Working at Assateague Island National Seashore is a great opportunity to build monitoring and management skills by working with a team of skilled field biologists. The work will focus on the piping plover, a shorebird species federally listed as threatened. There are also opportunities to work with migrating birds, other state-listed breeding birds, as well predator management.
Duties and Responsibilities:
One full-time intern is needed to support avian monitoring with the National Park Service on the Maryland portion of the island. This 26 week position has a negotiable preferred start date of 18 March 2019. A great opportunity to build monitoring and management skills by working with a high density plover breeding colony on an evolving barrier beach habitat. Piping Plovers are small, ground nesting shorebirds that are federally listed as a Threatened species. Limited work with other migrant and breeding birds and with predator management. Position requires: a strong interest in bird conservation; ability to locate and monitor cryptic shorebirds by sight, call and tracks, and precocial chicks at 100-300 meters; use of optical equipment; the ability to work in close-knit groups and independently with minimal supervision; must be attentive to details; ability to accurately complete data sheets, a 0600-1430 work day; walking in loose sand under direct sunlight carrying moderate loads (10-20 kg); exposure to high humidity, blowing sand and occasional biting insects; operation of government ORV's (valid driver's license required); lodging in government housing. A B.S. degree in biological science, ecology, natural resources management, conservation biology or related field is recommended.
Housing, Uniforms, and Subsistence Reimbursement:
Interns are given $125 weekly as a subsistence reimbursement and provided free on-site housing and uniforms. Modern, furnished housing is provided free of charge to those living greater than 50 miles from park headquarters. Housing is located close to park headquarters and the beach. Interns will most likely share a room (same sex) and share living areas. Amenities include: full kitchen, microwaves, pots, pans, plates, utensils, and air conditioning, free washer/dryers and local phone calls. Other housing amenities include screened-in porches, a volleyball court, bbq grills and a well-equipped fitness room. Smoking is prohibited inside housing, and pets are not allowed. Groceries, general shopping, medical facilities and other amenities are located within 7 miles of the Park. A car is recommended for transportation, but a bicycle may be adequate for some.
Assateague Island National Seashore, managed by the National Park Service, is an Atlantic coast barrier island and shallow water estuary habitat. It is located in northeastern Maryland, near the seaside resort of Ocean City, MD. Assateague Island is famous for its wild ponies and 37 miles of white, sandy beaches. Numerous outdoor recreational opportunities are available in the area including: fishing, crabbing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, camping and bird watching. The Natural Resource Management Division inventories, monitors, and manages biological, geological, and cultural resources and employs specialists in wildlife, vegetation, water quality, geographic information systems, and geophysical sciences.
How to Apply:
Go to this website: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=17733
Click the Apply Now button and fill out a volunteer application.
Send a cover letter stating the specific internship for which you are applying, as well as an explanation of your qualifications and interest for the job.
Send a resume documenting your work experience, education, skills, interests, etc.
Send a copy of your most recent college transcript (unofficial). Also a list of additional courses you will have completed by the start of the internship that do not appear on your transcript.
Send names and contact information, including phone numbers, for 3 references. Include addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers where you can be reached and dates you will be available at different addresses (home and school).
Contact Tami Pearl, Biological Science Technician, Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, Maryland 21811, 410-629-6069, tami_pearl AT nps.gov