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  • Songbird Bander

    Univ of Montana Bird Ecology Lab
    • Employer: University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL)
      Location: Western Montana/Bitterroot Valley
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/05/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    SONGBIRD BANDER (1) needed from August 8 – mid-October for a Fall Migration Songbird Study in western Montana with the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab (UMBEL). The project collects information on patterns of western migrating passerines.  We will operate 1 long-term songbird banding station in the Bitterroot Valley floodplain near Missoula, MT. Banding takes place 4 days/week, usually Mon-Thurs. Previous banding/extraction experience is required for Bander position (minimum 500 birds, skulling experience, and knowledge of molt).  Banders will be working with a crew leader, but ideally would feel comfortable working without supervision.  Technicians can expect early mornings, inclement weather, beautiful country, and rewarding work.

    Salary range for Banders is $13-15/hour, depending on experience.  Technicians must arrange their own travel to Missoula. Shared housing is available, but the technician must have transportation from the housing to the field site (~10 mile drive). In addition, applicants who are available for the entirety of the field season will be given preference.  

    To apply please e-mail a cover letter and a resume with three references to: tricia.rodriguez@mso.umt.edu. 

    Please be sure to include information about your banding experience, specifically how many birds you have banded/extracted, as well as your experience in the use of molt limits and skulling to age birds.  We will begin reviewing applications immediately and the application period will close by Aug 5.

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