Field assistant: wintering birds in the Yucatan

We are looking for a field assistant to help measure genetic variation of overwintering Yellow Warbler populations across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The assistant’s principal responsibility will be to help a NABC certified bird bander take feather samples and morphological measurements and measure insect availability in tropical dry forest and mangrove habitats. The project is supervised by Dr. Richard Feldman from the Yucatan Center for Scientific Research and Dr. Kristen Ruegg from Colorado State University and it is part of UCLA’s Bird Genoscape Project ( The assistant must have prior field experience and have no problem working in the early morning and in sites with little shade and a lot of mosquitoes. Being able to speak a little Spanish is preferred. Unfortunately, we cannot cover travel to/from Mexico or pay a salary. However, we can cover the costs of accommodation and food once in the field. As well, the assistant will gain personalized training in how to operate a banding station and measure passerine morphology and molt. The project runs from January 7, 2020 to approximately March 7, 2020 though the assistant could work for a shorter period of time. If you would like to apply for the job, please send one PDF document with your CV and a cover letter detailing your field experiences to Richard Feldman, Review of applications will begin on November 25, 2019.