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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

 

 

Seabird Surveyor(s)
Massachusetts, Summer 2017

Labor Category: Full time, tempory/seasonal (~5 months, starting as early as mid-May)

Application Deadline:  05/05/2017

Job Description: The Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has an opening for 1-2 marine ornithologists with experience in boat-based surveys for marine birds. These surveys will take place offshore of New England from May to October. Duties will include working in a small team of observers to carry out regular, frequent boat-based surveys, requiring considerable experience in the identification of marine bird species, and limited project administration responsibilities.

This is a full-time, temporary position for May to October. Approximate start date is May 15, 2017. Position will most likely be based in Massachusetts, but the successful applicant must have ability to travel. Weather and other factors determine work schedule.

Successful candidates will act as one of several observers on a 60 ft. research vessel during boat surveys for marine birds; assist with data handling and management; assist in coordinating boat surveys with project collaborators; and all other duties as directed or assigned.

Work Environment: Small team, working closely in cramped conditions. Overnights at-sea in communal bunk space may be required.

Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology or a related field;
  • Prior experience in marine bird identification;
  • Prior experience in conducting scientific boat-based surveys;
  • Must be thorough and detail-oriented;
  • Willing to work long hours and spend overnights on the research vessel, if required.


Strongly preferred:

  • Specialization in marine bird ecology and/or species identification;
  • Previous data management experience.


Physical Demands:

  • Candidates must be able to use a laptop or tablet computer;
  • Must be able to spend long days at sea and work outside for extended periods in harsh conditions;
  • Must be able to lift >50 pounds.

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to jobs@briloon.org no later than May 5, 2017 with "Seabird Surveyor" in the subject line. Please include how you learned about the position.

The Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience.

BRI is a non-profit based in Portland, ME. Our 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.

 

 

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. 
 

 

 

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 oksana.lane@briloon.org. Position is open until filled.  

Avinet

 

 

Net Production and Repair Technician
BRI/Avinet

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 jobs@briloon.org

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

 
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