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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



Common Loon Field Biologist, Rangeley Lakes Region, Maine
Summer 2017

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Field biologists monitor nesting populations of loons and collect data on demographic and behavioral aspects of those populations including:

  • Participation in the collection, recording, and reporting of demographic, behavioral, and nesting data
  • Resighting color banded individuals as part of a long term loon population demographic study
  • Deployment and maintenance of floating nesting platforms
  • Participation in diurnal and nocturnal capture of live loons for the purpose of banding as well as sample collection as part of a long term contaminants study
  • Collect abandoned eggs, eggshells, and loon carcasses and help organize field samples for eventual analysis
  • Collection of fish samples as part of a contaminants monitoring study
  • Participate in or lead presentations on loons and the Rangeley loon project
  • Uphold the legal requirements of permits
  • Operate in accordance with internal and industry safety standards
  • All other duties as directed or assigned

Hours/Schedule: This is a full-time, seasonal position, starting in late May or June and ending in late August. 40 hr work week minimum is required. Some night and weekend work. Expect long days, lots of a driving, and a non-regular schedule.

Qualifications: Completed a B.A. or B.S. in wildlife biology, wildlife management, biology, zoology, ecology, or a related discipline is preferred, or courses and/or work experience in wildlife biology, preferably with avian or aquatic species. A valid driver's license is required.  

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Courses and/or work experience in wildlife biology, preferably with avian or aquatic species
  • Previous experience working with wildlife is not a requirement but it is a major advantage
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with a team of other researchers
  • Willingness to work in adverse weather conditions
  • Experience paddling and canoeing solo
  • Experience with motorboats and boat trailering
  • A genuine interest in learning about wildlife conservation

Physical Demands: Physically demanding work requiring long hours in the field. Field biologists must be in excellent physical condition and must possess a strong physical ability to tolerate weather extremes, rough water, hiking into remote lakes, moving nesting rafts in wet and muddy conditions, and the company of mosquitoes. Be able to lift 50+ lbs.

Compensation: $455.00/week, housing and work transportation is provided. Mileage reimbursed for any personal vehicle use for work.

To apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV/resume to



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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