Duties: Monitoring of colonial nesting seabirds (primarily Artic Tern) and visitor use near nesting areas within the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. Conduct Northern Goshawk Surveys. Other project work as needed: landbird data management, amphibian survey, bat survey, salmon management, beaver management, passerine and hummingbird banding, environmental education, mountain goat monitoring. Reports to government office for data entry and training. Intern will be expected to buy suitable rain gear and durable field clothing. Season dates: 4-15-18 to 7-28-18
Compensation: Housing provided in US Forest Service owned modern apartment building with access to trails and birding areas. Bicycle provided for transportation, and bus systems nearby. (Nearest shopping is about 5 miles away.) A stipend for travel to Juneau, Alaska and an additional stipend for food and supplies of approx. $280 per week is provided. A priceless experience looking for cool birds near a glacier and a huge, wild, temperate rainforest.
Desired skills: Interest in birds and conservation. Basic bird ID skills required. Nest watching skills helpful. Ability to learn quickly how to use cameras, GPS and novel software, and to problem-solve and innovate in field situations. Some college level biological course work completed, preferably including wildlife management. Ability to hike efficiently on uneven trails, carrying field gear. Willingness to work in weather that may be wet and cool; or buggy. Able to work independently and to adhere to strict safely protocols. Demonstrated ability to take careful, complete, legible and accurate data and safely maintain it both in field and electronic formats. Familiar with Microsoft applications and basic database use. Willingness to work in both remote wilderness areas and heavily touristed zones.
To Apply: Internship is through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Note that non-students can apply but do need to be over age 18 with a high school diploma or GED.
Deadline: Please submit materials complete before Jan 1 to facilitate USFS decisions by mid- Feb.