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  • URGENT: Smithsonian Bird Educator/Bander

    • Employer: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
      Location: Washington, DC and Matagorda, TX
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/24/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    BIRD EDUCATOR/BANDER needed for Smithsonian education and citizen science programs. Assistants are needed in the Washington, DC (April 10-July13) region. Work entails an initial 2-4 week period conducting a formal education program for 6th-8th grade students involving banding demonstrations, habitat suitability exercises, and solving conservation problems. Afterwards duties shift to Neighborhood Nestwatch (NN), 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. During the first two weeks assistants will work with staff conducting education programs at the Clive Runnells Mad Island Marsh Preserve in Matagorda, TX followed by two weeks of doing the same at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Two months of NN work in the DC region will follow. 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 should have extensive experience setting up mist nets, removing captured birds unassisted, and recording/entering data meticulously. Some training for the formal education work will be provided. 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. This work involves lots of driving in a metro area setting 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 24, 2019. Please give an estimate of how many birds you have captured and banded unassisted.

    Edited by reitsmar

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