Banding Positions

Jon. Anderson and Marty Chaney festuca at
Wed Jan 28 23:01:14 PST 2004

Hi folks,

Thought that there might be some intrepid birder who might be interested in
the following positions and internships. Please contact the hiring
scientists at the addresses below.

Jon. Anderson
Olympia, Washington
festuca at

Subject: Banding positions available
From: The Lambies <lambie AT UNISERVE.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 12:13:14 -0800

Re: Job opportunities for banders in North Central BC

When we posted our ad for a Bander and assistant Bander we neglected to
state that the bander should have a Master or sub permit and the assistant
bander will need to have good banding and mistnetting skills. Our previous
ad is below and is still in effect with the additions above.

Job opportunities for Banders at Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada

Mackenzie Nature Observatory is accepting applications for a bander and an
assistant bander for our Fall 2004 banding season for the period of July 20
to Sept 21. Our station is at Mugaha Marsh (latitude 55° 23', longitude 123°
12') 14 km northwest of Mackenzie, BC via a gravel road. The Marsh is
located in the Rocky Mountain Trench, west of the Rocky Mountains and east
of the Parsnip Reach of Williston Lake. Our banding lab is a 12' x 20'

Mackenzie Nature Observatory is a full member station of the Canadian
Migration Monitoring Network and we operate under CWS Delta's permit.
Banders are expected to follow the station's protocol. Banding is conducted
daily for 6 hrs starting at sunrise. In September owl banding is done in the
evenings in addition to the songbird banding in the day time. A daily one
hour census is done on an established route. Casual observations are also
recorded to help with the estimated totals at the end of the day. As birds
rarely sing in the fall it is helpful to know their other vocalizations and
flight calls. The banding data and ET's are to be computerized at the end of
each day. Banders will be required to prepare a summary of the banding
season for our annual report.

The primary bander should have experience scoring moult as they will be
required to complete moult cards on specific species. We can have busy days
at the station with a good portion of the birds arriving in a couple net
rounds. Early in the season you can expect to see birds in juvenal plumage
and others in heavy moult. In September it is not unusual to find frost on
the nets some mornings when we go to open.

Our netlanes are a fair distance apart and we use bikes to get to the far
ones. We can capture 6 species of empidonax flycatchers, 4 of them on a
regular basis. We have had interbreeds of Yellow-shafted and Red-shafted
Flickers and we have had hybrid sapsuckers. We are in the overlap zone for
the Myrtle and Audubon Warblers. The hatch year Swamp and Lincoln Sparrows
can be confusing.

Our Song Sparrows are larger and darker than eastern subspecies. The most
common species banded is Ruby-crowned Kinglets and the most common warblers
are American Redstarts and Northern Waterthrush. We have banded a low of 44
species in 1997 (when we didn't start until Aug 11) and a high of 68 in

The banders will be required to work with and teach volunteers of varying
skill levels.

We have two small travel trailers that provide accommodations on site. We
do not have running water at the station. Local volunteers bring out
drinking water, but you will need to come into town for showers. We have
electricity at the station. There is a large refrigerator, an electric
kettle, toaster, and coffee maker in the electrical building that is shared
by all. If you prefer to cook outside the club has a three burner campstove
as well.

The bander and assistant bander will be paid on a contract basis. $120 per
day for the bander and $80 per day for the assistant bander. You will be
paid on rainy days as census and Et's can be done, but we do not pay for
days taken off for sickness or personal reasons.

Please send your applications to Mackenzie Nature Observatory, Attention:
Bird Committee, Box 1598, Mackenzie BC V0J 2C0 or by email to Lambie AT

Applicant review will commence January 25, 2004 and will continue until
suitable applicants are found.

subscription options and posting rules can be found at the BirdBand web

Subject: Internships with MAPS banding Program
From: Sara Martin <smartin AT BIRDPOP.ORG>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 11:22:31 -0800

The Institute for Bird Populations is seeking aspiring banders to work
asinterns for the summer or 2004 on the Monitoring Avian Productivity
andSurvivorship (MAPS) Program. If banders could pass the
followingannouncement on to volunteers, students or other individuals
interested in gaining MAPS banding experience, we would greatly appreciate
it. Thank you.

>>>Field Biologist Interns are needed to operate constant effort mistnetting

and banding stations for the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship
(MAPS) program in locations throughout the continental U.S. Join this
continent-wide, cutting edge effort to determine the vital rates that cause
changes in North American landbird populations. Positions are available in
the Northwest region (Montana, Oregon, and Washington), California, the
Western Midwest/Texas region (Missouri and Texas), and the Eastern
Midwest/East region (Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, and
Virginia). Interns are accepted into a given region and, after training,
are assigned to a specific location. Internships are from 1 May (23 Apr in
TX and southern CA) through 8 August. Enthusiastic individuals with
previous birding and/or field research experience are preferred. Prior
banding experience is not necessary as all internships include an intensive,
two week training course in mistnetting, banding, and aging and sexing small
landbirds. Flexibility, good physical condition, a tolerance of long days
that begin before dawn and the ability to endure sometimes difficult field
conditions are required. Applicants with good field vehicles are especially
needed. Shared housing and a per diem ranging from approximately $432 to
$720 per month (depending on location and experience) for food and other
out-of-pocket expenses are provided. For more information and application
materials please visit our website at WWW.BIRDPOP.ORG or contact SARA
MARTIN, The Institute for Bird Populations, PO Box 1346, Point Reyes
Station, CA 94956. FAX 415-663-9482, PH 415-663-1436, smartin AT

Sara Martin
The Institute for Bird Populations
MAPS Biologist, MAPS Intern Coordinator
PO Box 1346, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Ph: 415-663-1436 Fax: 415-663-9482
Email: smartin AT

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