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  • Bird Banders/Educators: Smithsonian - Washington, D.C.

    • Employer: Smithsonian Institution
      Location: Washington, D.C. metro area
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/31/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    BIRD BANDERS/EDUCATORS needed for a Smithsonian citizen science program mid-April through mid/end June, 2022. Neighborhood Nestwatch is an avian ecology-based environmental outreach project which takes place in urban schoolyards and suburban backyards (https://nationalzoo.si.edu/migratory-birds/neighborhood-nestwatch). It is a community-based research project and an opportunity to conduct basic conservation biology and environmental education. This work requires an ability to capture, color-band, age, sex, and measure birds unassisted in urban/suburban habitats as well as communicate ecological topics to a wide range of ages. Applicants should have extensive experience setting up mist nets and removing and banding captured birds unassisted. Resighting color banded birds, conducting point count censuses, feather sampling, as well as meticulous data entry also involved. Must be able to work from early morning till mid-day 6 days per week carrying out a wide variety of field tasks. Stand-out applicants will also have experience conducting public outreach activities, working cohesively as a crew member, have a history of data entry accuracy, and show relevant experience and interest in working with those from diverse backgrounds. About 2/3 of field days will take place in backyards and the other 1/3 will be conducted in schoolyards where bird banding demonstrations and complementary outreach activities will occur. School activities will be conducted by a paired team. Backyard visits may be by a team or independently, depending on experience. Lots of driving in a provided vehicle within the Washington, D.C. area. Salary $2,500-$3,500/month depending on experience. Please email cover letter, CV, and the names and updated contact information of three references to Bob Reitsma (reitsmar@si.edu) by January 31, 2022. We strongly encourage applications from people who are currently underrepresented in ornithology, especially Black, African American, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, and Alaska Native people.Please give an estimate of how many birds you have banded and extracted from mist nets unassisted.

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