Point Blue Conservation Science is seeking one volunteer research assistant to work on Southeast Farallon Island, 30 miles west of San Francisco, California as part of a study examining the migratory movement of parulid warblers.
Research assistant duties will primarily consist of catching songbirds in mistnets, identifying species, age, and sex of individuals, collecting morphological data according to established Point Blue protocols, and fitting them with small radio transmitters. In addition, the RA will be responsible for using automated and handheld radio telemetry equipment to monitor departure orientation, and assist the PI with set-up and maintenance of the antenna array and automated receiver. RAs will work full-time, 7 days a week, with a variable schedule that includes long days, pre-dawn start times and night work. RAs also contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the research station and assist with other biological research projects including daily surveys for migrating birds, bats, and butterflies, monitoring white shark activity, daily cetacean surveys, elephant seal tag resights, and monitoring burrowing owl abundance. Applicants for this position must have experience extracting birds from mistnets as well as be comfortable handling and banding songbirds.