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    Avian Monitoring Internship

    • Employer: Rachel Carson NWR/USFWS
      Location: Wells, Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/11/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge provides an opportunity to build monitoring and management skills by working with a team of skilled field biologists.  The work of the avian monitoring intern will focus on federally threatened piping plover, and State endangered least terns (55%), with additional opportunities to assist with tidal marsh bird monitoring (20%). Other duties as assigned include outreach and education (10%), data entry (5%), and habitat restoration and management (10%).

    One full-time intern is needed to support avian monitoring projects on Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. This 12 week position has a negotiable preferred start date of 15 May 2019. Monthly living stipend of $250. Communal, co-ed government housing is available in Wells, Maine.

    Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Located along 50 miles of coastline in York and Cumberland counties, the refuge consists of eleven divisions between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth. The refuge currently protects more than 5,700 acres. The proximity of the refuge to the coast and its location between the eastern deciduous forest and the boreal forest creates a composition of plants and animals not found elsewhere in Maine. Major habitat types present on the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh, and the distinctive rocky coast.


    This position requires a strong interest in bird conservation, the ability to ability to locate and monitor cryptic shorebirds their young, as well as identify avian and mammalian predators by tracks and sign. Prior experience bird banding (mist net extraction, banding), and nest searching are not required, but are advantageous.

    Applicants must be able to work in small groups and independently with minimal supervision, be attentive to details, accurately complete datasheets, and maintain regular communication with senior staff members.  This position requires the employee to work flexible hours (i.e. sunrise/sunset), conduct field work in varied climatic conditions (loose sand/beaches and salt marsh; high temperatures/humidity; biting insects), and carry moderate loads (30-50 lbs) over long distances. Applicants will be required to work weekends and holidays. Applicant must also possess a valid driver’s license.

    To apply submit a single PDF document of the following required documents to Bri_Benvenuti@fws.gov

    Cover letter, resume, and references should be named LastnameFirstname_RCNWRAvianIntern.pdf and LastnameFirstname_Transcript

    -          Cover letter (not to exceed 2 pages) explaining your qualifications and interest in the position. Cover letter must address your abilities/prior experience to:

    o   To monitor avian populations

    o   Ability to work independently and as a member of a team

    o   Conduct public outreach/education

    o   Ability to keep detailed, organized field notes and datasheets. 

    -          Resume documenting your work experience, education, skills, interests, etc.

    -          Copy of your college transcripts (unofficial or official)

    -          Name and contact information (phone and e-mail) for three references.

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