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  • Field Assistant I, Avian Research

    • Employer: Powdermill Nature Reserve
      Location: Rector, PA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/05/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC), field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, is seeking a SEASONAL FIELD TECHNICIAN to assist with avian research in southwestern Pennsylvania from June 1 – August 30, 2020.

    Duties include extracting birds from mist nets and assisting with banding as part of the banding team and conducing off-road point counts on Powdermill Nature Reserve’s property. The field tech will work daily with North American Banding Council (NABC) certified Trainers and will have the opportunity to receive extra training in all aspects of banding (including ageing and sexing techniques) to NABC standards.
    Compensation:  Pay is $12.00/hr for 40 hours per week. 

    Housing is provided at no cost to the Field Technician.

    To learn more about the banding program at Powdermill, please visit our website at www.powdermillarc.org.
    TO APPLY: Visit http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities; Click Search Jobs; Locate Requisition #343 – Field Assistant I; Click Apply; Complete online application.  Please include your resume or CV, three references, and a cover letter detailing your experience surveying birds by sight and sound and extracting, handling, and banding birds. All documents should be saved in one file to allow for upload through our Applicant Tracking System.

    Last date to apply: February 5, 2020

     - High school degree and three months of field experience banding birds;
     - Experience extracting, handling, and banding songbirds;
     - Ability to identify eastern North American birds by sight and sound;
     - Ability to hike up to 6-10 miles per day in uneven or muddy terrain sometimes in inclement weather (e.g., hot, cold, rain);
     - Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team:
     - Familiarity with point count protocol, and GPS and map navigation in a remote setting.

     - Assisting the Banding Manager with Powdermill’s avian research efforts;
     - Extracting birds from mist nets, banding and collecting data from birds (may also include collecting blood or other tissue samples from birds), surveying birds by sight and sound (i.e., point counts), repairing nets, trimming vegetation around net lanes, recording data, and checking data.



    The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

    Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance

    Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check

    FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

    Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

    Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

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