Shorebird Internship 2017

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This position has been filled – thank you for your interest!

Description:

We are seeking one intern to assist the SCCF Wildlife & Habitat Management Program’s shorebird monitoring project from Feb. 6, 2017 through August 4th, 2017. Primary duties include: Assisting the shorebird biologist, shorebird monitoring and surveys, nest searching, setting up nest area enclosures, interacting with the public, communicating with our team of volunteers, and data entry.  Additionally the shorebird intern will assist with the care and maintenance of several live animal exhibits at our nature center (snakes and aquatic turtles) and may be occasionally required to give presentations about them. The intern will also assist with other departmental projects as needed, including but not limited to: invasive species removal, sea turtle monitoring, bald eagle nest monitoring, small mammal trapping, freshwater fish and invertebrate sampling, frog call surveys, prescribed burns, and vegetation monitoring.  Housing is provided.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, environmental science, or closely related field
  • Ability and desire to work long, irregular hours (including weekend hours)
  • Ability and desire to work outdoors in adverse conditions (intense heat, biting insects, etc)
  • Ability and desire to interact with the public and give presentations
  • Ability to collect accurate data and enter into Microsoft access and excel databases
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to live in shared housing
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects (up to 40 pounds)
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Willingness to clean and maintain several live animal exhibits (snakes and aquatic turtles)
  • Willingness to learn and assist with other projects as needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous field experience with ground-nesting birds / nest searching
  • Ability to identify and re-sight banded birds
  • Experience with GPS and GIS
  • Willingness to use your personal vehicle for work on occasion (mileage reimbursed)
  • Bird identification skills
  • Experience with public outreach and environmental education

Salary: $200 week/ $400 travel allowance/ housing provided

To apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Audrey Albrecht at shorebirds@sccf.org   by December 31st, 2016 (no phone calls please)