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    NJ Hackensack Meadowlands Bird Technician

    Nellie Tsipoura
    • Employer: NJ Audubon
      Location: NJ Hackensack Meadowlands
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/12/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Technician will catch and band individuals of several passerine bird species in the NJ Hackensack Meadowlands, and collect tissues for further analysis. Technician will be responsible for determining access to various sites by map and GPS, setting up mist-nets and extracting birds from them, finding nests, and collecting tissues. They will also record detailed observations and data in the field and do data entry.  The position requires spending long hours in the field carrying equipment, handling birds, and tolerating exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions.

    All field work conducted at NJ Audubon adheres to NJA’s Field Work Protocol following COVID-19 precautions, complying with federal, state, and local guidelines and restrictions and following industry best practices. Health and safety of staff, volunteers, program and project participants and the public are the top priority. 


    Major Responsibilities

    ·        Assist in determining potential survey sites in wetland habitats and access to those sites

    ·        Visit point by foot or water to set up mist-nets for catching passerine birds

    ·        Assist in banding and collect of body measurements and tissue samples

    ·        Conduct nest searches and collect egg samples

    ·        Assist in processing samples as needed

    ·        Produce online maps of surveyed area and bird captures

    ·        Data entry and management


    Knowledge and Skills

    ·        Ability to identify birds of the Northeast by sight and sound

    ·        Previous experience mist netting, banding and nest searching

    ·        Willingness and ability to navigate by kayak/canoe to water accessible sites

    ·        Attention to detail, ability to follow detailed protocols and collect data

    ·        Proficiency with GPS and mapping apps preferred

    ·        Proficiency with MS Office, including Excel or Access, required

    ·        Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to accept direction and constructive feedback.

    ·        Motivated self-starter with capacity to work in a team setting.

    ·        Strong professionalism and work ethic.

    ·        Excellent oral and written skills required.

    ·        Ability to demonstrate initiative and a positive attitude.

    ·        Ability to relate to a diverse range of people and exercise cultural competence and inclusion.



    ·        Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, environmental science or similar field preferred.

    ·        Experience mist netting, banding and nest searching

    ·        Flexibility to adjust hours to meet the special needs of the program and organization.

    ·        Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.

    ·        Must have own vehicle, and a valid and clean driver’s license.

    ·        Must be able to move materials and lift 25 lbs. as needed.

    ·        Must be able to walk long distances in uneven, muddy, or wet terrain, sometimes in inclement weather.


    Starting Date:  June 15, 2020.  End Date: July 31, 2020

    Salary:  $ 1,080 to $1,200 bi-weekly, depending on experience.

    Please send cover letter of interest, resume, and three references as a single PDF document (including email and phone contact info) to hr.research@njaudubon.org

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