Seabird Research Assistant/Intern – Maine

National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program
Matinicus Rock, Maine
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$350-$400/week, with food and housing provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Seabird Research Assistant/Intern needed ASAP through August 15. Preferred start date May 23 or June 7. Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program manages seven island research stations off the coast of Maine. This position will be located on Matinicus Rock, an island 22 miles offshore. Study species include Arctic and Common Terns, Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Laughing Gulls, and Leach’s Storm-Petrels. Work includes, but is not limited to: monitoring seabird populations, productivity, and chick growth; conducting seabird diet studies; banding and resighting birds; removing invasive vegetation; educating island visitors; assisting with predator management; data entry and proofing; and camp maintenance. Living conditions on the island are rustic; field team members stay in the old light keeper's house, typically in 2-person bedrooms. The field station has limited solar electricity, propane stove, small propane refrigerator, composting toilet, and no running water. The field team will spend the entire field season living on-island. Food and supplies will be delivered approximately every two weeks. Food is provided. Must provide own binoculars and sleeping bag.
Previous avian field experience preferred, but not necessary; Must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and slippery rocks and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.); experience living in remote or rustic conditions preferred; Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to get along with people of diverse backgrounds; Capable of working long hours outdoors in variable weather conditions; Must be able to sit in a small bird blind for three hours and maintain focus on data collection; Comfortable on the water in small boats; A sense of humor, willingness to learn, dedication to wildlife conservation, and interest in seabirds and isolated islands; Previous experience with bird banding, rowing, and hunting/trapping are helpful; Must provide own binoculars and sleeping bag. To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references with contact information. Email application materials to and include position applying for in the subject line.
Contact Person
Paula Shannon
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