2020 Bird Banding Internship

Internship Title: Bird Banding Intern
Compensation: Living stipend and accommodation
Duration: May 1st, 2020 to October 31st, 2020

BIRD BANDING INTERNSHIP. The Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) is seeking highly motivated individuals to participate in our long-term landbird monitoring program in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon. Preference will be given to candidates who are able to commit to the full six-month period encompassing the summer breeding and fall migration seasons.

Our bander training program blends an intensive field internship with coursework designed in accordance with North American Banding Council (NABC) standards to prepare participants for successful careers as banders and field ornithologists. Training and duties will include mist netting and banding of passerines and near passerines; bird and vegetation surveying; data quality-assurance, entry, and management; participation in public outreach and education; equipment maintenance; and field station upkeep. There will be days in the schedule dedicated to classroom sessions but independent study of the banding curriculum is expected. Dependent upon experience level and progress, interested interns may pursue certification at the Assistant, Bander, or Trainer level at an NABC certification session in Arcata, CA in October. Operation of our network of banding stations will necessitate long, arduous days beginning pre-dawn under (occasionally) adverse conditions including heat, cold, mosquitoes, and smoke. Several sites will require camping and some brief strenuous hiking carrying heavy banding equipment.

Accommodation is provided in shared rooms in a rustic cabin on the Upper Klamath Lake which has potable running water, a full kitchen, internet access, and a woodstove and electric space heaters. Hiking and birding opportunities abound nearby and interns will have access to bikes and kayaks. There will be a new bathroom and laundry facility on-site.

Successful candidates will have a strong interest in birds and field biology, possess a positive and constructive attitude in working cooperatively toward project objectives, give priority to safety considerations, and be able to work and live harmoniously in close company with coworkers. To preserve the quality and consistency of our long term dataset, interns must also be able to precisely follow protocols and take meticulous care in collecting and recording data. Excellent communication skills are critical. A field vehicle will be provided for project related travel and interns are required to possess a valid Driver’s License and clean driving record. Further preferred qualifications include western bird identification by sight and sound, and experience with vegetation ID and survey techniques.

This position requires independent drive and patience for the travails of field work, but affords an amazing opportunity to build practical experience in field biology and master a variety of bird monitoring and research skills in a beautiful part of the country.

Application Deadline: March 15th

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Banding Program Coordinator, Lauren diBiccari (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please include dates of availability. 


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