Tin Mountain is a non-profit environmental education and conservation research organization that promotes an appreciation of the natural environment among children, adults, and families through hands on programs in the schools, at camps, and in the community to demonstrate responsible stewardship of natural resources through land protection, research, and sustainable forestry, agriculture, and energy.
We are seeking one Avian Ecology Intern for a 3 month summer 2021 field season, with the possibility of extending the position to a full year depending on job performance and logistics. The Avian Ecology Intern will contribute to Tin Mountain’s 10+ years of avian research by conducting point counts on two of Tin Mountain’s sanctuaries, resighting previously banded species, assisting with songbird banding activities, and collecting forest habitat data to monitor the efficacy of forest management. The long-term breeding bird survey was initiated in 2007 to inventory all species using Tin Mountain’s Rockwell Sanctuary and Bear Paw Timberlands during May-July while also training young professionals in habitat protection. Weekly visits to 70 permanent point count locations generate information about population trends that only long-term studies can provide. The Avian Ecology Intern will also assist with breeding bird banding activities and will learn proper net extraction and banding techniques for forest-breeding songbirds. The intern will work with volunteers and staff to collect/analyze data and report results. The ecological monitoring of timberlands is part of Tin Mountain’s sustainability policy for managing its 1,200 acres of timberlands in Conway. The intern will sample vegetative habitat characteristics at the point count locations to determine breeding bird response to timber harvests of differing ages.
More information about our research program can be found here: https://www.tinmountain.org/program-descriptions/research-monitoring/
The avian ecology internship will begin mid-May and run through mid-to-late August, with the possibility of extending the internship to a full year ending in May 2022 pending satisfactory job performance and availability. Compensation is $1,000/month. Shared housing is provided. COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of all staff and interns.
Tin Mountain strives to provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment in which to learn about and explore the natural world. Our doors and our lands are open and available to everyone who wants to participate. Tin Mountain Conservation Center staff, board of trustees, and members are united in our passion for environmental conservation, education, and research as well as our mutual trust and respect for each other and the world in which we live.
Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter, including dates of availability, to Katy Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application Deadline: January 25, 2021
Qualified applicants will have:
An interest in avian ecology and forest management
Experience identifying northern New England bird species by sight and sound
A familiarity with or willingness to learn proper mist-netting and banding techniques
Data collection, organization, and management skills
Ability to work well in groups as well as independently in the field
Ability to work in challenging field conditions including hot summer weather, insects, and early mornings
Ability to navigate and hike through rough forested terrain
A willingness to contribute to reports and pursue independent research projects
Experience with GPS and mapping software such as ArcMap preferred but not required