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  • URGENT: Avian Citizen Science Field Technician


    reitsmar
    • Employer: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center - National Zoo
      Location: Washington DC metro area
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/31/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    BIRD BANDERS/EDUCATORS needed for Smithsonian citizen science program. Assistants are needed in the Washington, DC region May 13-July13 (starting date somewhat flexible). Neighborhood Nestwatch (NN) is a Smithsonian citizen science program which takes place in urban/suburban backyards in various regional locations in the U.S. It is a community-based research project and an opportunity to conduct basic conservation biology and environmental education. NN work consists of conducting visits to 40-50 participant properties where banding, point count censuses, nest searching, and re-sighting color-banded birds are conducted along with informal environmental education.  All work requires an ability to capture, color-band, age, sex, and measure birds unassisted as well as communicate ecological topics to a wide range of ages. Applicants must arrive with extensive experience setting up mist nets, removing captured birds unassisted, and recording/entering data meticulously. The work requires discipline and organization to work from early morning onward 6 days per week, diligently carrying out field tasks. Stand-out applicants will also have experience conducting public outreach activities and working cohesively as a crew member. All work will be conducted by paired teams using provided project vehicle. Salary $2,600/month. Housing not provided but affordable leads possible. Please send cover letter, CV, and the names and updated contact information of three references to Bob Reitsma, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, reitsmar@si.edu by March 31, 2019. Indicate “NN Only” on the subject line.  Please give an estimate of how many birds you have captured and banded unassisted. Applications which do not include this estimate will not be processed.

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