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Position Dates: May 1 – Oct 31
When to apply: November (International) or February (Domestic)
Klamath Bird Observatory’s 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 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 a NABC certification session co-organized by Klamath Bird Observatory and Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory. Klamath Bird Observatory’s network of banding stations is spread throughout the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon. Operating the sites will necessitate long, arduous days beginning pre-dawn under potentially adverse conditions including heat, cold, mosquitoes, and smoke. Several sites require extensive driving, camping, and some brief strenuous hiking carrying heavy banding equipment. Housing is provided in the Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon.
Successful applicants to the banding program 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 are 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 is 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.