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Mexican Spotted Owl Internship


Bird Conservancy of the Rockies


Arizona and New Mexico


United States

Last Date to Apply:

None provided
Open until filled


The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking applicants for an internship program with our Mexican Spotted Owl occupancy monitoring project. The internship is ideal for individuals who have a strong passion for wildlife biology but are looking to gain field experience. Interns will work alongside experienced field biologists to conduct nighttime surveys for Mexican Spotted Owls in National Forests across Arizona and New Mexico. Interns will have the opportunity to gain experience conducting surveys, hone field skills (e.g. backcountry camping, navigation, driving 4WD vehicles, etc.), and learn about owl ecology, study design, and occupancy monitoring.


Applicants should be comfortable working at night in steep terrain with potentially dangerous wildlife (black bears, mountain lions, rattlesnakes). Work requires a lot of camping and hiking with some backpacking.


Our field season runs from April to mid-July and internships can occur at any point during our regular season with a minimum of a one-month commitment.


· Completion or progress towards a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related field
· Driver’s license
· Ability to hike up to 10 miles a day while carrying up to 40 lbs
· Comfort in backcountry settings
· Attention to detail and ability to collect quality data
· Good communication
· Ability to travel and work with a partner for 10 day periods


Interns will be given a $500/month stipend.


To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references IN ONE DOCUMENT (.pdf or .doc) to wendy.lanier@birdconservancy.org. Name your application file accordingly: Lastname_MSO2018_intern. Application review will begin on January 2nd and continue until the positions are filled.