Lead Bird Bander at the Palomarin Field Station
Location: Bolinas, CA.
Duration: Start between July 26 and August 2, 2021; end date ~February 1, 2022
Position Type: Technician
One technician needed to assist on the Palomarin Field Station project at Point Blue Conservation Science on the California coast, in Marin County. Fall and winter field work is primarily focused on mist-netting and bird-banding, as part of our long-term monitoring program. The lead bander - with the help of a supervisor - will help to train 3 intern banders in mist netting and banding techniques. The field schedule is 5-6 days/week in the fall, and then approximately 3 days/week in winter, plus office days. The lead bander will also help with other trainer duties, such as leading weekly check-in meetings with the crew members. The technician will become familiar with current conservation topics, including climate-smart principles, via paper discussions and presentations with the crew. Local housing is provided and will be shared by approximately 4 members of the Palomarin crew. Point Blue is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion at our organization, and individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, crew members will be expected to follow CDC, state of California, County of Marin, and Point Blue guidelines to protect themselves and members of their crew and community; the nature of some of the field work, and the group living environment, often precludes masking or social distancing.
Qualifications: Desired applicants will have at least 1-2 seasons of songbird mist-netting and banding experience, and an interest in working on a team. This position is ideal for someone looking to gain experience with supervising and training others, and previous experience with training banding is not required. Applicants should have a strong interest in birds and conservation, and the desire to spend long hours in the field and office. A typical field day starts before sunrise, and involves hiking 5-7 miles; the terrain has some incline, and can be uneven. Participants must be able to work independently as well as in groups. Exposure to poison oak is unavoidable. Selected applicants will need a valid driver's license, a personal vehicle, and current proof of insurance; Point Blue will conduct a motor vehicle report for insurance purposes, after hiring. Any use of a personal vehicle for field work will be reimbursed at the current federal mileage rate.
Compensation: Lead bander will be paid $20.00 per hour, plus overtime, minus a deductible for housing (determined by the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service: current rate is $100.92 per 2-week paycheck for a shared room).
To Apply: Please submit applications via email to RENÉE CORMIER (EM: email@example.com; PH: 415-868-0655 ext. 416) by June 28, 2021. All applicants should provide a resumé and contact information for three references. In addition to the resumé and references, applicants should choose between one of the following two options: 1) a letter of interest or written document (~1 page) describing why you are interested in this position, how you hope this position can help you advance your own goals, any previous experience you would like to highlight, OR 2) the above information can also be submitted as a short (<5 min) video. Applications are accepted year-round and will be saved until the hiring period.
Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.