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  • Part-Time Passerine Bander/Field assistant

    Guest akornreich@fordham.edu
    • Employer: Clark Lab of Fordham University- for PhD student's project
      Location: Louis Calder Center – Biological Field Station, Armonk, NY
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Salary: $2,000 - $3,000 for the summer, commensurate with experience

    Review of Applicatiosn begins 3/1/2022

    Experienced passerine banders needed for the summer field season: approximately May 15th – July 15th  2022. We are looking for two field assistants to work alongside undergraduates, graduate students, and experienced banders to assist with data collection for a graduate research project. The banding schedule is dependent on weather, and the fieldwork schedule is generally decided on a week-to-week basis.

    We will be banding, color banding, and collecting blood samples from gray catbirds. Color-branded individuals will then tracked with a handheld GPS and audio recorder on non-banding days to record vocalizations and map nesting territories. In addition, we will also  be attaching tracking packages containing both a GPS data logger and a VHF transmitter to track movement and map territories of focal gray catbirds.

    Primary responsibilities include: 1) extracting birds from mist nets, 2) handling and processing birds, 3) tracking catbirds, and 4) other fieldwork related responsibilities as necessary. Field assistants must have experience opening/closing mist nets, extracting birds, and handling, identifying, aging, and sexing passerines and near passerines. Experience collecting blood samples would be preferred but is not required. Work will generally be 30 minutes prior to sunrise for 6-7 hours, 3-5 days per week for an average of 20-30 hours/week. Successful candidates should have an interest in birds, possess a positive attitude, be able to work in close company with coworkers, be able to follow protocols, be prepared to work long hours in sometimes adverse conditions (heat and humidity), and be meticulous and patient.

    We have a socially distancing bird banding protocol based on CDC guidelines, including the use of face masks. Applicants would ideally be able to commute to the Louis Calder Center, in Armonk, NY. The availability of renting basic housing at the field station is a possibility that is still being explored.  

    Please submit a resume and contact information for two references to Ar Kornreich (akornreich@fordham.edu). Please include "Summer Passerine Bander/Field Assistant" as the email subject line.

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