The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is looking for 10 BIRD BANDERS and 4 CREW SUPERVISORS to conduct tidal marsh bird research along the mid-Atlantic and New England coast! Hiring opportunities include 1) working on one of two roving field crews that will work in tidal marshes across the Northeastern US (Maine to Virginia) and 2) working on one of four stationary demographics crews along the coast.
SHARP is a collaborative group of researchers studying tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation across the Northeast (www.tidalmarshbirds.org) with emphasis placed on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Willet and Clapper Rail. The work will occur in conjunction with biologists at numerous National Wildlife Refuges and state and private lands.
We request that applicants apply only for the position they are most interested in but encourage you to state whether you would like to also be considered for additional positions (and if so, which ones). Application materials for applicants interested in multiple positions will be shared among field crew leaders.
Rapid Demographics/Roving field crew:
Successful candidates will join one of two roving field crews assessing variation in the demographic rates of tidal marsh sparrows with respect to various environmental gradients. Particular emphasis will be on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, and Seaside Sparrow. Technicians will work together to conduct point counts, transects, mist netting, banding, blood draws, and microbiome collection under direction of the crew supervisor. The crews collect a multitude of data and work with many conservation agencies, making it an excellent opportunity to expand your field biology skill set and meet professional conservation biologists from both state and federal agencies.
Ideal applicants will have sufficient mist-netting and blood sampling (via the brachial vein) experience to operate independently. Applicants for the supervisor position should have a demonstrated ability to supervise technicians in the field and sufficient banding and bleeding experience to obtain a federal banding subpermit.
For the southern crew supervisor, boat operation experience (both driving and trailering) is strongly preferred as several sites are located on islands and along rivers and are only accessible by boat.
Demographics Field Technicians:
Technicians will conduct nest searching, mist-netting and banding, and vegetation surveys for Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow and Seaside Sparrow. Positions are available in multiple locations along the coast. Technicians should expect to work long days in challenging field conditions (high heat/humidity, no shade, and no shortage of biting insects!). The ideal candidates will have previous nest searching or mist-netting experience, be self-motivated and physically fit, have a positive attitude, and work well as part of a team.
For all positions:
Strong organizational skills, a valid US driver’s license with a clean driving record, and an undying love (or at least tolerance) of mud, bugs, and the soul-cleansing fires of fieldwork are a must. The ability to work well with a large variety of biological professionals at wildlife refuges, state and federal agencies, and universities is also necessary.
Salary ranges from $480 to $600 per week, depending on experience.
Positions begin in early May 2019 and conclude mid/late August 2019, exact dates are crew dependent.
Housing and vehicles will be available for all positions.
To apply, please send single PDF file containing a cover letter and resume with at least three references with your name in the title to:
MACKENZIE ROEDER, Ph.D Student at the University of Maine, Mackenzie.Roeder@Maine.edu with “Sparrow Demo Search 2019” as the subject line.