The Owl Research Institute is hiring a full time, seasonal intern for the spring of 2021. We are located in the beautiful Mission Valley of northwest Montana, with field sites mainly in the Mission Valley and around Missoula. The intern will work on field studies on species including but not limited to Short-eared Owls, Long-eared Owls, Great Gray Owls, Northern Pygmy Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls. Interns will be working under the supervision and guidance of senior owl biologists. Early season work may include late nights (7pm – 1am) and early mornings (3am – 7am) as well as daytime work. Hours and days will vary weekly depending on study species and techniques. Minimum of one full day off a week will be granted.
Interns will gain experience and skills in owl survey protocols, nest searching, nest monitoring, remote camera monitoring, capture techniques, raptor handling and banding, habitat surveys, pellet analysis, behavior and life history observation, and data collection and entry and more.
The intern can live in rustic field housing in Charlo, MT or choose to commute from Missoula or surrounding areas (housing in Missoula NOT provided/reimbursed).
Dates: March 1 – July 15 (could be negotiable for the right candidate)
How to apply: email resume/CV and cover letter addressing qualifications and interest to Beth Mendelsohn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed as they come in.
Required Qualifications: Enthusiasm for owls, wildlife, and conservation. Strong work ethic and positive attitude. Ability to work alone and as a team. Good observation skills and willingness to learn. Proven ability to collect and record scientific data. Ability to hike and navigate off trail carrying up to 30 lbs. Ability to work effectively outside in inclement weather, hot sun, bugs, thorns, mud, bears etc. at all hours of the day and night.
Preferred Qualifications: Undergraduate degree or coursework in a related field or proven interest in wildlife biology and natural history. Prior field experience. Experience with ATV/snowmobiles.