Job Description: Duties include but are not limited to: monitoring productivity of roseate and common tern, banding tern chicks, finding nests in rocky areas, re-sighting fledglings and adults from field blinds, keeping accurate, organized, and detailed data/field notes, doing light maintenance, participating in non-lethal predator management, operating/maintaining small watercraft and associated vehicles, and educating the public. Responsibilities may vary due to the strengths of individuals.
Details: Internships will begin on May 18th and continue until the beginning of August (8/7). The position involves working long hours, nights, weekends, and holidays. Schedules will be around 40 hours per week, but will vary frequently in the length of day and start time. Days off may not be consecutive. Staff will live in the research station on the island with other refuge staff for most of the field season. There is no heat/AC or running water in the station, but there is solar electricity. Interns will have free dormitory style housing at Refuge headquarters in Westbrook, CT on their days off. Training will be provided including the DOI’s Motorboat Operator Certification Course. A small living allowance of $210.00/week will be provided for the 12 week internship. This intern position is funded through a Youth Engagement, Education, and Employment Program of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Applicants must be 18-30 years of age (or up to 35 if a U.S. veteran).
Qualifications: Previous bird banding experience is necessary – banding experience with seabirds will give preference. Applicants must have the ability to perform the physical duties of the position including being able to walk on uneven, rocky embankments with field equipment in all kinds of weather and work in areas with poison ivy. Applicants must be U.S. citizens able to work with minimal supervision, be very independent, easy-going, be able to work with the public of all ages in a professional manner, and possess a valid U.S. driver’s license. Intern will need to drive personal vehicle to and from dock. Additional experience with beach nesting birds, field work in a field camp setting, data collection, bird identification, waterfowl hunting, and an academic background in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental science or a related field are preferred.
To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references (must include email and phone number) by March 20th, 2020 via email to: Kristina_Vagos@fws.gov. In the subject line, please enter “Tern Intern” and the first letter of your first name followed by your full last name. All application material should be titled similarly. Please do not send applications by mail.