19 December: JOB OPPORTUNITY with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

painted bunting (John James Audubon)


Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is seeking two independent and hard working research technicians to band spring migrants. This is an opportunity to collect valuable data on Nearctic-Neotropical landbird migrants at a stopover hotspot along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

LOCATION: The Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve is on the Northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Matagorda County, Texas. The preserve is part of an expansive coastal wetlands system on the mid-Texas coast that is home to nearly 250 migratory and resident bird species.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: 17 March to 12 May 2013

QUALIFICATIONS: BIRD BANDING ASSITANTS (2) should have experience extracting songbirds from mist-nets and bird identification. All qualified candidates will have the ability to work independently, good inter-personal skills, and meticulous data collection skills. Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts six to seven 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. Candidates must be able to handle hot-humid conditions, biting insects, and a few snakes. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and their own reliable vehicle to travel to the site.

STIPEND: Comfortable housing will be provided. Salary will be competitive and depend on experience ($1,600 to 1,800/month).

TO APPLY: Please send the following as one document (PDF or MS): 1) a letter of interest, 2) a resume and 3) the names and contact information for three work references to EMILY COHEN (EM: EMLCOHEN AT hotmail.com). Please put MAD ISLAND 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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