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  • MAPS Bird-banding biologist

    • Employer: The Institute for Bird Populations
      Location: Yosemite National Park, CA; Fort AP Hill, VA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/15/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2020 or until filled

    UPDATE, JANUARY 13: The Yosemite MAPS Biologist position has been filled.

    The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) seeks three (3) field biologists for our summer 2020 Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) season. One biologist will serve as a crew leader to train and lead volunteers operating a network of mist-netting and banding stations in Yosemite National Park, California. Two additional MAPS biologist positions are available at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.The position extends from May 4 (Yosemite) or May 7 (Fort A.P. Hill) through August 8, 2020. 

    Successful applicants should have previous experience with the MAPS protocol, be proficient at Western (Yosemite) or Eastern (Virginia) bird identification by sight and sound, and MUST have advanced skills in mist-netting, bird banding, and ageing and sexing of landbirds in the hand. We recommend including the number and types of birds banded within the application. Applicants will be expected to use Peter Pyle’s Identification Guide to North American Birds (Part I) to identify plumages and molts of landbirds. Previous MAPS field technicians and crew leaders are especially encouraged to apply. Demonstrated leadership skills, attention to detail, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days that begin before dawn, and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field conditions including ticks and mosquitoes are required. 

    FOR YOSEMITE: The biologist will need to provide their own transportation to Yosemite, and a reliable vehicle is a must (trucks/SUVs not required). The Yosemite biologist will be living at Hodgdon Meadow Campground with the volunteers and will need to bring their own camping gear including a tent. IBP will provide a camping stove, propane, a large cooler, and a variety of other kitchen equipment.The Yosemite position is an excellent opportunity to gain experience leading field crews.

    FOR FORT A.P. HILL: The Fort A.P. Hill positions will not lead a crew of technicians but will work as a biologist pair. The biologists must provide their own transportation to the work site, but will be provided with a shared work vehicle and fuel reimbursements, and lodging at the army base once there.

    COMPENSATION: Biologists are expected to spend a minimum of 6 to 7 out of every 10 days in the field, contingent upon weather and logistical considerations. The Yosemite biologist will receive payment of $2,700 per month and project-related mileage reimbursement ($0.37/mile). At Fort A.P. Hill, one biologist will be selected as the field crew lead and will receive $2,700 per month while the non-lead biologist will receive $2,500 per month. Seasonal biologists do not receive additional fringe benefits. See below to apply.


    Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references, by January 15, 2020, via email as a single attachment, to:

    Lauren Helton
    The Institute for Bird Populations
    Phone: (415) 663-1436
    Email: lhelton@birdpop.org

    Please put Yosemite MAPS biologist or Fort AP Hill MAPS biologist in the subject line.


    IBP values diversity and encourages people from all backgrounds to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.

    Edited by LHelton

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