Two full-time, short-term positions available for projects with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF) and its Nature Mapping Jackson Hole (NMJH) program from May 2019 through August 2019.
Successful applicants will lead two Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) stations and be responsible for banding nestling and adult Mountain Bluebirds in Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge, and private lands in Jackson, Wyoming. Main duties will be to conduct passerine mist netting, banding, and data entry according to MAPS protocols 2.5 days each week. Other duties are associated with an ecological study of Mountain Bluebirds, including nestbox monitoring, banding, re-sighting, data entry and general project support. These positions will work directly with each other throughout the summer and alongside, JHWF staff and volunteers.
Applicants must possess excellent bird-identification skills, high competency at mist netting, aging, sexing, weighing and banding passerines (at least two seasons of experience required; knowledge using MAPS protocols is highly desirable) and handling of near-passerine species too. Also required is a meticulous approach to collecting and recording data, combined with excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to manage volunteers and public visitors is favored. Applicants must be in good physical shape, able to walk distances across uneven ground, capable of making commonsense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), have a high tolerance for mosquito activity, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. In addition, this position requires many early mornings. Non-banding days will be spent doing data entry and data management, resighting of banded Mountain Bluebirds, habitat surveys, and other research-related field and office tasks.
Supplementary work to include overseeing several Snake River Float Trips on Sunday mornings throughout the summer when staff coverage is needed. Also, providing partnership support (i.e., encouragement and guidance) to volunteers in nearby Dubois, Wyoming, who are involved with the Dubois Community Trail and monitoring Mountain Bluebird nestboxes for breeding success.
Compensation is $1750/month. Start and end dates somewhat negotiable. Housing is provided (no smoking, no pets) and use of a research vehicle (valid driver’s license required). Unfortunately, we cannot provide fringe benefits or health insurance with these positions.
TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter that details relevant experience and skills, a résumé, and contact information for three professional references as a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in your cover letter an estimate of the number of birds you have extracted from mist nets and processed. Label your PDF and the subject line of the email as "First name_Last name_Passerine Bird Bander." Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Deadline to apply: March 29, 2019.
More information on the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation can be found at www.jhwildlife.org.