Point Blue Conservation Science seeks four banding interns and three nest searching interns for the 2020 spring/summer season at the Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas, CA. These internships will support our long-term mist-netting, bird banding, nest searching, and territory mapping research. Each banding intern will be trained to run a mist-netting station which includes extracting, safely handling, and gathering identification and morphological data on songbirds and other species. Each nest searching intern will be trained to identify songbirds by sight and sound, resight colorbanded individuals, record territory boundaries, and search for and monitor nests.
Since 1966, Palomarin has been training the next generation of conservation scientists through intensive field-based internships. These post-baccalaureate internships teach landbird research techniques and data-driven solutions to conservation challenges. Palomarin is among the longest running bird observatories in North America, with a rich history as a leader in studying the impact of environmental change on birds. Interns completing our program leave with a comprehensive knowledge base, including the ability to design and implement conservation research, communicate research to the public, and ensure data are incorporated effectively into data management systems and resource management planning efforts.
Palomarin’s Intern Training Program has a global influence, having prepared over 600 interns from over 22 countries for careers in academic research, applied conservation, natural resource management, and beyond, with approximately 80% of intern alumni developing careers these fields, the majority related to birds.
Interns will learn key concepts and skills in the following six areas:
· Field methods in ecological and conservation research with emphasis on mist netting, bird banding, nest searching, and territory mapping of songbirds
· Understanding the scientific process and the role of natural history observation in guiding meaningful research and conservation
· Critical thinking and evaluation of research and conservation
· Climate-smart conservation
· Best practices in science interpretation
· Skills and advances in data management and data integrity
At the end of the internship, interns will demonstrate synthesis of their new knowledge by completing a final capstone project.
Qualifications: Self-motivation, a sense of humor, and the desire to spend long hours in the field and office are required. Participants must be able to work independently as well as in groups. Exposure to poison oak is unavoidable.
Duration: The spring/summer internships are between 4.5 - 6 months long. Banding internships start between March 1 – 15, 2020 and end in August 2020. Nest searching internships start March 15, 2020 and end on July 31, 2020. Applicants must be able to commit to the full period.
Compensation: This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($850 per month, gross) and communal housing is provided.
To Apply: Please email your application to Hilary Allen (email@example.com) AND Mark Dettling (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications should include: 1) a letter of interest describing why you’d like an internship and which internship position you would like (if you have a preference), previous experience (field-based or otherwise), dates of availability, and whether or not you have a vehicle (it is not necessary for all interns to have a vehicle), 2) a resume, and 3) contact information for three references.
Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2019.
Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and do not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.
Learn more about Point Blue and our Palomarin Field Station at www.pointblue.org.