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  • Field technicians: Bird banders and nest searchers - Maine

    • Employer: Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP)
      Location: Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/01/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is looking for BIRD BANDERS and NEST SEARCHERS to conduct tidal marsh bird research on one of seven stationary demographics crews along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts.


    SHARP is a collaborative group of researchers studying tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation across the Northeast (www.tidalmarshbirds.org) with emphasis placed on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Willet and Clapper Rail. The work will occur in conjunction with biologists at numerous National Wildlife Refuges and state and private lands.



    Demographics Field Technicians:

    Technicians will conduct nest searching, mist-netting, banding, and vegetation surveys for Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow and Seaside Sparrow. All work will be conducted with strict adherence to COVID-related guidelines set in place by SHARP as well as state and federal regulations.


    Positions begin in early June 2021 and conclude late August 2021


    Housing and vehicles will be available for all positions.



    Ideal applicants will have previous grassland nest searching experience and sufficient mist-netting and blood sampling (via the brachial vein) experience to operate independently, be self-motivated and physically fit, have a positive attitude, and work well as part of a team.


    Technicians should anticipate working long days in challenging field conditions and are expected to have strong organizational skills, a valid US driver’s license with a clean driving record, and an undying love (or at least tolerance) of mud, bugs, and the soul-cleansing fires of fieldwork.

    Salary ranges from $480 to $600 per week, depending on experience.


    To apply:

    Please send a single PDF file, with your name in the title, containing a cover letter* and resume with at least three references to:



    with “Sparrow Demographics Team 2021” as the subject line.


    (*to be considered for this position, please include number of birds extracted, number of birds banded, and number of nests found per species in cover letter)


    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis prior to the application deadline.


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