Field Assistant I, Avian Research, Temporary

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, 1847 State Route 381 RD, Rector, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #1006
Friday, November 11, 2022
Powdermill Nature Reserve is Carnegie Museums of Natural History's environmental research center. Located 55 mile southeast of Pittsburgh in Rector, Pennsylvania, Powdermill is a field station and laboratory where researchers do long-term studies of natural populations in western Pennsylvania. In addition to being positioned for Appalachian-specific studies in ornithology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, and botany, Powdermill is a great place to spend a fun-filled day outdoors with the family. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The CMP COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Policy requests that all employees provide proof of COVID vaccination. 

The Field Assistant I, Avian Research, Temporary assists with Powdermill Nature Reserve’s avian research efforts, including long-term bird banding, surveying birds by sight and sound, and/or tracking birds using digitally coded transmitters and automated receiving stations (i.e. Motus).

This Temporary Position is eligible for many of the Benefits offered by the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

This position starts April 18, 2023 and ends October 31, 2023. Expected starting pay, based on experience, $12.50/hr.


  • Applicants should have a high school degree, or equivalent, in addition to at least 3 months of field experience banding birds.


  • Applicants must have 3 months experience with extracting, handling, and banding songbirds.
  • The successful applicant will be able to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • The ability to identify eastern birds by sight and sound, attach transmitters to birds, track birds via radio telemetry, and collect blood samples from birds are desirable.


  • The position requires extended periods of walking and standing.
  • Must be able to walk 6 to 10 miles per day on uneven or muddy terrain sometimes in inclement weather (e.g. hot, cold, rain).


  • The principal responsibility of this position is assisting the Banding Manager and Avian Research Coordinator with Powdermill’s avian research efforts.
  • This includes extracting birds from mist nets, banding and collecting data from birds {may also include collecting blood samples from birds}, attaching transmitters to birds, tracking birds via radio telemetry, surveying birds by sight and sound (i.e. point counts), repairing nets, trimming vegetation around net lanes, recording data, and checking data.
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity     

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.  

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  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, 1847 State Route 381 RD, Rector, Pennsylvania, United States of America