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  • Seabird Research Assistant/Intern

    • Employer: National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program
      Location: Matinicus Rock, Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Seabird Research Assistant/Intern needed ASAP through August 15.  Preferred start dates May 23 or June 7.


    Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program manages seven island research stations off the coast of Maine. This position will be based at Matinicus Rock, an island 22 miles offshore.  Study species include Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Arctic Terns, Common Terns, Laughing Gulls, and Leach’s Storm-Petrels. Work includes, but is not limited to: monitoring seabird populations, productivity, and growth; conducting seabird diet studies; banding and resighting birds; removing invasive vegetation; educating island visitors; assisting with predator management; data entry and proofing; and camp maintenance.

    Living conditions on the island are rustic; field team members stay in the old light keeper's house, typically in 2-person bedrooms.  The field station has limited solar electricity, propane stove, small propane refrigerator, composting toilet, and no running water.  The Research Assistant/Intern will spend the entire field season living on-island with a crew of 5 people. Food and supplies will be delivered to the island approximately every two weeks.


    $350-400/week, depending on experience.  Food and housing are provided.  Must provide own binoculars and sleeping bag.


    Some previous avian field experience preferred; Must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and slippery rocks and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.); Previous experience living in remote or rustic conditions preferred; Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to get along with people of diverse backgrounds; Capable of working long hours outdoors in variable weather conditions; Must be able to sit in a small bird blind for three hours and maintain focus on data collection; Comfortable on the water in small boats; A sense of humor, willingness to learn, dedication to wildlife conservation, and interest in seabirds and isolated islands; Previous experience with bird banding, rowing, and hunting/trapping are helpful; Must provide own binoculars and sleeping bag.

    To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references with contact information. Email applications to pshannon@audubon.org and include position applying for in the subject line.



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