The Toucan Ridge Bird Observatory, located at the T.R.E.E.S Research Center in the Maya Mountains of Belize is currently is looking for experienced banders with experience banding Central American or South American birds. The position is to work alongside experienced banders from the Calgary Bird Banding Society for the spring 2020 banding session. The focus of the position is to continue the resident bird data collection during the 2020 spring session as well as train apprentices in extractions, banding, ageing and sexing as well as explaining the basics in bird banding with an emphasis on the banders codes of ethics as well as bird safety.
This is a great opportunity for experienced banders to work at a tropical banding station, collaborate with other experienced banders and use their teaching skills with less experienced extractors and banders. In addition, the TRBO has been collecting banding data since 2012 and is currently compiling data and preparing peer-reviewed manuscripts. There are opportunities for collaborations for those who would like to contribute to the litterature of little known Central American birds as well as on molt strategies of some of these species.
Dates of position: March 27th through May 11th, 2020. We will consider banders that can join us for two week periods but we will give priority to banders that can stay for the whole 6 week program.
Schedule: Banding runs every day Monday through Sunday, from 5:30 am until 11:00 am. Other wildlife monitoring projects are run between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm (turtle radio-telemetry) and 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm (bats). The BIC's are welcome to travel to visit other locations in Belize on weekends.
Prior Experience: Prior experience banding in Central or South America is a requirement and a bonus if an NABC trained instructors or a bander with teaching experience. Also need to be familiar with the WRP system and ageing codes. Very strong bird banding ethics a must.
Salary: The TRBO will cover room and board and depending on the amount of experience from the applicant as well as the length of time the bander will be at the station, there is possibility of a stipend.
How to Apply: Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an application. For more information on our organization and facilities please visit our website: www.treesociety.org