Bird bander


Proposed Internship Site (location): Costa Rica Bird Observatories at Madre Selva-Cerro de la Muerte, Tortuguero National Park and INBioparque-Santo Domingo de Heredia.

Job Description:
The Costa Rican Bird Observatories (CRBO) is looking for experienced banders and bander assistants who can work at our three bird monitoring stations: Tortuguero National Park in the Caribbean coast, Madre Selva in the Costa Rican highlands, and INBio in the rural suburbs of the Central Valley. Participants are expected to have experience in identifying birds, and they are usually required to have removed from mist nets and processed at least 200 landbirds.

The main role of the interns will be banding and processing of migrant and resident landbird species, as well as conducting migration censuses of diurnal migrants moving along the coast at migration season.

Interns will be rotating among the three different stations along their internship, which involves some traveling within the country.

The interns will work mainly with other volunteers and scientists. It may be requested from them that support environmental education and community outreach activities. They will report directly to the CRBO director.

-Expected hours of daily work: 6 hours
-Expected days of work: 25 days a month
-Interns are hired year round, and they are expected to work for at least two months.

List of specific tasks or projects the intern will be expected to complete during the internship:

-Bird banding of all birds at all stations. Mist netting experience is a must.
-Identification and counting of migrant and resident landbird species during monitoring activities.
-Extracting, processing and banding landbirds that get caught in mist nets
-Recording bird data according to the provided protocol.
-Ensure timely data entry

Expected candidate learning outcomes from the internship:
-Knowledge of the rural dynamics of tropical Latin American communities that are more frequently getting involved in natural resources conservation projects.
-Deeper knowledge of bird monitoring and conservation efforts in the tropics.
-Better familiarity of tropical avifauna and its ecological dynamics.
-Field applicability of bird monitoring and banding skills.

Expected organizational gains from this internship:
-Ensure continuous operation of our three monitoring stations
-Keep record of migrant and resident landbird data for further population parameter analysis that contributes to national and regional decision making and environmental policy making.
-Establish a presence within the local groups as a science-driven organization that with its work can also contribute to the well being of the local communities

Skills that interns are expected to arrive with.
-Experience in identifying birds, bird banding and processing (required). NABC certification is a plus.
-Able to work independently
-Able to build strong relations with local communities and organizations
-Travel Insurance
-Adaptable to living in a foreign-multicultural environment
-Some Spanish is desired

How to apply:

Positions will be open until filled, and operations happen year round.

Please, send an email to Pablo Elizondo and CC: Dr. C. John Ralph with:

-Cover letter that includes your bird banding experience, ability with Spanish/English, dates available and three references.