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    Song Sparrow Field Tech


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    • Employer: Smithsonian Institution, Colorado State University
      Location: Channel Islands, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/06/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are seeking a paid avian field technician for the spring 2020 field season (mid-February to early April) to study an island endemic subspecies of Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia graminea) on the northern Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. Responsibilities include assisting with mist-netting, banding, and measuring Song Sparrows, and making song recordings from color-marked birds. Emphasis will be placed on safe bird handling and responsible data collection. The terrain can be rugged, and temperatures range from cool and rainy to hot and sunny. Field housing is rustic but comfortable, with electricity, running water, and a full kitchen. The islands are wonderful places to work, with opportunities for beautiful hikes, swimming, and birding, and the opportunity to live and work among rare and endemic wildlife. 

    Ideal candidates will have prior passerine banding experience (comfortable setting up and taking down mist-nets, extracting birds, and banding). Ability to identify common birds by sight and song, and prior experience re-sighting color-banded birds is also useful. Prior experience with hand-held recording equipment a plus, but not a requirement. Must be able to hike moderate distances daily across rocky ground carrying a day-pack. 

    If you are interested in the position, please email Zena Casteel, at z.c.casteel@gmail.com with one pdf file containing a short paragraph describing your interest in the position, your CV, and at least two references with emails and phone numbers. Hiring will begin as soon as a qualified candidate is found. 

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