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  • Seasonal Avian Ecologist

    • Employer: Smithsonian Institution, Colorado State University
      Location: Santa Cruz Island, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Seasonal Avian Ecologist (3)

    Three positions are available for an ecological study of endemic Island Scrub-Jays on Santa Cruz Island, California. Current research by the Smithsonian Institution, Colorado State University, Cornell University, and The Nature Conservancy focuses on the jay’s life history, population biology, and behavior. The job will involve finding and monitoring nests, assisting with bird banding, quantifying bird behavior, and mapping territories.


    Prior experience in finding and monitoring passerine nests

    • Proficiency in capturing and banding passerines
    • Good color vision
    • Able to work alone and hike long distances in hot, rugged, and steep terrain
    • Able to live in a small communal setting on an island with limited access to the mainland
    • Valid driver’s license
    • A U.S. bank account
    • Proficiency with acoustic recording equipment is a plus
    • Ability to drive a standard transmission 4x4 vehicle on steep, unimproved dirt roads a plus

    Term of Appointment

    Internships will last 12+ weeks, start date will be between mid-February and mid-March.


    $600 per week


    The project is based on Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Island National Park, off the coast of southern California. Housing, internet access, and utilities will be provided.

    To Apply

    Send one file containing a cover letter, CV, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references to Christopher Tarango: ISSJ.Field.Crew@gmail.com

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