The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) is looking for BIRD BANDERS and NEST SEARCHERS to conduct tidal marsh bird research on one of four stationary demographics crews along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts.
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 work will occur in conjunction with biologists at numerous National Wildlife Refuges and state and private lands.
Demographics Field Technicians:
Technicians will conduct nest searching, mist-netting, banding, and vegetation surveys for Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sparrow and Seaside Sparrow. Positions are available in multiple locations along the coast; placement will be based on experience and order of application. Ideal applicants will have previous grassland nest searching experience and/or sufficient mist-netting and blood sampling (via the brachial vein) experience to operate independently, be self-motivated and physically fit, have a positive attitude, and work well as part of a team
Technicians should anticipate working long days in challenging field conditions and are expected to have strong organizational skills, a valid US driver’s license with a clean driving record, and an undying love (or at least tolerance) of mud, bugs, and the soul-cleansing fires of fieldwork.
Salary ranges from $480 to $600 per week, depending on experience.
Positions begin in early May 2020 and conclude mid/late August 2020, exact dates are crew dependent.
Housing and vehicles will be available for all positions.
Please send a single PDF file, with your name in the title, containing a cover letter and resume with at least three references to:
with “Sparrow Demographics Team 2020” as the subject line.