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  • HWI American Kestrel Conservation Intern

    • Employer: HawkWatch International
      Location: Salt Lake City, UT
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/13/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    HawkWatch International seeks 2-3 interns to assist with multiple raptor research programs, including American Kestrel Studies (85%), Burrowing Owl Nesting Ecology (10%), and studies of small forest owls (5%).  The internships will run from 16 March through July and come with a $600/week stipend.  Current undergraduate students or recent graduates from a biology, wildlife, or natural resources program qualify for this internship, which is designed to offer field experience to those just beginning careers in conservation.  Interns will work 5-6 days per week, with some weekend work.

    Specific learning/training opportunities include:

    • Assisting HWI staff, graduate student, and community scientists with nest box maintenance and /or installation and the monitoring of American Kestrel, Western Screech-owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and other cavity-nesting species nests
    • Using high-end spotting scope during efforts to resight colorbanded American Kestrels as part of a long-term movement and survival study
    • Installation, upkeep, and retrieval of data from cameras set to document prey deliveries to nests
    • Assisting with capture and banding (including colorbanding) of nestling and adult American Kestrels, using both hand-capture and bal chatri traps.
    • Assisting with collection of feather and blood, samples as part of genetic and contaminant studies
    • Exposure to research and outreach efforts at conservation non-profit organizations
    • Exposure to working with and coordination of a large group of volunteer community scientists
    • Data entry, quality assurance/control, equipment care, and curation of field samples

    See the position description for more details.  Interested parties should fill out this application.  Review of applications ongoing, apply by Jan 13, 2023 for top consideration, open until filled.

    Questions? Contact Dave Oleyar and Jesse Watson (kestrels@hawkwatch.org).

    2023 Kestrel Conservation Internship 11.14.22.pdf

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