Project Objective: The objectives of this project are to collect, record, and compile data on the nesting activity of colonial shorebirds and provide educational opportunities to park visitors.
Major Tasks to be Performed: The intern will conduct daily patrols of the two ends of Bear Island. They will observe and record courtship, nesting, breeding, fledging and feeding habits of a variety of shorebirds. Patrol is carried out by ATV, four-wheel drive vehicles, and / or by foot. Nesting areas will be marked with signs and closed off to the general public. Confirmed nests of endangered species or species of concern will be protected with an exclosure. The intern will provide information to park visitors via brochures or impromptu talks on the beach.
Final Product or Outcome Anticipated: The intern will acquire knowledge and understanding of coastal shorebirds. He or she will provide assistance in completion of the annual report on nesting activity to North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The intern will compile and organize data into hard copy form and electronic databases.
Knowledge Gained by Intern: 1) The intern will gain an understanding of the natural history, life cycle, threats and conservation issues surrounding shorebirds, specifically piping plover. 2) The intern will learn various data collection techniques in the field, and gain experience with sampling tools and equipment through hands-on experiences. 3) The intern will conduct various data compilation techniques. 4) The intern will learn to work independently with moderate supervision, and to schedule work hours to accommodate various obligations. 5) The intern will learn to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle and an ATV in beach conditions.
Resources Available to Intern: This is an unpaid internship, but each intern will be provided a local host family that will assist with laundry, groceries, and other requested needs. There is also free on-site housing provided at Bear Island where the intern is required to live. (Barracks facility has 6 double occupancy bedrooms, full kitchen, bathroom and living room area). Transportation to and from Bear Island via the public ferry will be free of charge. The park will provide all necessary field guides and monitoring equipment
Work Schedule: Interns will be required to work 5 five days a week (40 hours) through the length of the internship. In most cases interns will work alone. Schedules can be flexible and will be discussed further upon acceptance of the internship.
• Academic Majors Desired: Ornithology, Coastal Biology, Biology, Resource Management, Coastal Ecology, Wildlife Management or similar majors
• Student must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and returning the following semester
• Must possess valid driver license
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation to the park.
Email Ranger Mallory Olson (email@example.com) with questions and application packages. Applications due by March 1st, 2022.