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  • Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Intern

    • Employer: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
      Location: Marin Headlands, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/06/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Organization Description: The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service overseeing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — 82,000 acres of national parkland spanning the San Francisco Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz Island. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. With our local and federal partners, the Parks Conservancy is committed to the work of supporting Bay Area national parks as places where we can further racial and social justice for our community and climate resilience for these protected lands.

    Department Description: The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO) is a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service and is made up of approximately 200 community volunteers plus a small staff. The GGRO’s mission is to inspire the preservation of California birds of prey, collectively referred to as raptors. Our primary focus is to study and monitor the Pacific Raptor Flyway, particularly at the Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. We are dedicated to the conservation of raptors through both careful data collection and by engaging the public in our research.

    Position Overview: GGRO is hiring two interns! We are seeking passionate biology or environmental science students who enjoy learning about birds and interacting with many different and multifaceted people in team settings. GGRO Interns will learn the scientific background of GGRO’s migration studies and our counting and banding field techniques, while discovering the ins and outs of a 40-year-old, muddy-boots, community science operation in a beautiful national park surrounded by urban areas. Interns will learn to identify California raptor species and other local birds as well as assist with educational programs on Hawk Hill, interpreting the migration for park visitors and school groups.

    This is a paid full-time position for a six-month term. The internship program is specifically designed for individuals who are either early in their careers or graduating college. The internship provides an immersive work-based learning experience and professional development opportunities in the park.

    Start Date: June 26, 2023, for a 6-month term
    End Date: December 22, 2023
    Schedule: Full-time (40 hours a week), 5 days per week (schedule will be 5 consecutive days during field season, including some evening and weekend shifts; scheduling will vary based on program needs)
    Work site: Marin Headlands, Marin County, CA
    • This internship will be in-person, in alignment with state and local COVID-19 guidelines.

    Reports To: Senior Program Manager, GGRO

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

    GGRO Interns support the daily activities of our 150 volunteer scientists in close coordination with GGRO staff.

    Raptor migration field research
    • Identify and count up to 19 species of birds of prey
    • Trap and band hawks and falcons
    • Collect detailed and accurate data in the field
    • Animal husbandry

    Outreach and education
    • Deliver public talks on hawk biology and migration
    • Provide educational programs for volunteers
    • Maintain and create outreach materials for public display
    • Develop content for social media platforms and program newsletters

    Data management
    • Enter and proof migration data using Access database and Excel
    • Generate data reports

    Administrative/Operational support
    • Provide logistical support for day-to-day office and field operations
    • Assist with special projects

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Passion for bird identification and wildlife study
    • Able to communicate effectively, build relationships, and treat others with respect
    • Able to adapt to changing plans (for example, poor weather, unpredictable environmental conditions, etc.); takes initiative and can self-motivate
    • Wants to welcome, teach, and inspire multicultural audiences
    • Ability to work with large groups of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints

    Education and/or Experience:
    • Recent college graduate, or current senior, in biological sciences or related field
    • Prior experience with animal husbandry or wildlife handling is a plus
    • A valid driver's license, safe driving skills, and successful DMV record check is required to drive work vehicles

    Health and Safety:
    It is the policy of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to create and maintain a safe and healthful workplace free from recognized hazards that may cause harm to employees, consistent with and in compliance with applicable state and federal laws. Employees will play an active role in creating a safe and healthy workplace and will comply with all applicable health and safety rules. The Conservancy is committed to the goal of implementing an effective health and safety program and an injury prevention program. Based on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parks Conservancy requires all employees, interns, and independent contractors to be vaccinated and to provide proof of such vaccination as a condition of employment or performing contract work.

    Physical Requirements and Work Conditions:
    • Able to work full days in an outdoor setting (in inclement weather, on steep slopes, in rough terrain, and in poison oak)
    • Able to stay focused and motivated, even during extend periods of heavy fog
    • Work involves long periods of standing as well as sitting
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

    Pay and Benefits:
    Wage Rate: $18/hour
    • This is a non-benefitted position. Interns do receive paid sick time. Interns will also receive unpaid time off on Federal holidays and may request additional unpaid time off for vacation or personal use.
    • Additionally, Interns have access to the Employee Assistance Program and Employee discounts
    • Uniform shirts, jacket, and hat with the Parks Conservancy logo will be provided; interns will also receive a stipend for work pants and/or boots

    Professional Development:
    • Gain knowledge of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and its mission
    • Develop proficiency in North American raptor species identification
    • Opportunity to become familiar with raptor biology, field methods, and scientific literature
    • Gain experience in conducting a long-term volunteer-staffed wildlife study
    • Opportunity to exercise teamwork and supervisory skills
    • Opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park history, flora and fauna, conservation and climate change, social and environmental justice, and much more

    Application Due Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
    Submit a cover letter and resume including personal and professional experience that is relevant to the position. In your cover letter, please indicate why you are interested in this internship. Please include 3 references in your application.

    Apply here: https://jobapply.page.link/S3WEV

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

    The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances. We will consider qualified candidates with criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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