Erie Bird Observatory is seeking one seasonal banding technician to assist with avian research in Northwest Pennsylvania for a seven-week period beginning April 12th. The primary duty of this position is extracting birds from mist nets and assisting with banding as part of the banding team. Field protocols for Covid19 must be followed, along with all applicable state park rules.
Erie Bird Observatory operates a migratory landbird banding station in both the spring and fall out on Presque Isle State Park, a 3,112-acre sandy peninsula that juts into Lake Erie. A National Natural Landmark since 1967, the park has been named one of the best places in the United States for birding. The park's unique position on the Great Lakes creates incredible opportunities for witnessing avian migration and "fall-outs" during the springtime months are not uncommon. Bird banding has been conducted in the park since 1960, thus this position also provides an exciting opportunity to work as part of long-term data collection project steeped in local history.
- We are a high-volume station and, as such, successful applicants will have extensive experience extracting, handling, and banding songbirds, including at least one season’s experience of either spring or fall migration banding at a similarly high-volume station (2,500+ birds/month).
- Must be able to identify eastern North American birds by sight, and be able to hike up to 6-10 miles per day in uneven or muddy terrain and in inclement weather.
- Must possess a strong dedication to maintaining data integrity. Must be able to accurately (and legibly) record data that is being quickly said aloud whilst outside in field conditions. Must be computer/tablet literate and capable of entering and managing data in Excel (computer access will be provided).
- Must be comfortable interacting with the general public as our station attracts over 500 visitors a season.
- A flexibility to adjust and/or work irregular hours due to weather is necessary.
- Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
- Must provide own vehicle and have a valid driver’s license.
Although not required, the most successful of candidates will also:
- Have previous environmental interpretation experience and/or teaching skills.
- Be comfortable using social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to relay information regarding EBO’s banding program (including daily totals/updates) in a manner consistent with NABC guidelines.
- Have previous experience with Motus and/or other projects that include deploying small radio transmitters and tracking wildlife.
- Hold NABC certification at the banding assistant level or higher.
The principle responsibility of this position is assisting the Banding Program Manager with EBO’s avian research efforts. This includes extracting birds from mist nets, banding and collecting data from birds (may include Motus tracking work), repairing nets, clearing and trimming vegetation around net lanes, recording data, and checking data.
Compensation: $600 per week. EBO will assist with locating short-term housing.
To Apply: Applicants should submit a resume or CV, a cover letter, and contact information for three references (include phone and email) in one document to Laura-Marie Koitsch at email@example.com. Please highlight all relevant banding experience as well as note the total number for each of the following: birds that you have extracted, birds banded, birds handled.
Edited by Laura-Marie Koitsch