Jamaican Birding Opportunity

-Tired of cold weather, 4 hours of light, and watching the bird feeder? Do you like sun, good food and warm tropical oceans? We have the answer. Be a field assistant on research studying migratory (primarily American Redstarts) and resident birds in Jamaica. We are looking to save 5-7 people from winter depression. Project begins mid-Jan and continues until early to mid May. Assistants can expect long hours in the field, six days per week, wading in mangrove swamp and maneuvering through dense second growth scrub. Competitive applicants will have some experience in netting, banding, and bleeding birds. Ability to re-sight small active color-banded birds is also preferred. These positions are voluntary but travel to and from Jamaica as well as food and lodging is provided. Start date is approximately early to mid-Jan, 2009.

Send cover letter, CV, and contact info for 3 references to PETER MARRA, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, National Zoological Park, Washington, DC 20008 or email (preferred–EM: marrap AT si.edu).