Dates: April 13th – early June
We're looking for a volunteer assistant bander to join a lead bander and another volunteer for the spring banding season. Banding experience is preferred but not required. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain real experience in the handling and processing of songbirds at a long-term monitoring site.
You will be working at the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa near Moab, Utah. This beautiful riparian habitat provides critical resources to migratory birds, amidst the desert of the Colorado Plateau. The station has banded over 10,000 birds so far of 125 species including Willow Flycatcher, Black-throated Sparrow, Canyon Wren, Juniper Titmouse and much more.
The position runs from April 6th through early June, encompassing the whole spring bird migration. The team are required to work 10 days on and 2 days off. Mist nets are opened from a half hour before dawn for six hours a day. You will be trained in mist-netting and banding techniques by the lead bander and you will also assist with the tours of visiting groups. In your free time you can explore the fantastic Red Rock Country of southern Utah.
Banding experience is not required but is preferred. It is important that you are enthusiastic about bird research and/or conservation biology. You must be able to work well as a team in a fairly isolated location. You must be able to interact well with visitors young and old. Ideally you would have some field experience, used to working outside for long hours in variable conditions.
If interested, please email with your interest and relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org