BIRD BANDING SEASONAL POSITION
at Audubon Sharon
Position Summary: Audubon Sharon, located in Sharon, CT, is hiring two Bird Banding Seasonals to continue long-time bird banding and research stations following MAPS protocol. The position runs early May through mid-August. The M.A.P.S. project was started in 1989 by the Institute for Bird Populations. M.A.P.S. -Monitoring Avian Productivity & Survivorship- is a constant effort banding project aimed at monitoring bird populations by gathering information about productivity- the ability of individual bird species to reproduce and survivorship of adults birds from year to year. The intent is to not only document declines as they are occurring, but to attribute whether the decline is the result of adults not returning back to their breeding sites or to adults not successfully producing young on their breeding territories. There are over 500 banding stations nationwide that are collecting data and submitting it to a central office in California where the data is then compiled and analyzed on a site specific and region by region basis In 1997, The Sharon Audubon Center collaborated with various National Audubon Society properties, local chapters of Audubon, and the Nature Conservancy to establish 5 banding stations located within the Northwest Corner of CT and in nearby Dutchess County. Annually, two interns are trained and hired to work at our 5 banding stations from May-August to mist-net, band birds and record data. Essential Functions: The Bird Bander will be responsible for operating mist-netting and banding (MAPS) stations in CT and NY, which includes hiking in and out of banding sites on uneven terrain sometimes in the dark, setting up mist-nets before dawn, carefully extracting and banding birds for up to 6 hours at a time, and taking and recording different measurements of the birds including, but not limited to, weight, sex and age. Compensation:$9.15/hour plus housing. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building on Audubon Sharon property with 2 small private bedrooms and one larger bedroom with 2 bunk beds. There are two bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room.
To Apply: All applications must be done online at https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/2408/bird-bander/job. No mailed, emailed or faxed applications will be accepted. Please be sure to include a cover letter. Applications will be accepted through April 18, 2015.
Qualifications and Experience: **Good birding identification skills and knowledge of eastern birds a must **Previous mist-netting and banding experience helpful but not necessary (training provided) **A current driver’s license and own transportation are required. Applicants should be independently motivated, show strong initiative, and be willing and physically able to get up and begin work before dawn, work long days in hot and buggy conditions 6 days per week for the duration of the season. The top applicants will be completely capable and experienced with capturing small birds, identifying them and removing birds from mist-nets. Please highlight your experience in these areas in your cover letter.
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