The Alaska Songbird Institute (ASI) is seeking one full-time, experienced bird bander and two full-time banding interns to join our fall migration team at our Creamer’s Field Migration Station in Fairbanks, Alaska. Due to stringent COVID-19 banding safety practices, partners/household members are encouraged to apply jointly.
Duration: 10 weeks, approximately 27 July – 2 Oct. Dates are somewhat flexible.
About the Organization: ASI is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to conserve Alaska’s boreal birds through ecological education and research. 2020 marks the 29th field season for our Creamer’s Field Migration Station, a mist netting/banding station located on Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska. More information: aksongbird.org
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required: Applicants for the bander position must have demonstrated prior experience and proficiency in mist netting, extraction and handling, and efficient banding and processing of birds. Must be able to identify, age, and sex a variety of species, primarily, but not limited to, passerines. Knowledge of Alaskan species desired. Meticulous approach to collecting and recording data is required. Minimum of bachelors degree in wildlife biology, ecology, ornithology, or related field preferred. NABC certification and experience with public education and outreach is desired but not required.
Internship applicants must possess a demonstrated interest in ornithology, science education/outreach, and conservation, a strong work ethic, positive attitude, good interpersonal and organizational skills, and a genuine desire to gain experience in bird banding and working in a community-based conservation research model.
All positions require early mornings, some weekends, and the ability to follow a work schedule that is dependent upon changing weather and unpredictable field conditions. This season the station will be closed to the public, however, education and outreach is still a priority. All positions will also be involved with new, creative virtual outreach and education endeavors. (Experience with this is a plus!) All must be willing and able to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines for banding safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compensation/Benefits: Bander position: $16-17/hr DOE. Internships are volunteer positions with a living stipend of $2,500 for the season. Low/no cost housing may be provided.
To Apply: Send a single PDF file containing a cover letter, current resume, and 3 references to: Tricia Blake, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants for the bander position must include references familiar with their banding skills/experience.) Applications will be reviewed as they are received and continue until all positions are filled.
**As with so many aspects of our lives these days, offers are contingent on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community and state throughout the fall migration season.