POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position will teach K-12 spring field trips at the Alaska Songbird Institute’s Creamer’s Field Migration Station, a mist netting station at Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks, AK. Training will be provided in: science education and interpretation, bird identification, and the basics of mist netting and bird banding.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties may include but are not limited to: leading 1-hour field trips (grades K-12) and bird walks, representing ASI at public events, interpreting project information to visitors, station set up and maintenance, and entering data in a manner that is consistent with ASI procedures. Responsibilities are expected to break down as follows: science education and community interaction (80%); data summarization and entry (5%); and field logistics and techniques (15%).
QUALIFICATIONS: Interns must possess a demonstrated interest in ecology and science education, a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and good communication and interpersonal skills. Interns must make common sense decisions concerning wildlife interactions (e.g., moose, bear), be able to work independently and as part of a team. In addition, this position requires early mornings, weekend days, and the ability to follow a work schedule that is dependent upon changing weather and field logistics.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Bird banding requires good manual dexterity and eyesight and involves long periods of being on your feet with few or no breaks. Interns must be able to access all mist nets and travel with groups of children to the study area. This job may require walking through waist deep water and vegetation, carrying a backpack with gear (~25lbs), stepping over logs and fences, crossing uneven terrain, riding a bicycle, and carrying heavy objects in high levels of insect activity and inclement weather conditions.
HOURS: Variable, not to exceed 40 hours /week from April 22 – May 17, 2019. Must be available weekday mornings from 8 AM to 1 PM. There may be an opportunity for additional work beyond May 17.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: This is a volunteer, educational position that carries no salary, however the position includes a living stipend of $1,250 per month, partial months will be pro-rated. Stipends are taxable and paid in monthly installments. Housing is not provided.
TO APPLY: To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references (at least one should be familiar with your experience/skills working with youth) as a single document to: Claire Stuyck at ASI.firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed until a candidate is selected.