The National Park Service is conducting research on multiple carnivore species in the Santa Monica Mountains, including bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, and gray foxes. Projects are designed to assess the effects of habitat fragmentation/urban encroachment on the ecology of carnivores and focus on distribution, abundance, survival, causes of mortality, disease prevalence, diet, movement, reproduction, and dispersal. We are currently accepting applications for one part-time (20hrs/wk) Urban Carnivore Ecology Internship position to begin immediately. This position will focus on using non-invasive techniques for studying carnivores, such as camera traps and scat detection, that will contribute to our understanding of carnivore populations in the region.
Major Duties: (You will increase skills in, or learn to)
• Under the guidance of the project biologist the intern will mange our urban camera study, including
• Managing the schedule for camera placement and rotation
• Placement, rotation, and maintenance of remote camera traps
• Maintenance and preparation of necessary equipment
• Identify and tag remote camera photos
• Manage and conduct monthly scat surveys for bobcats and coyotes
• May also assist with some of the parks other wildlife studies including other carnivore projects, roadway projects, stream surveys and pitfall trapping.
• A stipend of $20 per workday is available.
• This position is not eligible for housing.
To apply, submit the following documents via email to Joanne_moriarty@nps.gov
• Letter of intent (include how the position will benefit your career, the dates you are available, your understanding that this internship is unpaid, except for the stipend, and that you have your own vehicle for transportation to and from work)
• College transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
• Three reference contacts (Include email and phone)
NOTE: A few applicants have had trouble sending attachments to government email addresses. If you have this issue, please try sharing your documents through google drive. If you do not have access to a google account, or still have trouble sending your attachments, please email me with no attachments, and we can make arrangements to get your documents submitted another way.
• Must be a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States
• College students and recent graduates are eligible.
• Educational interest and experience in Biology, Ecology or related field
• Must have previous field experience, and experience in radio telemetry is helpful.
• Strong computer skills, particularly in Excel, Access, and GIS is highly desirable.
• Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team, be detail-oriented and organized.
• Good oral and written communication skills and ability to follow oral or written directions.
• Valid driver's license is required.
• Must have own transportation to and from worksite. Government vehicles are available for intern use within the scope of their internship.
• Background check and/or fingerprint check may be required.
• A positive working attitude
Work Site and Conditions:
• Substantial amounts of walking in rough terrain, such as dense chaparral or deep and rocky streams.
• Minimum commitment of 6 months, part-time at 20 hours per week. Work schedule may include weekdays, weekends, and holidays.