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  • Field Assistant I, Avian Research

    • Employer: Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Powdermill Nature Reserve
      Location: Rector, PA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/10/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Powdermill Nature Reserve is Carnegie Museums of Natural History's environmental research center. Located 55 mile southeast of Pittsburgh in Rector, Pennsylvania, Powdermill is a field station and laboratory where researchers do long-term studies of natural populations in western Pennsylvania. In addition to being positioned for Appalachian-specific studies in ornithology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, and botany, Powdermill is a great place to spend a fun-filled day outdoors with the family.

    Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.  

    Powdermill Avian Research Center (PARC), field station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, is seeking seasonal field technicians to assist with avian research in southwestern Pennsylvania from mid-August – October 31, 2020.

    The primary duty of this position is to assist the Banding Manager by extracting birds from mist nets and collecting data from birds (which may also include collecting blood or other tissue samples from birds), repairing nets, trimming vegetation around net lanes, recording data and checking data.  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. 

    To learn more about the banding program at Powdermill, please visit our website at www.powdermillarc.org.


    Last date to apply:  April 10, 2020


    TO APPLY: 
    Only candidates that submit the following will be considered for this role:

    - Resume or CV

    - Three (3) References

    - Cover letter detailing your experience surveying birds by sight and sound and extracting, handling and banding birds

    TO APPLY:  Visit www.carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities; Click Search Jobs; Locate Requisition #408 – Field Assistant I, Avian Research; Click Apply, Complete On-line application.  Save your cover letter AND resume/CV as ONE .pdf and upload accordingly.

    Pay is $12/hour for 40 hours per weekHousing is provided at no cost to the field technician. 



    - Minimum least a high school degree PLUS at least three (3) months of field experience banding birds.

    - Experience extracting, handling, and banding songbirds;

    - Must be able to identify eastern North American birds by sight;

    - Able to work well both independently and as part of a team.


    Able to hike up to 6-10 miles per day in uneven or muddy terrain sometimes in inclement weather (eg. hot, cold, rain, etc)


    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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