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Our research crews brave all types of weather and environmental conditions to capture and band birds and bats. Their dedication is unparalleled. The crew here capture sea ducks.

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The researchers and support staff who work at BRI all have one thing in common—their passion for helping create a healthier environment. That passion translates into a myriad of interests and projects. 

Core values stand at the heart of our staff: commitment, creativity, collaboration, integrity. We are always looking for candidates who embody those core values and who can bring their special talents and skills to the job at hand.

Browse through our projects and staff pages to get to know us and watch for position openings that can be found below.

Human Resources, Insurance, and Office Manager: Bridget Bowden

Biology

 

Bird Banding Technician
Maine, Summer 2017

Labor Category: Full time, temporary/seasonal

Summary: Field technician needed for work at migration and breeding bird monitoring stations in Maine from at least mid-May to early August, with possibility of extension through October. Substantial experience with songbird banding required. Ability to identify eastern birds by sight/sound also desirable. Position will be based in Portland, Maine, with housing provided. For travel to other locations, per diem and housing will be provided.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Duties are expected to consist of migration and breeding season songbird banding using standardized protocols. Driving between sites and data entry will be required. Activities may include:

  • Full-time operation of a migration banding station near Portland, Maine (through early June) and summer MAPS banding stations at locations throughout Maine (June-August). Possibility of extension through fall banding season at Portland-area banding station for qualified candidates. Duties will include extracting birds from mist nets, banding, identifying to species, ageing, and sexing birds, data collection, data entry and management, reporting, working with interns and permanent staff, and banding station logistics.
  • Conduct data entry and data management activities and assist with end of season reporting.
  • All other duties as directed or assigned. Motivated candidates may have the opportunity for involvement with a variety of other field and analytical efforts at BRI (point count and transect surveys, vessel-based seabird surveys, avian tissue sampling for contaminants analysis, bat and raptor studies, shorebird surveys, nanotag retrieval, outreach and education activities, data analysis, manuscript development, etc.).


Dates of employment: 
May 15- Aug 4 (start and end dates flexible; possibility of extension through October). Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Qualifications: Applicants should be highly proficient at songbird banding during migration and breeding seasons, including species identification, aging, sexing, mist net extraction, banding, and safe handling of songbirds of the eastern United States. Desired qualifications also include identifying eastern birds by sight and sound. Must be able to work independently or in a small group, be able to carry 50 lbs. and walk for several miles per day in somewhat rugged terrain, and have a valid driver’s license. A strong work ethic, professionalism, and sense of humor are a must.

Work Environment: BRI is a nonprofit based in Portland, Maine whose mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. More information is available at BRI’s website: www.briloon.org. Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Compensation: $455/week, plus housing. Per diem will also be paid for overnight travel away from the Portland area.

Contact: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references (all in one document) to jobs@briloon.org using the subject line: Bird Banding Technician.

 

 

Point Count Field Technician
Maine, Summer 2017

Labor Category: Full time, temporary/seasonal

Summary: Field technician needed for studies of breeding birds in Maine, Massachusetts, and other locations in New England as needed, from at least mid-May to mid-July. Ability to work independently and identify eastern birds by sight/sound required. Position will be based in Portland, Maine, with housing provided. For travel to other locations, per diem and housing will be provided.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Duties are expected to consist of standardized point count surveys and/or transect surveys using standardized protocols. Driving between sites and data entry will be required. Activities may include:

  • Conduct standardized point count surveys in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Ability to identify eastern birds by sight/sound. Must be able to work independently in remote areas. Duties will include travel to survey locations, conducting independent point counts, recording and data entry, reporting, and logistics.
  • Conduct Bicknell’s Thrush surveys in western Maine. Ability to identify BITH by ear, hike to survey areas in potentially rugged terrain, navigate off-trail via GPS. May involve overnight camping in some locations. Must be able to work independently in remote areas. Duties will include travel to survey locations, conducting independent surveys, recording and data entry, reporting, and logistics. May also include backcountry camping and off-trail navigation to points via GPS.
  • Conduct data entry and data management activities and assist with end of season reporting.
  • All other duties as directed or assigned. Motivated candidates may have the opportunity for involvement with a variety of other field and analytical efforts at BRI (migration and breeding season banding stations, at-sea surveys, avian tissue sampling for contaminants analysis, bat and raptor studies, shorebird surveys, nanotag retrieval, outreach and education activities, data analysis, manuscript development, etc.).


Dates of employment: 
May 15- July 15 (start and end dates flexible). Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Qualifications: Applicants should be highly proficient at identifying eastern birds by sight and sound. Must be able to work independently or in a small group, be able to carry 50 lbs. and walk for several miles per day in potentially rugged terrain, and have a valid driver’s license. A strong work ethic, professionalism, and sense of humor are a must. Desired qualifications include prior experience conducting point count surveys, vessel-based seabird surveys, songbird banding during migration and breeding seasons, camping, long distance hiking, and navigating in the backcountry.

Work Environment:BRI is a nonprofit based in Portland, Maine whose mission is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. More information is available at BRI’s website: www.briloon.org. Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Compensation: $480-$600/week DOE, plus per diem (which could be >$1000 over course of the season) and housing.
 
Contact: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references (all in one document) to jobs@briloon.org using the subject line: Point Count Technician. 
 

 

 
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