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    Volunteer Songbird Field Assistant, Northern Berkshires, North Adams, MA

    • Employer: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
      Location: North Adams, MA, northern Berkshires
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/10/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Summary: Volunteer Field Assistant needed to assist with bird field research projects in the northern Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.  ~4 days/week is spent working with Veeries.  The primary duty is to mistnet Veeries using active and passive techniques. We color band the veeries and attach geolocators.  Secondary duties include spot mapping, resighting color-banded birds, nest searching, and tick sampling.  ~1 day/week is spent mist-netting dark-eyed juncos at other field sites in the northern Berkshires, particularly sites above ~2000 feet elevation on Mt. Greylock and Savoy State Forest.   

    Requirements: Passion for birds and field research.  Ability and desire to learn quickly.  Some experience handling animals preferred. Enthusiasm for early mornings and tolerance for ticks is important.  Supervision and training in mistnetting and bird handling provided.

    Work schedule: Monday-Friday, from ~4:45 am -12:30 pm.  Excessive rainy weekdays may require some Saturday field days.  Applicants wishing to become proficient in bird handling must commit to the full work schedule.  There is greater scheduling flexibility with experienced bird banders.

    Position dates: May 13 through June 21, 2019, with some flexibility

    Send applications to Dan Shustack, d.shustack@mcla.edu, Environmental Studies Dept, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, by May 3.  Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references.

    Pay: This is a volunteer position.  No housing provided. Assistant must provide own daily transportation to North Adams, MA field site.  Transportation to study sites outside North Adams is provided.

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