Cedar Grove Ornithological Research Station

Site Description: CGORS is located near the shore of Lake Michigan in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, 43 miles north of Milwaukee. The site is a thirty-three-acre Wisconsin State Natural Area leased to CGORS. Run by a volunteer Board of Directors, CGORS is the oldest continuously operating raptor banding station in the country. Since inception in 1950 over 45,000 raptors have been banded at CGORS. Traps at CGORS include bow nets(5), dho-gazas(15) and mist nets(24) for catching diurnal raptors and another 16 mist nets for nighttime owl trapping with audio lure.

Duties: The lead bander will be responsible for continuing our raptor banding operation in its 72nd year. The lead bander’s day (along with crew) runs from dawn to dusk daily from mid-August to at least mid-November plus night shifts for owls during October and November. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to identifying and trapping all raptors, banding, trap and net set-up and maintenance, maintaining accurate observation and banding books, general onsite maintenance and crew training/oversight as needed. The lead bander will be assisted by a crew of experienced volunteers and three sub-permitted banders plus one or two interns.

Compensation: Housing and food are supplied on site. Pay will be commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Please send resume that includes banding permit details, banding experience, qualifications and contact information for three references to Tom Meyer at cgorstation@outlook.com before March 1, 2021.

More Information: If you would like more information about this job posting contact Tom Meyer at cgorstation@outlook.com. For more information on CGORS go to https://www.facebook.com/cgorstation.

Qualifications: A Master Bander permit for all hawks and owls is preferred but experienced banders will be considered. Applicants must have considerable knowledge of raptor identification including aging and sexing birds. Mist net experience is a must.

Wildlife Biologist

In addition to the fieldwork, the Apprenticeship comes with 2 lectures on bird banding methodology as well as a lecture on Ageing and Sexing and hours of training. The main banding instructor is a North American Banding Council certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience in the field. You will also have the opportunity to work with other experienced banders and other apprentices from around the world. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to learn additional avian monitoring techniques, as well as methodologies to study other wildlife species, including small mammal trapping and bat mist-netting.

Fees for the Apprenticeship: $350 US/week which includes all tutorship, access to all required equipment and lodging at the research center in dormitory-style cabins. Fees do not include meals though a fully equipped communal kitchen is provided. Fees also do not include airport transfer, flights, or travel medical insurance.

Dates for the Apprenticeship: Two 4 week sessions available starting 12th October through to 6th November and 9th November through to 4th December, minimum commitment of two weeks but preferably the entire 4 weeks of session with possibility to extend longer depending on applicant.


Schedule: Banding runs every day Monday through Friday, from 5:30 am until 11:00 am. Other wildlife monitoring projects occur during the day (small mammal trapping, mornings and evenings, at least twice weekly) and in the evening (bat mist-netting, dusk to 11:00 pm, at least twice weekly).


How to Apply: To register for our program please contact us at dfearon@treesociety.org and we will send you an application. For more information on our organization and facilities please visit our website: www.treesociety.org *To apply for discounted rates, please fill out an NABC certification application at http://www.nabanding.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Application-Assistant-and-Bander-200609102.pdf and send to info@treesociety.org and we will determine if you are eligible.


Prior Experience: No prior banding experience required however experience handling wildlife and knowledge of bird biology and identification preferred. However, experienced bird banders are also welcome and will be treated according to their experience level and are eligible for *discounted rates (up to $150 US less per week).


Wildlife Biologist

In addition to the fieldwork, the Apprenticeship comes with 2 lectures on bird banding methodology as well as a lecture on Ageing and Sexing and hours of training. The main banding instructor is a North American Banding Council certified Trainer with over 20 years of experience in the field. You will also have the opportunity to work with other experienced banders and other apprentices from around the world. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to learn additional avian monitoring techniques, as well as methodologies to study other wildlife species, including small mammal trapping and bat mist-netting.

Fees for the Apprenticeship: $350 US/week which includes all tutorship, access to all required equipment and lodging at the research center in dormitory-style cabins. Fees do not include meals though a fully equipped communal kitchen is provided. Fees also do not include airport transfer, flights, or travel medical insurance.

Dates for the Apprenticeship: Two 4 week sessions available starting 12th October through to 6th November and 9th November through to 4th December, minimum commitment of two weeks but preferably the entire 4 weeks of session with possibility to extend longer depending on applicant.


Schedule: Banding runs every day Monday through Friday, from 5:30 am until 11:00 am. Other wildlife monitoring projects occur during the day (small mammal trapping, mornings and evenings, at least twice weekly) and in the evening (bat mist-netting, dusk to 11:00 pm, at least twice weekly).


How to Apply: To register for our program please contact us at dfearon@treesociety.org and we will send you an application. For more information on our organization and facilities please visit our website: www.treesociety.org *To apply for discounted rates, please fill out an NABC certification application at http://www.nabanding.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Application-Assistant-and-Bander-200609102.pdf and send to info@treesociety.org and we will determine if you are eligible.


Prior Experience: No prior banding experience required however experience handling wildlife and knowledge of bird biology and identification preferred. However, experienced bird banders are also welcome and will be treated according to their experience level and are eligible for *discounted rates (up to $150 US less per week).