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  • Songbird Banding Technician (Roving)

    Guest Jonathan Clark
    • Employer: Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP)
      Location: Virginia–Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/13/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is seeking an EXPERIENCED BIRD BANDER to join our roving field team that will work in marshes from Maine to Virginia this summer. SHARP is a collaborative group of researchers studying tidal marsh bird ecology and conservation across the Northeast (www.tidalmarshbirds.org) with emphasis placed on Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Willet, and Clapper Rail.



    The roving technician will conduct mist-netting, banding, bird bleeding, and phenotype data collection in tidal saltmarshes across the Northeast. (Housing and transportation will be provided.) Responsibilities also include assisting in the planning of field logistic and staying on top of gear maintenance and data entry. Focal species are the Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Savannah Sparrow.



    Applicants should have sufficient bird banding experience to obtain a federal banding subpermit and previous field work experience in marsh, grassland, or similarly challenging habitats. Applicants should be self-motivated, able to handle difficult field conditions, adaptable, and physically fit. Applicants should also work well as part of a close-knit team and have a positive attitude. Strong organizational skills and an undying love—or at least strong tolerance—of mud, bugs, heat, and the soul-cleansing fires of fieldwork are essential attributes.



    Payment is $600 per week. The position will begin in mid-May 2022 and conclude mid-August 2022. Exact start and end dates are TBD with some flexibility. Housing and transportation will be provided.


    To apply:

    Please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter and resume (or CV) with at least three references to Jonathan Clark at info@tidalmarshbirds.org with “SHARP Roving Crew Search 2022: <your name>” as the subject line.

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