The wildlife biology intern will assist the refuge biologist in facilitating the refuge biological program on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuges located at the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula.
• Monitor and manage breeding populations of federally threatened piping plovers (Charadrius melodus), American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliates), and colonial nesting waterbirds. Resight data collection of marked federally threatened Rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa).
• Monitor diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) road crossings daily during the nesting season.
• Ensure data collection is complete, organized, and entered into appropriate databases.
• Daily vehicle maintenance, including trucks, boats, and ATVs.
• Respond to marine mammal and sea turtle stranding; assist with invasive species vegetation monitoring and management, and other biological program duties as assigned.
• The internship provides incredible opportunities for viewing and learning about wildlife, especially birds and coastal ecosystems.
• Bunkhouse style co-ed lodging located on the refuge is provided. Modern, furnished housing located close to Refuge headquarters.
• Living allowance of $308 bi-weekly paid by Chincoteague Natural History Association.
• Start date may be flexible, but preferred start date is April 1, 2018. Internship will run for 17 weeks.
• A recent college graduate or current student in Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, or a related field.
• Must have good oral communication and writing skills, be able to work independently and with others, have good observational skills, and a valid driver's license.
• Schedule flexibility (8 to 10 hours daily) including weekends and holidays for a 40 hour work week.
• Must be comfortable working on a boat, and working for several hours at a time in remote locations.
• Experience working with breeding shorebirds, and/or colonial waterbirds. Strong interest in ornithology and experience using optical equipment.
• Ability to walk in difficult terrain for long distances (5 miles per day), carry equipment (30 lbs.), tolerate biting insects (e.g., ticks, flies, mosquitoes) and extreme temperatures and high humidity.
• A vehicle is not required but is strongly recommended for personal use since area is relatively rural with most services located approximately 10 miles away.
An application packet (pdf format or Word) is required and must include the following three items:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume with three references
3. Copy of current college transcript (official copy not necessary)
Email packet to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline is February 2, 2018; however, hiring WILL begin before the closing date, so applying earlier is strongly recommended.