Yellow-billed Cuckoo Paid Internship (2)- Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is seeking 2 skilled field technicians for a tracking study of Yellow-billed Cuckoo across the eastern US from April 15, 2020 to August 15th, 2020. Fieldwork will involve surveying and catching yellow-billed cuckoos across 4 different breeding locations in Texas, Tennessee, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Technicians should have experience surveying and/or territory mapping birds. Applicants with experience mist-netting, handling and collecting tissue samples from small birds will be given preference. Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts six days a week in difficult field conditions. Daily data entry and data proofing will also be a part of the day-to-day work expectations. Field sites are mostly located in edge, brush and riparian habitat within county parks, wildlife refuges, conservation easements and private land. As such, candidates must be able to handle extensive and strenuous hiking in hot-humid and sunny conditions with a variety of biting insects (mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks) and be able to carry and set up heavy equipment. To be successful in the position, candidate should be flexible, have meticulous data collection skills, good inter-personal skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team to accomplish tasks. Applicants must have a valid drivers license. Shared housing will be provided and may include short camping trips. A Smithsonian field vehicle will be used for day-to-day work. Salary will depend on experience and range from $400-450/week. To apply please send electronic copies (PDF or MS Documents) of the following: 1) a letter of interest, 2) a resume and, 3) the names and contact information for three work references to Calandra Stanley (EM: stanleyc AT si.edu). Please put SMBC YBCU Technician as the subject line of your email application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
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