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  • Passerine Bander (Experienced)

    • Employer: Alaska Songbird Institute
      Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/30/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: The biologist will be the secondary bander (two days a week) at a songbird migration station within the town of Fairbanks, Alaska.  This position will be offered from 1 August – 20 September, 2019.  Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

    GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Research & monitoring (50%); community interaction (30%); data summarization (10%); and station logistics (10%).

    QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology or related field preferred. The candidate must possess excellent bird-identification skills, high competency at mist netting, aging, sexing, banding passerines (at least 2,500 songbirds in the past five years), and handling other birds. A meticulous approach to collecting and recording data, excellent oral and written communication skills is a must. Ability to manage interns, volunteers, and public visitors is required. Applicants must be in excellent physical shape, able to traverse steep terrain and wade through waist-deep water, capable of making common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), have a high tolerance for dense mosquito activity, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. A positive attitude and passion for communicating science are ideal. In addition, this position requires many early mornings (banding starts at 5:30am every day!) and a good driving record. At this time, we can only hire U.S. citizens or people with their own work visa or green card.

    HOURS:  Approximately 16 hours/week (two days a week) with the opportunity for additional hours. Required weekend days. 

    STATUS:  Non-exempt, seasonal.

    SALARY & BENEFITS: $16.50/hour.  Housing is not guaranteed, but may be provided.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Mist netting and banding requires good manual dexterity and eyesight, and involves long periods of being on your feet with few or no breaks.  This position requires walking through water and vegetation, stepping over logs, crossing uneven terrain, reaching, and carrying heavy objects, including a 25+ pound backpack. Must be able to climb stairs and access basement storage area, banding station and all nets.  Must be able to walk briskly during frequent net runs covering up to 1/3 mile each, tolerate heavy insect activity, and all types of weather conditions including extreme temperatures 9 hours/day.

    TO APPLY:   Please submit a resume, cover letter, names and phone numbers of three references, to Claire Stuyck: ASI.science@aksongbird.org (preferred), or Alaska Songbird Institute, P.O. Box 80235 Fairbanks, AK 99708.  Your resume must include the TOTAL NUMBER and type of birds extracted, handled, and banded. This position will close June 30, 2019.

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