Required Skills & Qualities
The ideal candidate for the Summer Field Biology Opportunity is an enthusiastic individual with a passion for environmental conservation and field biology. The candidate should have experience with mist netting and bird banding, possess bird and plant identification skills.
A cheerful eagerness to work in a public setting is required. The candidate should be self-motivated, and able to successfully work independently and in a supportive team atmosphere.
Further, the candidate should be in good physical condition and able to work outside for extended periods as well as in a casual yet professional office setting.
Candidates should provide their own binoculars.
· Participate in our Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) research program. This includes site preparation, bird extraction from mist nets, banding, data collection and management, and data reporting. MAPS is a North American research project led by the Institute for Bird Populations. There are more than 500 MAPS Stations across the continent. MAPS is a rigorous scientific endeavor, utilizing demographic techniques specifically recommended for monitoring the effectiveness of avian conservation efforts. The data provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.
· Aid in the development of sanctuary management plans and executing plans. This includes identifying emerging invasive species and researching and implementing best practices for management, monitoring for evidence of pollution and other habitat degradation, identifying ideal point count locations, updating sanctuary wildlife checklists, and positioning and checking camera traps.
· Additional opportunities for research and activity (e.g., communications and marketing, development, environmental education, etc.) are available, depending on the candidate’s experience and personal goals.
· Assist in the smooth operation of Bedford Audubon.
Dates: Late May – early August (see note)
Time Commitment: Approximately 35 hours per week, 10 week minimum
Hourly Rate: $12/hour
Housing Credit: We are pleased to offer a voluntary housing credit that includes lodging and utilities at our historic Bylane Farm. The housing credit will be applied to your hourly rate. Please inquire for details.
Location: Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road, Katonah, New York, 10536
Note: Start and end dates are somewhat flexible depending on your academic and personal schedule: please include any date restrictions in your cover letter.
· Email your cover letter describing your interest and personal goals for this position, résumé or curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references to Tait Johansson, Naturalist-in-Residence, at email@example.com by no later than April 5.
· Please include “2019 Summer Field Biologist” as the email subject line.