to identify eastern North American birds by sight and preferably by sound. The outreach tech may need to hike up to 6-10 miles per day in uneven or muddy terrain, sometimes in inclement weather (e.g., hot, cold, rain). Applicants must have at least a high school degree and some experience with public science outreach.
Principal Accountabilities: The principle responsibility of this position is assisting PARC staff with avian outreach efforts by developing and implementing programming. The avian outreach tech may also assist directly with research which may include banding, Motus projects, collecting data, repairing mist nets, vegetation maintenance, and recording and proofing data.
Compensation: Pay is $12.50/hour for 40 hours per week. Housing is provided at no cost to the outreach technician.
To apply: Visit www.carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities; click on Search Jobs and click on Apply in the section titled Avian Outreach Technician (Requisition #1005). Please include your resume or CV, three references, and a cover letter detailing your experience with science outreach and avian research. All documents should be saved in one file to allow for upload through our Applicant Tracking System.
Last date to apply: January 31, 2023