Field Assistant Position

Field assistants are needed for passerine migration monitoring at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory for each spring season which runs from late April until late May. Assistants have an opportunity to contribute to ongoing migration and stopover research at Kaiser – Manitou Beach station where 4000+ birds are typically banded in a single season! Some banding and mist net experience desirable but a positive attitude and willingness to learn is most important. Housing and a small stipend are provided.

Announcement for Spring 2017:


Mike’s first day in 2013, when he went through “Trial by Chickadee.”

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is seeking a Field Assistant for our spring 2017 season (April 24 to May 26) at our station near Rochester, NY. Responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of passerine mist-netting and banding, providing educational and outreach programming to multiple age groups at our station and at events in the area, and data entry (using ACCESS).  Depending on the Observatory’s research needs, Field Assistants will also have the opportunity to help with several projects which may include blood sampling for nutrition and physiology studies, feather pulling for isotope analysis, testing night flight call behavior in the Mobile Avian Recording Studio, and performing migratory orientation experiments.

Applicants should have a strong interest in avian ecology, be willing to work long days that start before sunrise, be meticulous in collecting and recording data, and have excellent communication skills. Some experience with avian monitoring methods including mist-netting is preferred but not necessary.

Housing is provided, as well as a stipend of $1600 and the opportunity to participate in our highly regarded Bander Training Class.

To apply, email a cover letter stating interest, resume, and names and contact information of three references to Elizabeth Brooks. Applications will be evaluated as received; final deadline to apply is March 1.

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