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    • Employer: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
      Location: Raleigh, NC area
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/10/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    BIRD BANDERS/EDUCATORS needed for Smithsonian citizen science program. Assistants are needed in the Raleigh, NC region for two months within the May – July, 2020 period (exact starting and end dates flexible). Neighborhood Nestwatch (NN) is a Smithsonian citizen science program which takes place in urban/suburban backyards in various regional locations in the U.S. This is an opportunity to participate in a long-term urban ecology project as well as enhance ecological understanding among citizen participants. The work consists of conducting visits to 40-50 participant properties where banding, point count censuses, nest searching, and re-sighting color-banded birds are conducted along with informal environmental education.  All work requires an ability to capture, color-band, age, sex, and measure birds unassisted as well as communicate ecological topics to a wide range of ages. Applicants must have extended experience setting up mist nets, removing captured birds unassisted, banding birds, and recording/entering data meticulously. The work requires discipline and organization to work from early morning onward 6 days per week diligently carrying out field tasks, entering data, and arranging visits to citizen properties. Stand-out applicants will also have experience with public interaction. After initial orientation, all work will be conducted independently using provided project vehicle. Ability to drive safely in a populated region required. Stipend $2,200-$2,500/month depending on experience. Some housing supplement provided. Affordable housing leads possible. Please send cover letter, CV, and the names and updated contact information of three references to Bob Reitsma, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, reitsmar@si.edu by March 10, 2020. Indicate your preferred two-month availability.  In order to process your application, please give an estimate of how many birds you have captured, banded, and extracted from nets unassisted.

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