Conservian Bahamas May 2020 Live-aboard Schooner Expedition:
Invasive Plant Field Assistant Intern- Bahamas Live-Aboard
Conservian is seeking one enthusiastic volunteer field assistant intern for our Bahamas habitat restoration work in May 2020 aboard our 75ft research schooner on the week of May 3-10 in the Joulter Cays IBA. The focus of the work is training and assisting Bahamian students to control invasive Australian pine. Assistant will work cooperatively with Conservian project director to lead and conduct fieldwork and help supervise volunteers. Assistant will help project director with daily planning/prep duties onboard the research schooner. Assistant will also participate in shorebird conservation activities during that week. Please see website for short video and project information at Coastalbird.org
For qualifying applicants, Conservian will cover the schooner fare which includes your bunk, onboard meals, water, and ground transportation associated with project. A valid passport is required. Airfare and insurance are not included. Assistants will fly to the Bahamas to designated airports for shuttle transport to schooner. Please see website for more information at Coastalbird.org Leadership abilities and experience in invasive plant control is preferred.
Project Summary Conservian and partners will continue on-the-ground protective and restorative measures to limit human-caused disturbance, and control invasive Australian pine at key Piping Plover, shorebird, and seabird sites in the Bahamas. Field assistant and volunteers will participate in collecting new data on shorebirds and seabirds of the Bahamas. Selected sites include globally and locally Important Bird Areas and national parks of the Bahamas, such as Joulter Cays IBA, Ambergris Cay IBA, as well as additional key shorebird sites on N. Andros.
Qualifications: Invasive plant control experience/education and leadership abilities are preferred for this position. Applicants must be responsible, adventurous, in good physical condition, enjoy working in teams, and capable of walking several miles during warm weather in the Caribbean. Applicants must be comfortable living communally onboard a schooner and riding in small boats to access project sites.
If you would like to join our conservation crew for a week or more as a Volunteer Field Assistant: Please send 1) letter of interest 2) resume 3) names, email addresses and phone numbers of 2 references to Margo Zdravkovic: MargoZ@Coastalbird.org Please label all attachments with your name. The review of applicants is ongoing and will continue until positions are filled.