Summer Field Biologist: New York

Bedford Audubon Society
Katonah, New York
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2023 Summer Field Biologist Bedford Audubon is pleased to announce the availability of a ten-week paid opportunity in field biology, located at Bylane Farm, our center of operations in Katonah, New York. Core Intern Responsibilities • Participate in our Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) research program. This includes site preparation, bird extraction from mist nets, banding, data collection and management, and data reporting. MAPS is a North American research project led by the Institute for Bird Populations. There are more than 500 MAPS Stations across the continent. MAPS is a rigorous scientific endeavor, utilizing demographic techniques specifically recommended for monitoring the effectiveness of avian conservation efforts. The data provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American land bird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations. • Aid in the development of sanctuary management plans and executing plans. This includes identifying emerging invasive species and researching and implementing best practices for management, monitoring for evidence of pollution and other habitat degradation, identifying ideal point count locations, updating sanctuary wildlife checklists, and positioning and checking camera traps. • Work on the Proof of Life biodiversity score pilot project (a community science project that Bedford Audubon supports), creating one or more biodiversity “Terra Patches” around our headquarters in conformity with established science protocols. • Additional opportunities for research and activity (e.g., communications and marketing, development, environmental education, etc.) are available, depending on the candidate’s experience and personal goals. • Assist in the smooth operation of Bedford Audubon. • A final report is required before the culmination of the internship opportunity, for publication on Bedford Audubon’s website, and by funding and partnering organizations. The report can take the form of a written summary, series of blog postings or photo blogs, video, PowerPoint presentation, or some combination.
Required Skills & Qualities The ideal candidate for the Summer Field Biology Opportunity is an enthusiastic individual with a passion for environmental conservation and field biology. The candidate should have experience with mist netting and bird banding and possess bird and plant identification skills. A cheerful eagerness to work in a public setting is required. The candidate should be self-motivated, and able to successfully work independently as well as in a supportive team atmosphere. The candidate should be in good physical condition and able to work outside for extended periods as well as in a casual yet professional office setting.
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