One full time intern is needed to assist with monitoring coastal nesting and migrating birds (piping plover, Wilson's plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher, and red knot), on the Assateague Island and Assawoman Island units of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Virginia.
Primary responsibilities (80% of duties) include but are not limited to: censusing a variety of beach nesting birds, monitoring productivity from egg laying to fledging, erecting predator exclosures, posting and maintaining symbolic fencing, re-sighting and recording banded birds, data entry, report writing and daily truck and ATV maintenance.
Additional responsibilities (20% of duties) include but are not limited to: marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response, assisting with sea turtle nest monitoring and management, participating in environmental education and interpretation events.
Strong interest in avian conservation and experience using optical equipment (binoculars, spotting scopes), previous coastal bird experience, familiarity with field research techniques, data collection procedures, GIS and computer skills helpful.
o U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
o Recent college graduate or current student with a minimum of junior status in wildlife biology or related field.
o Ability to work independently under adverse environmental conditions (heat, humidity, wind, biting insects)
o Ability to walk in difficult terrain for long distances (5 miles per day) and carry field equipment (30-40 lbs)
o Good observational and communication skills, good hearing and eyesight, the ability to work well with others, live in close quarters, and be an enthusiastic field worker.
o Valid state driver's license, 4-wheel driving experience and must be comfortable riding ATVs.
o Schedule flexibility (9 to 12 hours daily) including weekend and evening shifts
o Experience of a lifetime!
o Free co-ed bunkhouse style lodging on Chincoteague NWR
o Modern furnished facilities with laundry, Wi-Fi, and TV in common area.
o Professional development, training, and networking opportunities.
o Training, work vehicle, equipment, and FWS volunteer uniforms provided.
How to Apply:
Email application (one PDF) to Katie Walker that includes:
o Cover letter
o Contact information for three professional references (including email and phone number)
Applications should be named with internship type and first and last names: