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Robin Corcoran

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  1. VOLUNTEER SEABIRD SURVEY FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT (2 positions) (May 6-September 6) Two volunteers are needed to assist with the bird monitoring and inventory program on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. The people selected will spend the first three weeks in orientation and safety training. During the following 15 weeks, the volunteers will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects including at-sea surveys of marine birds and Arctic and Aleutian Tern colony monitoring. Monitoring tasks will include: recording observations of birds at sea from a small skiff; monitoring tern nests using digital game cameras; and mist netting and banding landbirds. Much of the field work is conducted from the 48-foot refuge research vessel, the Ursa Major II. Other tasks include data entry and editing, including some work with ArcGIS. Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting bird surveys, identifying marine birds, operating small skiffs, and have some data/GIS skills. VOLUNTEER TERN MONITORING FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANT (1 position) (May 6-September 6) One volunteer is needed to assist with the bird monitoring and inventory program on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. The individual selected will spend the first three weeks in orientation and safety training. During the following 15 weeks, the volunteer will focus on working on the Arctic and Aleutian tern colony monitoring project, with the opportunity to work on the at-sea surveys of marine birds and other projects. Monitoring tasks will include monitoring tern nests using digital game cameras, conducting abundance estimations of terns at colonies, measuring vegetation structure at tern colonies, deploying acoustic monitors, and conducting observational chick feeding studies. Much of the tern field work is conducted along the road system, but there will be opportunities to visit remote colonies via floatplane and the refuge’s research vessel, the Ursa Major II. Other tasks include data entry and editing, including some work with ArcGIS. Ideal candidates will have experience in conducting bird surveys, identifying marine birds, bird banding, gun safety training, and have some data/GIS skills. The Fish and Wildlife Service will pay round-trip airfare to Kodiak from a U.S. city, provide shared housing while in Kodiak, and pay all field costs except personal clothing. Volunteers will be reimbursed for food costs up to $150 per week while in the town of Kodiak. Mandatory training in bear awareness, watercraft operation, and aviation safety will be provided. Applicants must be able to arrive on Kodiak Island by May 6th. For additional information about volunteering in Kodiak and a list of FAQ about biology volunteer internships, please visit our website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Kodiak/get_involved/volunteer.html To apply, please email a single document with a cover letter addressing the above criteria, your resume, and email contacts for 3 references to Jill Tengeres, (email: jill.tengeres@oregonstate.edu). Failure to assemble all materials in a single document may result in your application not being reviewed.
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