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  • Mourning Dove Trapping and Banding Internship (3 Positions)

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
      Location: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Grand Chenier, Louisiana
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 05/15/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Mourning Dove Trapping and Banding Internship (3 Positions)

    Location: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Grand Chenier, Louisiana

    Supervisor: James Whitaker

    Target Universities: Louisiana State University, McNeese State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette , Nichols State University, LSUA

    Background: A national dove banding program was initiated in 2003 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in conjunction with many state wildlife management agencies. This program aids in understanding mourning dove population biology and to help estimate the effects of harvest on mourning dove populations. The data gathered from this program and others are critical in the development of setting harvest season dates and bag limits for mourning doves. In addition, this information is used for annual harvest management plans and other strategic management plans that have large landscape level effects.

    Project Scope: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plays an integral role with banding mourning doves. Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge plays an important role in this program and bands several hundred mourning doves annually. The interns for this position will have many functional roles with the mourning dove banding program including, but not limited to: preparing banding sites; setting and monitoring traps; baiting traps, banding, sexing, and ageing doves; data entry; and other related duties as assigned. The interns must be able to work long and irregular hours (pre-dawn and post-dusk daily) and weekends. The interns must be willing to work in extreme heat and humidity and be able to tolerate mosquitoes and other biting insects while working in the field. The interns must be able to lift 50 lbs. to perform baiting operations. The interns must be able to take detailed notes for data collection and be proficient with Microsoft Office Excel program. The interns will be required to write a management plan/summary report for the banding season and present a poster at the Louisiana Professional Biologists symposium. Interested applicants should contact James Whitaker for any questions related to the project: jwhitaker@wlf.la.gov

    Timing: ~May 15-August 10, (Flexible beginning and end dates)

    Housing: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge will provide housing

    Compensation: College credit will be contingent upon university approval. Students will be paid $10/hr.

    Send cover letter and resume to:
    James Whitacker
    Biologist Supervisor
    Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Email: jwhitaker@wlf.la.gov

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