POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position will assist research and education programs at the Alaska Songbird Institute in Fairbanks, Alaska. The intern will work alongside ASI biologists and community volunteers at the Creamer’s Field Migration Station, a songbird mist netting station operating during spring and fall migration. Training will be provided in: bird banding & mist netting techniques, bird identification, and science education and outreach techniques.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is dynamic and will provide opportunities to build skills in: songbird identification and research techniques, science education and communication. Duties may include, but are not limited to: operating mist nets, monitoring and removing birds from nets, recording and entering data, leading education programs (e.g., community walks and K-12 field trips), developing outreach content (i.e., print, digital, and social media), interacting with volunteers, and greeting independent visitors.
The successful intern will be expected to develop and complete an individual project of their choosing. Additional opportunities will be provided to assist with the student’s focus. Examples of projects include writing a popular press article for the general public, creating original artwork that communicates science, giving a community outreach presentation, producing training materials, and developing a research proposal.
QUALIFICATIONS: The intern must be currently enrolled at an academic intuition as an undergraduate student. Recently graduated students may be considered. Interns must possess a demonstrated interest in ornithology and science communication, a strong work ethic, meticulous approach to collecting and recording data, positive attitude, good interpersonal skills, a genuine desire to gain experience in field techniques and working in a community-based research model. Interns must make common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), be able to work independently and as part of a team. Prior bird handling, mist net and banding experience is a plus, but not required. In addition, this position requires many early mornings (starting at 5:30 AM), weekend days, and the ability to follow a work schedule that is dependent upon changing weather and field logistics. Flexibility to reasonably accommodate the students fall coursework schedule will be provided.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Bird banding requires good manual dexterity and eyesight, and involves long periods of being on your feet with few or no breaks. Interns must be able to access all mist nets. This job may require walking through waist deep water and vegetation, carrying a backpack with gear (~25lbs), stepping over logs and fences, crossing uneven terrain, and carrying heavy objects in high levels of insect activity and inclement weather conditions.
HOURS: Variable, averaging 35 hours /week for an 8-week period. Start date is flexible (earliest June 22nd); however, the 8-week period must be completed by October 4th. [TB1] Required to work many weekend days.
STATUS: Non-exempt, seasonal.
SALARY & BENEFITS: The intern will earn a living stipend of $2500 for the 8-week period. Partial months will be pro-rated. Stipends are taxable and paid in monthly installments in accordance with time worked. Housing is not provided.
TO APPLY: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references as a single document to: ASI.firstname.lastname@example.org. Any experience with extraction and banding of passerines should be included with total numbers of each. This position will remain open until filled.