California Condor Internship – Big Sur, CA

Ventana Wildlife Society
San Simeon, CA
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Internship starts: ASAP! Latest possible start date October 30. Priority given to applicants who are available to start sooner. The Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to assist us with our California Condor Reintroduction Program in San Simeon, CA. VWS has been reintroducing endangered California condors to the central coast region since 1997 and currently monitors a flock of 80+ condors. Position involves releasing and monitoring captive/free-flying California condors utilizing radio telemetry, participating in supplemental food placements, nest observation, public education, as well as other flock management activities. The Condor Project field office is located at our Discovery Center in Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur, CA. VWS currently operates two release site in the remote coastal mountains of Big Sur and San Simeon. Interns will be provided Field housing at San Simeon and will receive a monthly stipend of $650/month. The field housing at San Simeon is a remote cabin 45 minutes up a gated dirt road, where the two VWS Interns will live. Applicants must be comfortable spending extended periods of time in a remote location with one other individual. Interns work 5 days on (40 hours) and then take two days off. Field vehicles will be provided for all condor project related activities. Interns must possess their own means of transportation for non-work related/personal travel on days off. Internships span 6 months and are available year-round. We have a total of four (6 month) internships available each year. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience with an endangered species while living on the breathtaking California central coast. Applicants must have a clean driving record and be U.S. Citizens.
Preferred applicants will have: BS Degree in Biological/Environmental related field of study Prior bird/ornithological, interpretive, and/or field biology experience. - Valid driver's license and clean driving record - Experience with driving 4wd vehicles on dirt roads - Experience working outdoors in remote locations in inclement weather conditions - A knowledge of basic field safety and/or a CPR certificate, First responder certificate - Good physical conditioning and the ability to hike in steep rugged terrain in inclement weather conditions. - Ability to safely lift and move carcasses in excess of 50-75 pounds. - Ability to handle rotten carcasses (not for the squeamish) - Outgoing personality with an interest in natural interpretation and sharing with the public - No cat allergies (there is a cat at our alternate field housing) - A strong interest in both avian research and restoration Please submit cover letter and resume with three work related references to VWS Condor Biologist Melissa Clark at For more information about the research, restoration and education activities of our organization, visit: ,, or our instagram @ventanawildlifesociety
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