Dates: April 6th – early June
Where: Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa, Moab, Utah
Work Schedule: 7 hours/day, 10 days on 2 days off
We're looking for an experienced lead bird bander to head up a team with two volunteers. You will be working at the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa near Moab, Utah. This beautiful riparian habitat provides critical resources to migratory birds, amidst the desert of the Colorado Plateau. The station has banded over 10,000 birds so far of 125 species including Willow Flycatcher, Black-throated Sparrow, Canyon Wren, Juniper Titmouse and much more.
The position runs from early April through early June, encompassing the whole fall bird migration. You will be paid $2000. The team are required to work 10 days on and 2 days off. Nets are opened from a half hour before dawn for six hours a day. In addition to the banding you will be responsible for providing training and guidance for the two volunteers, tours to visiting groups and weekly reports. We would also like you to deploy geolocator devices on Yellow-breasted Chats. Experience with transmitters is not necessary for the position but desired. In your free time you can explore the fantastic Red Rock Country of southern Utah. If interested, please email with your interest and experience plus a banding resume.
The bander must have experience of banding, ageing and sexing high volumes of birds, ideally of western US species (but not required). Ideally they would also have experience with fitting transmitter devices to birds however we will provide training. They must be able to lead their team and train the assistants in these practices. They should be able to talk confidently to visitors about the process of banding and why it is important. Enthusiasm is a must!
Please email your interest and experience plus a banding resume to firstname.lastname@example.org