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 11 May 2020. Living stipend of $250/week and communal, co-ed government housing in Wells, Maine.
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 advantageous, but not required.
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), carry moderate loads (30-50 lbs) over long distances and use hand tools to dig/pull vegetation. 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 RCNWRAvian_LastnameFirstname.pdf
- Cover letter (not to exceed 2 pages) explaining your qualifications and interest in the position. Cover letter must address your abilities/prior experience:
o Monitoring avian populations
o Working independently and as a member of a team
o Conducting public outreach/education
o Keeping 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.