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    Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
    • Employer: Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
      Location: Marin Headlands, SF Bay Area, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/03/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    GGRO Raptor Migration Internship, Golden Gate National Parks
    Mid-June 2020 – Mid-January 2021



    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 300 community volunteers and a small staff. The GGRO’s mission is to inspire the preservation of California birds of prey. Our business is to study the bird of prey migration along the central California coast, 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 involving the public in every aspect of our research.

    GGRO is 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 35-year-old, muddy-boots, community science operation in an urban national park. Interns will learn to identify California raptor species, as well as other local birds and insects, and will also lead educational programs on Hawk Hill, interpreting the migration for park visitors and school groups.


    Description of Duties

    GGRO Interns will support the daily activities of our 300 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
    • Data management 
      • Enter and proof migration data using Access database and Excel
      • Generate data reports
    • Outreach and education
      • Lead public talks on hawk biology and migration
      • Lead educational programs for volunteers
      • Maintain and create outreach materials for public display
      • Develop content for social media platforms and program newsletters
    • Administrative/Operational support
      • Provide logistical support for day-to-day office and field operations
      • Assist with special projects


    Desired Qualifications 

    • Recent college graduate or current senior in biological sciences or related field
    • Passion for bird identification and wildlife study
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Flexible, mature, self-motivated, and a sense of humor
    • Enthusiasm for welcoming, teaching, and inspiring multicultural audiences
    • Ability to work with large groups of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
    • Animal husbandry or wildlife handling experience a plus


    Physical Requirements and Work Environments

    • Ready to work long hours outdoors (in inclement weather, on steep slopes, in rough terrain, and in poison oak)
    • Able to stay focused and upbeat in the face of sometimes-pervasive fog
    • Able to stand (and sit) for long periods of time
    • Able to lift up to 50 lbs


    Click here for full position description and application instructions.

    Edited by Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

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