Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

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Point Blue Conservation Science is seeking one volunteer research assistant to work on Southeast Farallon Island, 30 miles west of San Francisco, California as part of a study examining the migratory movement of parulid warblers.

Research assistant duties will primarily consist of catching songbirds in mistnets, identifying species, age, and sex of individuals, collecting morphological data according to established Point Blue protocols, and fitting them with small radio transmitters. In addition, the RA will be responsible for using automated and handheld radio telemetry equipment to monitor departure orientation, and assist the PI with set-up and maintenance of the antenna array and automated receiver.  RAs will work full-time, 7 days a week, with a variable schedule that includes long days, pre-dawn start times and night work. RAs also contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the research station and assist with other biological research projects including daily surveys for migrating birds, bats, and butterflies, monitoring white shark activity, daily cetacean surveys, elephant seal tag resights, and monitoring burrowing owl abundance. Applicants for this position must have experience extracting birds from mistnets as well as be comfortable handling and banding songbirds.


Previous radio telemetry experience is also desirable. Applicants should enjoy working independently with a high level of responsibility in field work and data entry as well as working frequently with a partner or team. Enthusiasm for intense field work in foggy, windy, and cold conditions is essential as is the ability to maintain a pleasant attitude and coexist on a small, isolated island with other researchers. Position will run from approximately 15 August to 22 October, 2018. We provide great food and comfortable housing on the island. Transportation to San Francisco may also be covered. To apply, please submit a cover letter to Jim Tietz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) describing your interest in the position, a resume focusing on your banding experience, and three references that can vouch for your banding abilities, work ethic, and ability to work well with others. Application deadline is August 1.