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  1. POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Alaska Songbird Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Alaska’s boreal birds through ecological research and education. We are seeking two interns to assist research and education efforts at the Creamer’s Field Migration Station, a long-running banding station within the town of Fairbanks, operating during spring and fall migration. Training will be provided in bird banding and mist netting techniques, bird identification, and environmental education. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties may include but are not limited to: operating mist nets, monitoring and removing birds from mist nets, recording data, leading 1-hour field trips (grades K-12), leading 1-hour bird walks for visitors, station maintenance, interacting with volunteers, greeting independent visitors, creating virtual education content and social media outreach, and entering data in a manner consistent with ASI procedures. Responsibilities are expected to break down as follows: research & monitoring (40%); science education and community interaction (40%); data summarization and entry (10%); and field logistics (10%). QUALIFICATIONS: Interns must possess a demonstrated interest in ornithology, science education, a strong work ethic, meticulous approach to collecting and recording data, positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, a genuine desire to gain experience in banding, and working in a community-based research model. Interns must make common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), be able to work independently and as part of a team. In addition, this position requires many early mornings (starting as early as 5:30 AM), weekend work, and the ability to follow a work schedule that is dependent upon changing weather and field logistics. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Bird banding requires good manual dexterity and eyesight and involves long periods of being on your feet with few or no breaks. Interns must be able to access all mist nets and travel with groups of children and adults to the study area. This job may require walking through waist deep water and vegetation, carrying a backpack with gear (~25lbs), stepping over logs and fences, crossing uneven terrain, riding a bicycle, and carrying heavy objects in high levels of insect activity and inclement weather conditions. HOURS: Variable, not to exceed 40 hours/week from August 2 - September 30, 2021. Required to work many weekend days. STATUS: Seasonal COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: This is a volunteer, educational position that carries no salary, however the position includes a living stipend of $1,250 per month. Stipends are taxable and paid in monthly installments. Free or low-cost housing may be available. TO APPLY: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (at least one should be familiar with your experience/skills working with youth) as a single document to Robert Snowden: ASI.science@aksongbird.org. This position will officially close June 30, 2021, but will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.
  2. POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Alaska Songbird Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Alaska’s boreal birds through ecological research and education. We are seeking an enthusiastic candidate to serve as the secondary bander for the fall banding season at the long-running Creamer’s Field Migration Station within the town of Fairbanks, Alaska. This position will be offered from August 2nd – September 30th, 2021. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Research & monitoring (60%); community interaction (20%); data entry and proofing (10%); and station logistics (10%). Bander is expected to lead station banding operations alongside experienced volunteer assistants for up to two days a week, and assist bander-in-charge for about three days per week. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology or related field preferred. The candidate must possess excellent bird identification skills, high competency at mist netting, aging, sexing, banding passerines (at least 800 songbirds in the past five years), and handling other birds. Experience working at high-volume migration stations and familiarity with fall molt patterns is a plus. A meticulous approach to collecting and recording data, and excellent communication skills are required. The candidate must be able to help manage interns and volunteers, and interact professionally with public visitors. Applicants must be in excellent physical shape, able to traverse steep terrain and wade through waist-deep water, capable of making common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), have a high tolerance for dense mosquito activity, and be able to work independently and as part of a team. A positive attitude and passion for communicating science are ideal. In addition, this position requires many early mornings (banding days start as early as 5:30 AM!). HOURS: Approximately 40 hours/week (five days a week). Requires a flexible schedule and weekend days. SALARY & BENEFITS: $16-18/hour DOE. Free or low-cost housing may be available. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Mist netting and banding requires good manual dexterity and eyesight, and involves long periods of being on your feet with few or no breaks. This position requires walking through vegetation and water up to several feet deep, stepping over logs, crossing uneven terrain, reaching, and carrying heavy objects, including a 25+ pound backpack. Must be able to climb stairs and access basement storage area, banding station and all nets. Must be able to walk briskly during frequent net runs covering up to 1/3 mile each, tolerate heavy insect activity, and all types of weather conditions including extreme temperatures. TO APPLY: Please submit in a single document a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Robert Snowden at ASI.science@aksongbird.org. Your resume must include the total number and type of birds extracted, handled, and banded. This position will officially close June 30, 2021, but will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found.
  3. POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position will assist research and education programs at the Alaska Songbird Institute in Fairbanks, Alaska. The intern will work alongside ASI biologists and community volunteers at the Creamer’s Field Migration Station, a songbird mist netting station operating during spring and fall migration. Training will be provided in: bird banding & mist netting techniques, bird identification, and science education and outreach techniques. GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is dynamic and will provide opportunities to build skills in: songbird identification and research techniques, science education and communication. Duties may include, but are not limited to: operating mist nets, monitoring and removing birds from nets, recording and entering data, leading education programs (e.g., community walks and K-12 field trips), developing outreach content (i.e., print, digital, and social media), interacting with volunteers, and greeting independent visitors. The successful intern will be expected to develop and complete an individual project of their choosing. Additional opportunities will be provided to assist with the student’s focus. Examples of projects include writing a popular press article for the general public, creating original artwork that communicates science, giving a community outreach presentation, producing training materials, and developing a research proposal. QUALIFICATIONS: The intern must be currently enrolled at an academic intuition as an undergraduate student. Recently graduated students may be considered. Interns must possess a demonstrated interest in ornithology and science communication, a strong work ethic, meticulous approach to collecting and recording data, positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, a genuine desire to gain experience in field techniques and working in a community-based research model. Interns must make common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), be able to work independently and as part of a team. Prior bird handling, mist net and banding experience is a plus, but not required. In addition, this position requires many early mornings (starting at 5:30 AM), weekend days, and the ability to follow a work schedule that is dependent upon changing weather and field logistics. Flexibility to reasonably accommodate the students fall coursework schedule will be provided. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Bird banding requires good manual dexterity and eyesight, and involves long periods of being on your feet with few or no breaks. Interns must be able to access all mist nets. This job may require walking through waist deep water and vegetation, carrying a backpack with gear (~25lbs), stepping over logs and fences, crossing uneven terrain, and carrying heavy objects in high levels of insect activity and inclement weather conditions. HOURS: Variable, averaging 35 hours /week for an 8-week period. Start date is flexible (earliest June 22nd); however, the 8-week period must be completed by October 4th. [TB1] Required to work many weekend days. STATUS: Non-exempt, seasonal. SALARY & BENEFITS: The intern will earn a living stipend of $2500 for the 8-week period. Partial months will be pro-rated. Stipends are taxable and paid in monthly installments in accordance with time worked. Housing is not provided. TO APPLY: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references as a single document to: ASI.science@aksongbird.org. Any experience with extraction and banding of passerines should be included with total numbers of each. This position will remain open until filled.
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