Avian Outreach Technician - Temporary

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, 1847 State Route 381 RD, Rector, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #1005
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 Avian Outreach Tech, Temporary will work with PARC’s banding program manager and avian research coordinator to develop outreach programing centered around the research at PARC. The outreach tech may also assist with avian research, which may include, but is not limited to, bird banding, surveying birds by sight and sound, and/or tracking birds using wildlife tracking technology.

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

This position starts March 27, 2023 and is expected to end in June 2023. Expected starting pay, based on experience, $12.50/hr.


  • Applicants must have at least a high school degree, or the equivalent, some experience with public science outreach, and some experience with bird research.


  • The successful candidate will have an interest in science outreach and a basic understanding of avian ecology, the ability to interact well with people of all ages and backgrounds, an infectious enthusiasm for avian outreach, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong candidates will have experience banding birds or with other songbird field research and be able to identify eastern North American birds by sight and preferably by sound.


  • This position requires extended periods of walking and standing.
  • Must be able to hike up to 6-10 miles per day in uneven or muddy terrain, sometimes in inclement weather (e.g., hot, cold, rain), and should be able to identify, or quickly learn to identify, eastern North American birds by sight and sound.


  • The principle responsibility of this position is assisting the Banding Program Manager and Avian Research Coordinator with Powdermill’s avian outreach efforts.
  • This includes developing and implementing programming centered around PARC’s research efforts and interacting with the public.
  • This position may also require assisting the staff with research which may include extracting birds from mist nets, banding and collecting data from birds (may also include collecting blood or tissue samples), attaching transmitters to birds, tracking birds via radio telemetry, surveying birds by sight and sound, assisting with our flight tunnel, repairing nets, trimming vegetation around net lanes, and recording and proofing data. 
  • Will assist on other duties as assigned.
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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