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    • Employer: Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History
      Location: Rector, PA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/22/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    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 early-April – May 31, 2021. The primary duty of this position is extracting birds from mist nets and assisting with banding as part of the banding team. 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.

    Strong candidates will have experience extracting, handling, and banding songbirds, must be able to identify eastern North American birds by sight, and be able to hike up to 6-10 miles per day in uneven or muddy terrain sometimes in inclement weather (e.g., hot, cold, rain). The successful candidate will be able to work well both independently and as part of a team. Applicants must have at least a high school degree and at least 3 months of field experience banding birds.

    Principal Accountabilities
    The principle responsibility of this position is assisting the Banding Program Manager with Powdermill’s avian research efforts. This includes extracting birds from mist nets, banding and collecting data from birds (may also include collecting blood or other tissue samples from birds), repairing nets, trimming vegetation around net lanes, recording data, and checking data.

    Compensation: Pay is $12/hour for 40 hours per week. Housing is provided at no cost to the field technician.

    Please include your resume or CV, three references, and a cover letter in one document detailing your experience surveying birds by sight and sound and extracting, handling, and banding birds. 

    To apply: Please visit Carnegie Museum of Natural History's website and search for job requisition 479 or click here: https://us59.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/car/Posting/View/2779

    Last date to apply: January 22, 2021


    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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