Bandelier National Monument is seeking applicants for a five-month bird banding internship. The selected candidate’s primary responsibility will be to serve as a bird bander for the park’s 2020 bird banding program, which is one of a number of long-term research and monitoring programs at the monument. The intern will be part of a bird banding crew consisting of a lead bird bander, this internship, a handful of volunteers, and a National Park Service employee. Our bird banding program includes both Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) and two migratory banding stations which have been monitored for 16 and 10 years respectively. During the summer season (May-July), the bird banding crew will monitor and track nesting passerines at four MAPS sites at different locations in the park. During fall migration (August-October), the crew will work with volunteers and school groups to track migrating passerines. A key part of our bird banding program is educating under-served school children about the bird banding process, with an emphasis on the biology of birds and potential influences from warming climates. The selected applicant will all be involved in creating a 45-minute bird banding presentation to deliver to approximately 20 different 6th grade classes. These programs will take place in September during which the schools will also visit the banding site to see the scientists and interns in action.
The secondary responsibilities of this position are to provide general support to Bandelier’s Natural Resources Program which may include: conducting avian point counts; monitoring Peregrine Falcon nests; repairing/removing ungulate exclosures; assisting with bat surveys; leading birding walks for visitors; assisting with vegetation plots; assisting with Threatened and Endangered (T&E) species surveys; assisting in the planting, salvaging, and caring of native plants; assisting in the mapping and control of exotic plants; and entering data into databases. Much of the above-mentioned work will be performed outdoors and may require walking or hiking over rugged terrain and working outdoors in both hot and cold weather and possibly at night.
Recruiting a highly-qualified intern to support the Bandelier’s bird banding program and Natural Resources Program is essential to our success. Knowledge of bird banding is preferred including: setting up mist nets; removing birds from the nets; banding birds; identifying, sexing, and aging birds, collecting information on bird’s body condition and reproductive status; and properly releasing the bird without harm. Those aspects which are not familiar will be taught to the selected applicant. Applicants must be able to work well with others.
It will be expected that the selected candidate be an active team member to both the bird banding crew and Bandelier’s Natural Resources Program and be willing to perform a wide-array of duties. Applicants must be able and willing to work irregular schedules including early mornings, nights, and weekends. It is desirable that applicants be able to carry 30+ lbs and have experience hiking and navigating in remote backcountry settings using map, compass, and GPS.
Bandelier National Monument (BAND) is a unit of the National Park System located near the town of Los Alamos, NM. BAND is located on the Pajarito Plateau in northern New Mexico, and protects over 33,000 acres of rugged canyons, mesas, and forests ranging from just over 5,000 feet in elevation near the Rio Grande River to over 10,000 feet in elevation at the park’s northern boundary in the Jemez Mountains. The neighboring town of Los Alamos is the location of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a Department of Energy national laboratory and one of the largest science and technology institutions in the world. The park benefits from this large, local population of scientists, some of whom support the park’s bird banding program. Many members of the community also participate in the migratory banding sessions in August and September. The headquarters of Bandelier is over 6,000 feet in elevation and summers in the park are characterized by very warm days, cool nights, and frequent monsoonal thunderstorms. Shared housing will be provided near the headquarters area of the park. A vehicle will also be provided for work-related activities. A personal vehicle is required in order for the intern to have access to groceries and any other personal activities.
$800/month + housing
Position will begin in mid-May and end in mid-October.
To apply, please send your CV/resume including contact email addresses for at least three (3) references to Sarah Milligan at firstname.lastname@example.org.