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  • Saltmarsh Songbird Banding Technician

    • Employer: Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program
      Location: Northeastern US
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is looking for a bird bander to collect data for tidal marsh bird research along the mid-Atlantic and New England coast! The selected applicant will be part of a roving field crew sampling songbirds in coastal and inland marshes across the Northeastern US (Maine to Virginia).

    The selected applicant will assist in collecting phenotype data and blood samples from marsh-breeding sparrows to assess the genomic processes of adaptation to saltmarsh habitat. The crew will collect a multitude of data making it an excellent opportunity to expand your field biology skillset.

    The project is specifically focused on Saltmarsh, Nelson’s, Seaside, Swamp, Song, and Savannah sparrows. Technicians will work together to mist-net, band, and draw blood from birds in salt marshes under the supervision of a PhD student. Standardized photographs will also be collected for plumage analyses.

    Ideal applicants will be enthusiastic about avian biology, comfortable working as part of a team, capable of working long hours in suboptimal field conditions (bugs, heat, mud), and have sufficient mist-netting experience with passerine birds. Experience collecting blood samples from passerines through the brachial vein is strongly preferred.

    The position will begin in mid-May, end in mid-August, and require traveling throughout the northeast all summer. Housing and a competitive stipend will be provided.

    Please submit a CV and cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position to Jonathan Clark (jdc1068@wildcats.unh.edu) via email by March 15th to be considered. Put "Saltmarsh Banding Tech App" as the subject line of the email.

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