EXPERIENCED BIRD BANDERS IN CHARGE (6), MIST NET ASSISTANTS (2), and AVIAN SURVEYORS (5) needed from 18 August to 6 November (start and end dates mildly flexible) to study the stopover ecology of small passerines along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico (Alabama and Louisiana). BANDERS (minimum experience: 500 eastern songbirds banded and processed) need to have experience with banding birds, be familiar with the aging and sexing of eastern species, be able to train and assist assistants in mist net extraction, and independently lead a small team. Also must be able to effectively communicate with project leader\site coordinator in completing tasks associated with the banding operation as well as oversee banding operation including other technicians. MIST NET ASSISTANT (minimum experience: 100 songbirds extracted from mist nets) duties include extracting birds from mist-nets. AVIAN SURVEYOR (minimum experience: ability to identify eastern songbirds by sight and sound) duties include identifying eastern species by sight and sound along a transect, conducting resource surveys, and mist net extraction. Additionally, opportunities may exist for all positions to assist with active research during the field season. All individuals should be prepared to work 40 hours over a 7 day week, carry up to 10 pounds regularly, navigate difficult terrain, assist with data entry, arthropod sampling, fruit/flower counts, and fecal sample analysis, have the ability to work and live well with others in close quarters, have a good sense of humor, and be able to tolerate heat, venomous snakes, biting insects, and wet conditions. Unscheduled days off will occur in conjunction with inclement weather events. In addition to abundant experience, each bander will be compensated a total of $5,000 ($500/week) and each other position will receive $4,000 ($400/week) over the course of the season. Nice housing is provided. In ONE Word document/PDF named in the following format: Lastname-Firstname (e.g. Zenzal-TJ.pdf) please send letter of interest, resume, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of 3 references to Dr. T.J. Zenzal, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 or by email (preferred): MBRGhiring(AT)gmail.com Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. The University of Southern Mississippi conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. EOE/F/M/VETS/DISABILITY.
Edited by T.J. Zenzal