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 2018:


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

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory is seeking a Field Assistant for the 2018 spring season (April 23 to May 25) at our bird monitoring and research station near Rochester, NY. BBBO is a high-volume passerine banding station investigating stopover ecology along the Lake Ontario shoreline. We band nearly 10,000 birds annually, and we serve as a research station for ornithologists from a half-dozen colleges and universities. This assistantship is a unique opportunity to gain competence in mist-netting skills while participating in a suite of research projects.

Responsibilities include assisting with all aspects of mist-netting and banding, providing educational outreach to station visitors, routine station and habitat maintenance, and data entry (using ACCESS). 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 orientation experiments.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in avian ecology, be willing to work long days that start before sunrise, beĀ 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; NABC certification is a plus.

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 Andrea Patterson. Applications should be sent as a single PDF document and they will be evaluated as received; final deadline to apply is March 1.

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