Bahamas May 2020 Live-aboard Schooner Expedition: Volunteer Shorebird Field Assistant Intern- Bahamas Live-Aboard
GET FIELD EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR RESUME! TWO POSITIONS OPEN. Conservian is seeking a few enthusiastic volunteer field assistant interns for our Bahamas habitat restoration work in May/June 2020 aboard a 75ft research schooner in the Bahamas. The focus of the work is assisting with shorebird surveys and controlling invasive Australian pine. Assistant will work cooperatively with Conservian project director to lead and conduct fieldwork and help supervise volunteers. Focal species include Wilson’s Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns and other colonial nesting species. Assistants will record data on breeding pairs, habitat assessment, and human-created disturbance. Assistants will complete various data forms, perform data entry, and assist director with daily planning/prep duties onboard the research schooner. This is an excellent opportunity to gain intense field experience and a positive recommendation for your resume during a single week in the field.
IMPORTANT: Trip cost is $1750 per person/week. For qualifying applicants, Conservian will provide only PARTIAL assistance with schooner fare cost. Airfare & insurance are NOT included. All trips include bunk, onboard meals & ground transportation associated with project. A valid passport is required. Please go to Coastalbird.org for more info. PLEASE NOTE: We fully plan on conducting our expedition. We have a committed crew of researchers and volunteers. If a U.S./Bahamas travel ban continues due to COVID-19 that affects our expedition before departure, your trip fare will be fully refunded.
MAY/JUNE 2020 EXPEDITION DATES & LOCATIONS AVAILABLE:
TBD: Late May/early June- Cat Island & Eleuthera - Other trip weeks full. Trip includes 7 nights aboard the schooner.
Project Summary: Conservian and partners will continue on-the-ground protective and restorative measures to limit human-caused disturbance, and control invasive Australian pine at key Piping Plover, shorebird, and seabird sites in the Bahamas. Field assistant and volunteers will participate in collecting new data on shorebirds and seabirds of the Bahamas. Our days will be filled with much adventure. We will work in both populated and remote areas, sail blue Caribbean waters, visit white sandy beaches, boat to little islands, conduct ground surveys for beach-nesting birds, nests, and downy chicks, and meet new people. There will be time to fish, snorkel, and visit local island towns.
Qualifications: Applicants must be responsible, adventurous, in good physical condition, enjoy working in teams, and capable of walking several miles during warm weather in the Caribbean. Applicants must be comfortable living communally onboard a schooner and riding in small boats to access project sites. If you would like to join our conservation crew for a week or more as a Volunteer Field Assistant: Please send 1) letter of interest 2) resume 3) names, email addresses and phone numbers of 2 references to Margo Zdravkovic: MargoZ@Coastalbird.org Please label all attachments with your name. The review of applicants is ongoing and will continue until positions are filled.