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    • Employer: Klamath Bird Observatory
      Location: Southern Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/14/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Internship Title: Bird Banding Intern

    Compensation: Accommodation

    Duration: September 2nd, 2019 to October 31st, 2019

    Project Location: Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon


    BIRD BANDING INTERNSHIP. The Klamath Bird Observatory is seeking highly motivated individuals to participate in our long-term landbird monitoring program in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon during the upcoming fall migration season.

    Our bander training program blends an intensive field internship with coursework designed in accordance with North American Banding Council (NABC) standards to prepare participants for successful careers as field ornithologists. Training and duties will include mist netting and banding of passerines and near passerines; bird and vegetation surveying; data quality-assurance, entry, and management; and participation in public outreach and education. Non-field duties include study and discussion of banding curriculum, equipment maintenance, field station upkeep, and data entry. Dependent upon the experience level and progress, interested interns may pursue certification at the Assistant, Bander, or Trainer level at a certification session in Arcata, CA, in October. Accommodation is provided in shared rooms in a rustic cabin on the Upper Klamath Lake which has potable running water, a full kitchen, internet access, and a woodstove and electric space heaters. Hiking and birding opportunities abound nearby and interns will have access to bikes and kayaks. There will be portable toilets on site and a shower at a nearby field house. Several sites will require camping and some brief strenuous hiking carrying heavy banding equipment. Operation of banding stations will necessitate long, arduous days beginning pre-dawn under (occasionally) adverse conditions including heat, cold, mosquitoes, and smoke.

    Successful candidates will have a strong interest in birds and field biology, possess a positive and constructive attitude in working cooperatively toward project objectives, give priority to safety considerations, and be able to work and live harmoniously in close company with coworkers.  To preserve the quality and consistency of our long term dataset, interns must also be able to precisely follow protocols and take meticulous care in collecting and recording data.  Excellent communication skills are critical. Field vehicles are provided for project related travel and interns are required to possess a valid Driver’s License and clean driving record.  Further preferred qualifications include bird identification by sight and sound and experience with vegetation ID and survey techniques.

    This position requires independent drive and patience for the travails of field work but also affords an amazing opportunity to build practical experience in field biology and master a variety of bird monitoring and research skills in a beautiful part of the country.


    To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Banding Program Coordinator, Lauren diBiccari (led<AT>klamathbird.org). Please include dates of availability.

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