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  • Avian Target-netter 2020

    Univ of Montana Bird Ecology Lab
    • Employer: University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab
      Location: Montana
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/14/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL) is in search of a field technician to assist on a Brown-head Cowbird research project occurring this spring and summer in western Montana. Located on a large conservation property in the Bitterroot Valley 45 minutes south of Missoula, this position is an exciting opportunity to participate in a unique multi-disciplinary research and outreach program designed to guide restoration and management of private lands for wildlife. 

    We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated bander to actively catch adult birds. The bander will use playback calls with strategic net placement to successfully catch targeted individuals. The bander will be expected to band, bleed, and take morphological measurements on both nestlings and adult birds. Additionally, we will be attaching nanotags (transmitter units compatible with the Motus network) to adult birds. Work requires ability to carry heavy equipment and entails extensive hiking in rugged terrain. 

    Work will begin in mid-May and continue through mid-July 2020, with some flexibility for start/end date. Pay will be $13-15/ hour depending on experience.  We will provide either shared housing or a lodging stipend, and work vehicle to get to/from the field site.


    Experience banding birds, including target-netting, and prior experience attaching transmitters is highly desired. Must be physically capable of hiking several miles a day. Enthusiastic and positive attitude to work early hours in challenging field conditions is a must. Individuals applying for this position must have excellent communication skills with supervisor and work well both independently and as a team. Valid driver’s license required.

    To Apply

    To apply, please submit:

    1.       Cover Letter (Please include why you are interested in this project, your desired position, as well as your relevant experience.)

    2.       Resume/CV

    3.       Three Professional References (Please include name, email address, and telephone numbers) 


    Please send application materials in a single document to Maggie Blake at umbirdecologylab@gmail.com with “BHCO Tech” in subject line. If you are applying for more than one job with UMBEL, please submit separate applications for each position. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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