Kirtland’s Warbler Paid Internships - ~May 1 to July 15. We are looking for ~6 experienced field interns to assist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s ongoing research on the recently delisted Kirtland’s Warbler in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We have two projects this year. Our first project entails a large-scale field experiment in which we have suspended Brown-headed Cowbird trapping in Michigan and will determine the resulting rates of brood parasitism by finding Kirtland’s Warbler nests. We will need 3 interns for this position from May 1 to ~July 15. Fieldwork will involve closely following male and female Kirtland’s to find nests, nest monitoring, nestling banding, and vegetation measurements around the nest. Our second project is aimed at developing a long-term monitoring protocol for Kirtland’s Warblers across the state of Michigan. We will need 3 interns for this project from May 1 to July 15. Fieldwork will involve daily spot mapping of Kirtland’s Warblers at sites across the entire breeding range in Michigan. Additionally, the spot mapping crew will be searching for color-banded birds at all locations. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of finding songbird nests and/or spot mapping and re-sighting color-banded songbirds. To be successful in these positions, interns will need to be flexible, independently motivated, show strong initiative, and be willing and physically able to spend long days (8-10+ hrs) navigating dense stands of Jack Pines with cold mornings and hot afternoons 6 days per week for the duration of the season. In your cover letters, please clearly highlight your experience in each these areas. Interns will be assigned to one of the projects based on their experience and interest. Interns will receive a stipend of at least $450 per week. Shared housing, field vehicles, and transportation from the nearest major airport (if necessary) will be provided at no cost. Depending on the day, driving to the field sites may take anywhere from 15-90 minutes each way. The field sites are located across beautiful northern Michigan (centered around Grayling, MI). Great canoeing, fly fishing, and other recreational opportunities exist in the area. The housing consists of two summer cabin style homes located in rural, forested areas. Additional information about the research can be found at http://www.nathanwcooper.com/. To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter and a Resume/CV with contact information for 3 references as a single .pdf file. Name this file “Your_Last_Name_Michigan_Intern.pdf” and send to Dr. Nathan W. Cooper (EM: email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org). Please put “Your_Last_Name Michigan Intern” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed as they are received so please apply ASAP.