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  • Stopover Ecology Research Assistant (Bird Banding & Motus Telemetry)- Erie, PA

    Laura-Marie Koitsch
    • Employer: Erie Bird Observatory
      Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Erie Bird Observatory is seeking one seasonal field technician to assist with passerine research in Northwest Pennsylvania for a seven-week period beginning April 11th. The principle responsibility of this position is to assist EBO Staff with their ongoing examination of the stopover ecology of songbirds.

    Principal Accountabilities:

    • Tracking previously tagged songbirds by foot and by personal vehicle.
    • Accurately recording, downloading, and/or entering nanotag tracking data. For a candidate with experience using R software, there is also the potential to assist with future data analysis and possibly even publication.
    • Assisting the Banding Program Manager as part of the banding team at EBO’s migratory monitoring station on Presque Isle. This may include: extracting birds from mist nets, tagging, banding, and/or otherwise collecting data from birds, repairing nets, clearing and trimming vegetation around net lanes, recording data, and interacting with the general public.


    • We are a high-volume station and, as such, the most successful applicants will have at least one season’s experience at a similarly paced station (2,000+ birds/month), volunteer experience is also acceptable.   
    • 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 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 experience with Motus and/or other projects that include deploying small radio transmitters and tracking wildlife.
    • Possess a working understanding of R software.
    • 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.  

    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 bandingATeriebirds.org. Please be sure to highlight any previous work done with radio transmitters and tracking, if you have experience with data analysis using R software and all relevant banding station experience, including an estimate of how many individual birds handled.  

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