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    • Employer: Golden Gate Raptor Observatory/Golden Gate National Park Service
      Location: Marin Headlands
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/22/2023
      Open Until Filled: No


    • Position Title: Ecology Assistant 
    • Number of positions available: 1 
    • Can this position be fully remote: No 


    • Duration: 52 weeks (about 12 months) 
    • Start Date: 5/15/2023 
    • Flexible Start Date: No 


    • Weekly Stipend: $480.00 
    • Relocation Allowance: $350.00 


    GGRO (Golden Gate Raptor Observatory) has partnered with the Golden Gate National Park Service’s “Scientist in the Parks” program to host 1 applicant for a yearlong internship position. While working with GGRO Staff, the intern will be responsible for field and office support to the GGRO banding, hawkwatching, and outreach programs for the fall migration season, as well as preseason preparation tasks, and post season data proofing/annual reporting tasks.  

    Primary internship objectives: Ability to identify up to 19 species of raptors that migration through the Marin Headlands. Become proficient in raptor migration monitoring techniques including counting, trapping, and banding raptors. Collect detailed and accurate data in the field, as well as enter and proof data. Interact with park visitors of backgrounds and ages, and there will be outreach opportunities to teach the public about raptor migration. Assist with animal husbandry and other special projects. They will support the daily activities of our 140+ volunteer community scientists in close coordination with GGRO staff while in the field, as well as virtual based programming. This person will also help create content for social media.  


    An internship with the GGRO program is incredibly valuable for people interested in careers related to wildlife, ornithology, and biology. This program provides the foundational skills for future career and academic goals in conservation and wildlife management.  

    GGRO helps to develop interpersonal skills because they work with a diverse group of volunteer community scientists, and with the hundreds of tourists that come to Hawk Hill. The intern does this all while contributing to long-term raptor migration monitoring research. 

    The internship is valuable for people interested in communication-related fields or volunteer-driven nonprofit organizations. 


    • Background in biology, ecology, wildlife science, zoology, conservation biology, or related field. Recent college graduate or related field experience preferred 
    • Previous experience working with birds/raptors desired. Wildlife handling a plus 
    • Passion for bird identification and wildlife study 
    • Motivated and enthusiastic. Flexible, mature, self-motivated, and a sense of humor 
    • Able to work independently and take the lead on tasks once trained 
    • Good communicator 
    • Enthusiasm for working with large groups of people with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints 
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential 
    • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”). Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required 


    We will work with the intern to develop a mentorship/development plan at the start of the internship and regularly check in on this. Part of this plan will be trainings that the intern will complete. 

    A summary report or project on existing GGRO data (project will vary depending on the needs of GGRO). This could be an analysis of morphological characteristics for different species (e.g., broad-winged hawks) or an analysis of population trends over time, particularly for a declining species (e.g., for American kestrels), or analysis of trends in timing of migration for different species.  


    Work would be at the Marin Headlands portion of GGNRA (Golden Gate National Recreation Area). Work would be primarily office and training and bird care from May through end of July (Mon-Friday work week). From August through December work would primarily be in field with raptor capture and banding, hawk watch counts, and leading volunteer groups (Work week will shift to include weekends). From January through May work would be done primarily in office entering and analyzing data,  reporting, creating outreach materials, and assisting with bird care (Mon-Friday work week). 


    Applicant will need a valid driver's license to drive a government vehicle. 

    A personal vehicle is REQUIRED for this position. 


    Park housing is available and will be provided at no cost to the participant. Dorm style housing, with private bedroom. Shared bathroom, living, and kitchen space. Wi-Fi provided. Free parking. Housing is walking distance to office. Intern should bring own bedding and personal items. Housing is in the Marin Headlands right adjacent to Rodeo Beach at GGNRA. 

    To apply fill out an application here: 



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