Four interns are needed to work as part of the Piping Plover recovery project with the USFWS in Rhode Island. This project monitors federally protected Piping Plovers and State protected Least Terns during the nesting season. Additional species that will be monitored include American Oystercatchers and federally protected Roseate Terns. Surveys will occur on federal, state, and private property in southern Rhode Island. The majority of the work for this position(s) will take place outdoors. Duties include nest searching, erecting nest exclosures, posting and signing nesting habitat, educating the public, monitoring shorebird pairs and chicks, and recording data. Applicants must be in good physical shape and able to hike long distances on sand with heavy loads (up to 50 pounds). Work will include weekends and holidays. Previous birding experience and a valid US driver's license are required. Must be a team player, have a positive attitude, and be willing to work on other projects within the biological program.
Position extends from April 1- August 14 (some flexibility for the start and end date exists). Salary $215/week + possibility of housing. Send letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to John Veale, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI 02813 OR email materials to John_Veale@fws.gov. Please include “Shorebird Internship 2019” in the subject line of your email. Application deadline is February 1.