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  1. Kirtland’s Warbler Michigan Interns (2) needed about May 1 to mid- to late-July (Dates vary by position). We are looking for field interns to assist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s ongoing research on the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We have two overlapping projects going on this year. Our first project will involve re-locating Kirtland’s Warblers that were radio-tagged in The Bahamas and following their reproductive success. We are looking for one more intern to help with this project. These positions start around May 1 and end ~July 21. They will involve driving each day to breeding sites, checking automated radio-towers for detections, relocating tagged birds using handheld and car-mounted telemetry, recapturing tagged birds, following adults to find nests, and checking nests every 3 days. Ideal candidates will have experience re-sighting color bands, radio-tracking, and finding nests through behavioral observations. Experience removing birds from mist-nets, banding, and/or bleeding will also be helpful but not required. Our second project entails a large-scale field experiment in which we will end all Brown-headed Cowbird trapping in Michigan and determine the resulting rates of nest parasitism. We will need one more intern for this position from around May 1 to July 15. Fieldwork will involve closely following male and female Kirtland’s to find nests, nest monitoring, and vegetation measurements around the nest. Top applicants for both positions will have previous experience following songbirds to find nests and re-sighting small color banded birds. In your cover letters, please clearly highlight your experience in these areas. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated record of finding songbird nests. 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. Interns will be assigned to one of the projects based on their experience. Interns will receive a stipend of $425 per week and shared housing will be provided at no cost. Transportation to and from the nearest airport (if necessary) and while in the field will also be provided. Additional information about the research can be found at http://www.nathanwcooper.com/. To apply, please prepare 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: kiwajob@gmail.com AND coopern@si.edu). Please put “Your_Last_Name Michigan Intern” in the subject line of the email.
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