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    • Employer: The Institute for Bird Populations
      Location: Fort AP Hill, VA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/31/2019
      Open Until Filled: No


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2019

    The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) seeks one field biologist to serve as a bird banding biologist under the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program at Fort AP Hill, Virginia. The position runs from approximately May 7 through August 8, 2019.

    Successful applicants should have previous experience with the MAPS protocol, be proficient at Eastern bird identification, and MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of birds in the hand. Applicants will be expected to use Peter Pyle’s Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part I to identify plumages and molts of landbirds. Attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions are required. 

    Applicants must provide their own transportation to the work site at Fort AP Hill, Virginia, but will be provided with a work vehicle once there. Lodging will be provided free of charge. The biologists will be living at or near the army base (lodging details have not been finalized) with other workers, and are expected to spend a minimum of 6 out of every 10 days in the field, contingent upon weather and logistical considerations.

    COMPENSATION: These positions are considered independent contractors, not IBP staff. Biologists will receive payment of $2,500 per month, but no fringe benefits.


    Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references (all as a single attachment) to:

    Lauren Helton
    The Institute for Bird Populations
    Email: lhelton [at] birdpop.org

    Please put Fort AP Hill MAPS Biologist in the subject line and please provide an estimated number of landbirds banded and processed in your cover letter or resume.

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