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Point Blue Conservation Science


Northern Sierra Nevada near Chester, CA and our Palomarin Field Station in Point Reyes National Seashore, CA


United States

Last Date to Apply:

31 Jan 2018




Point Blue Conservation Science is seeking two interns interested in bird ecology, habitat restoration, and climate change science to train as part of the next generation of climate-smart conservation scientists. These positions are based in the northern Sierra Nevada near Chester, CA and our Palomarin Field Station in Point Reyes National Seashore, CA.


Duration: 1 May – 15 November, 2018


Job description and duties: This internship is focused on gaining practical knowledge of bird ecology in relation to climate-smart adaptation strategies and acquiring skills to implement, assess, and promote those strategies in montane meadow and coastal habitats. The Sierra portion of this internship will involve ~3 months in the Sierra Nevada where training will focus on bird ecology and restoration in montane meadow habitats. Here the intern will receive training on identifying, surveying, and nest searching for bird species that breed in montane meadows, as well as gain exposure to our local restoration and conservation partners and an active group of seasonal field biologists. The Sea portion of the internship will be based at our Palomarin Field Station, where the interns will spend ~3 months delving into bird banding and mist netting and data-driven solutions to conservation challenges with a focus on climate-smart conservation. Interns completing our program leave with a comprehensive knowledge base, including the ability to design and implement conservation research, communicate research to the public, and ensure data are incorporated effectively into data management systems and resource management planning efforts. Interns will complete a final project that synthesizes their new knowledge about climate-smart conservation.


The interns will learn concepts and skills in the following areas:
- Field methods in ecological and conservation research with emphasis on nest searching, nest monitoring, territory mapping, vegetation surveys, mist netting, and bird banding of songbirds, and plant phenology surveys.
- Understanding the scientific process and the role of natural history observation in guiding meaningful research and conservation
- Critical thinking and evaluation of research and conservation
- Climate-smart conservation and restoration
- Best practices in science communication
- Skills in data management and data integrity


· A background in ecology, environmental studies, or related field (college graduate or equivalent preferred)
· Ability to navigate cross-country in wet meadow environments
· Willingness to spend long hours in the field and office, 6 days a week
· Be able to work independently, as well as in groups
· Desire to engage with partners and public
· Desire to improve upon professional skills needed to facilitate conservation action
· Be self-motivated and have a sense of humor
· Position may require the use of a personal vehicle. If a personal vehicle is used, interns must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and agree to conducting a motor vehicle report. Interns will be reimbursed Federal rate of $0.545 per mile for using a personal vehicle for work.
· A functioning pair of binoculars is required
· Participants must be at least 21 years of age


Compensation: This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($850 per month, gross). Communal housing is provided.


To apply: Send a single document (PDF preferred, or Word Doc) containing the following items: a letter of interest (describing why you’d like this internship, previous experience with field research, dates of availability, and whether or not you have a vehicle); a resume; and contact information for three references to BRENT CAMPOS (bcampos AT pointblue DOT org) and RENÉE CORMIER (rcormier AT pointblue DOT org). In the subject line type: Internship Application 2018. Only those qualified applicants who we desire to interview will be contacted starting late January. January 31 is the last date to apply.


Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.