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    Banding Technician- Tidal Marsh Sparrows

    • Employer: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
      Location: Western Long Island, NY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/21/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job Description: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is seeking to hire 3 TIDAL MARSH SPARROW BANDING TECHNICIANS (May 20th to mid-August) to assist a graduate student studying the breeding ecology of endemic tidal marsh birds, focusing on Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows in New York. Responsibilities will include: daily mist-netting (systematic and targeting nests), banding and bleeding (and PIT-tag application) of adults and nestlings, daily nest searching/monitoring, vegetation sampling, camera trap application, and daily data entry/proofing. Data retrieved will be part of a large-scale project called SHARP (see www.tidalmarshbirds.org), investigating the status and distribution of tidal marsh bird species on the North Atlantic coast.

    Technician will work cooperatively as part of a small team, and be supervised by a graduate student. Free housing in New York City, a competitive stipend of $560 week and work vehicles will be provided along with the opportunity to enjoy seldom seen wild places and explore NYC on your free time. 

    Candidates must have at least 6 months of avian field research experience and 2 months experience handling and extracting birds from mist-nets, banding, and taking morphological measurements, as banding is a daily occurrence.  Experience taking brachial blood samples is a bonus. Applicants should enjoy the challenging task of nest searching/monitoring.  Qualified candidates must have meticulous data collection skills, good inter-personal skills, and the ability to work independently. Applicants must possess a valid driver's license and be willing to occasionally drive a work vehicle in city traffic. Candidates should expect long work days (beginning pre-dawn) 6 days a week in challenging field conditions (wet and muddy, high heat/humidity and biting insects) and daily data entry/proofing.

    Please send in PDF or Word format: 1) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant experience, approximate number of birds extracted and banded, dates of availability, and the reason you are interested in this position; 2) a resume/CV (including current educational status and GPA); and 3) contact information (including e-mail addresses and phone numbers) for 3 references that can attest to your experience and suitability to this position to Alex Cook, at suny.sharp@gmail.com, with TIDAL MARSH BIRD TECHNICIAN in the subject line, by 21 February 2019. Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

    Salary: Housing and $560/week Last Date to apply: 21 February 2019

    Contact: Alex Cook
    E-mail: suny.sharp@gmail.com (Preferred)  

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