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  • Fall Assistant Owl Bander at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

    Michigan Audubon
    • Employer: Michigan Audubon
      Location: Paradise, MI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Organization/Employer: Michigan Audubon
    Location: Paradise, Michigan
    Dates of Employment: September 15-October 31, 2021
    Classification: Temporary/Seasonal Position
    Compensation: Approximately $2-3K/season, DOE. Includes shared housing (full kitchen, laundry, and internet)


    Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, located in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is seeking an Assistant Owl Bander from September 15 through October 31, 2021. The Assistant Owl Bander aids our Lead Owl Bander with the maintenance of the WPBO owl banding program during the fall season at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory. The field staff of WPBO represent and share Michigan Audubon’s mission of connecting birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research. Whitefish Point is a world-renowned site for avian migration monitoring, with more diversity in owl species banded than any other site in North America. Owl species banded in the past include Northern Saw-whet, Boreal, Long-eared, Barred, Great Gray, Great Horned, Snowy, and Northern Hawk Owls. To learn more about WPBO, a program of Michigan Audubon, please visit www.wpbo.org.

    Primary duties of the Assistant Owl Bander include opening and closing nets, net checks, bird banding, and recording information on owls under the Lead Owl Bander’s onsite supervision. The AOB also contributes to written content by writing blogs for our website and an end-of-season, narrative report for our member magazine, the Jack Pine Warbler

    Performance Expectations 

    • Perform with a minimum of supervision and work cooperatively with others. 
    • Serve as a professional and courteous ambassador for Michigan Audubon and its program site at Whitefish Point.
    • Adhere to safety and site requirements for working in the region, including potential directives related to COVID-19. 
    • Conduct daily owl banding in conjunction with the lead owl bander using the WPBO standardized methodology and protocol. 
    • Maintain organized records and notes with attention to detail, accurately collecting data and recording field notes. 
    • Ensure all activities abide by the provisions required by all relevant permits, including those of the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory, and those of the Research and Monitoring Special Use Permit provided by Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
    • Write regular blog posts and feature articles as requested by Michigan Audubon related to the owl banding program at WPBO. 


    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, hold a current, valid driver’s license, and a personal vehicle for transportation. 
    • Eligible for work in the United States and willing to undergo a background check.
    • Previous mist-netting and bird banding experience is required (2+ field seasons preferred).
    • Education and/or prior field experience in the fields of biological, zoological, environmental, or ecological studies are helpful, but not required, for this position. 
    • Ability to work independently with a positive attitude, flexibility, and strong communication skills. 

    How to Apply
    Please submit via email a cover letter, resume, and three references in a single PDF document to office@michiganaudubon.org with the subject “WPBO Fall Assistant Owl Bander application”. Early applications are encouraged and preferred for priority consideration on or before May 31, 2021. Applications will be accepted until filled.

    Questions about this position can be directed to Conservation Program Coordinator Linnea Rowse at lrowse@michiganaudubon.org or by calling (517) 580-7364.

    Please Note: Conditions of employment and site circumstances are subject to change due to COVID-19. Candidates will be made aware of changes as soon as possible.

    Michigan Audubon values diversity, inclusion, competence, and equity. As an equal opportunity employer, Michigan Audubon is committed to ensuring the employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities.


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