Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon, CA solicits applicants for positions (2) as riparian invasive species control and restoration assistants (interns). Our approach is research-based and nonchemical. The internship is designed in part to give experience in project planning; data collection, management, and summary; and report writing.
Assistants will map some perennial invasive species in our major riparian corridor and remove other targeted invasive species. Will initiate or continue, under guidance of the research and education director, experiments to test methods for controlling invasive species without chemicals and for restoration of native stream vegetation. Will resample long-term passive riparian restoration plots. Will recruit, train, and supervise “Weed Warrior” volunteers who help with control of invasive plant species. Riparian assistants will continue baseline monitoring of 300 acres of oak woodland on Starr Ranch and surveys to detect tree pests and diseases in the riparian corridor. May work on our long term phenology project that uses volunteers to monitor year round response of birds, butterflies, and plants to the changing climate and drought. Will write protocols or work plans for major projects and final reports and give a talk on projects to staff and guests at the end of the season. Must be willing to be involved occasionally with our innovative education program, “Starr Ranch Field Ecology Programs” (see www.starr-ranch.org). Must have enthusiasm for working outdoors and willingness to do physical invasive species removal. Opportunity to live on our 4000 acre preserve. Positions (2) are for mid October 2017 through end of May, 2018.
Salary: $420/week plus housing (private rooms).
Qualifications: College graduates with degree in biology, ecology, or related discipline who seek field experience in invasive species control, quantitative monitoring and, native vegetation restoration. Ability to work independently. Experience in plant sampling in the field highly desirable.
To Apply: Please go to the confidential Audubon career center to start the application process: https://careers-audubon.icims.com. Please use this link to upload your résumé and a cover letter addressed to Dr. Sandy DeSimone stating career goals. Three letters of recommendation can be sent by references to: Dr. Sandy DeSimone, Director, Research and Education; firstname.lastname@example.org; fax (949) 858-1013.The most qualified candidates will have a phone interview. For questions contact Dr. DeSimone at email@example.com or 949-858-0309.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.starr-ranch.org
College graduates with degree in biology, ecology, or related discipline who seek field experience in invasive species control, quantitative monitoring and, native vegetation restoration. Ability to work independently. Experience in plant sampling in the field highly desirable.