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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

Field Biology



Wetland Songbirds Field Biologist
Wayne, New Jersey, Summer 2017

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: One field biolotgist is needed for a study of mercury exposure and reproductive success in Songbirds by Biodiversity Research Institute.  Duties will include acoustical surveys of breeding birds, monitoring of nest boxes, searching for natural nests of Carolina wrens, mist-netting, banding and collecting blood and feather samples from passerines breeding along Wanaque River and vicinity in New Jersey.   

Qualifications:  BA or BS in relevant field (wildlife biology, wildlife management, etc).  Must have extensive experience mist-netting/banding passerines, the ability to identify species, sex and age birds in hand.  Preference will be given to candidates with bird bleeding experience.  Must be in good physical shape and have a valid driver’s license.  Will have to complete a criminal background check and pass a drug test at BRIs expense.

This position also requires the ability to work independently and may require interactions with the public/land owners and with other researchers.  

Compensation: $455.00/week, housing is provided. 

Dates of employment:  Roughly May 1 - June 30; the exact dates are to be determined.

Contact: Qualified applicants, please, send cover letter, resume and a list of 3 references to Oksana Lane, Biodiversity Research Institute, 276 Canco Road, Portland ME 04103 or email Position is open until filled.  




Net Production and Repair Technician

Summary: The net production and repair technician is responsible for modifying specialized thread to create nets used by bird and bat researchers during research studies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:This work requires dexterity and an aptitude for fine crafting, knot tying, and keen eyesight to weave thread and netting to create standard nets as well as customized designs. This position requires an individual to train and learn the Japanese technique for making mist nets, and: 

  • Make nets to quality standards in an efficient manner to meet production requirements
  • Problem solve net production issues
    • Work together with a small group to maximize production efficiency while maintaining the highest quality products
    • All other duties as directed or assigned


Hours/Schedule: This is a full-time 40 hour per week position (9am – 5pm Monday-Friday)

Qualifications: Proficient hand-eye coordination is essential. This work will require a motivated, enthusiastic individual who is committed to learning the net making techniques to successfully and efficiently produce quality nets after a training period.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The creation of these “mist nets” is a skill craft from Japan, and as such, requires an apprenticeship period.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Physical Demands: This work requires employees to stand for long durations, walking, and occasionally lifting and moving materials and supplies less than 30 lbs.

Work Environment: This position is based in Portland, Maine, at BRI’s headquarters located at 276 Canco Road.

Compensation: This position offers a competitive wage, starting at $11.25/hr with an increase to $11.75/hr after the first six months of successful employment. In addition, there are built in production incentives, where the individual can earn quarterly bonuses to increase their income.

BRI offers health insurance to all full-time employees after 30 days of employment as well as options for dental, short and long-term disability insurance and life insurance. BRI benefits include paid time off and 11 paid holidays annually. A 401k is available to all regular employees after 30 days of employment with an option for a company match after six months of employment.

To Apply: Applicants should forward a cover letter and their resume to

Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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