National Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program
offers job opportunities (in the form of internships) on seabird nesting
islands at three different levels:
These descriptions give information
about the requirements and desired qualifications for applicants. When
applying for an internship, please specify the position level(s) for
which you would like to be considered. A pair of binoculars is
TO APPLY: Visit http://www.audubon.org/audubon-career-center and
click on the Current
2012 field positions will be posted to the Career
Center by Monday, December 19.
For all positions: Travel to and from the
base in Bremen, Maine and your home location is the responsibility
of each individual and is not funded by the National Audubon Society.
Food is provided by Audubon while at the research site and mainland
facilities. Housing is available in various forms ranging from tent
space to a bedroom in a historic lighthouse depending upon the sanctuary
to which you are assigned.
Each Audubon field station on the Maine Coast has an Island Supervisor
who is responsible for daily operation of the station and associated
wildlife sanctuary. Supervisors make daily assignments for the data
collection based on approved work plans and sanctuary procedures and
are responsible for the safety of all staff working on the island,
care of project equipment, maintenance of buildings, blinds and structures,
daily coordination of logistics with Audubon base and completion of
an end of the season report summarizing the results of the field season.
Reports to the Program director.
INCLUDE: Managing multiple concurrent seabird studies, drafting a
daily work and staff schedule, training staff on essential field and
computer skills, overseeing data collection and management, conducting
visitor education, protecting the site from human disturbance and predator
management. Applicants for the position should have an M.S. in natural
resources (or a B.S. with similar experience). Hunting and trapping
experience is desirable. Bird banding and small boat handling experience
SEASON: Variable, depending
on the assigned island, but availability should be from early May May
to May 26. The positions end on 17 August.
QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. or M.S.
degree in conservation biology or related area with several years'
experience in similar field research programs. Career goals should
include graduate studies and work in field of conservation biology.
Island Supervisors must be in excellent physical condition (capable
of climbing over rugged terrain and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.).
Wilderness camping experience and dedication to wildlife conservation
are essential. Experience with bird banding and operations of small
boats and coordinating assistants and volunteers highly desirable.
A sense of humor and passion for seabirds and isolated islands are
COMPENSATION: Salary is $455
per week (paid biweekly). Room, board, worker's compensation insurance
coverage, and transportation from the mainland base to and from the
research sites are provided.
AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Seven
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Each field station usually has at least one Research Assistant (RA)
working on the island at any one time. The RAs collect data following
work plans and daily assignments made by the island supervisor. RAs
are involved in all aspects of island life including data collection
from blinds, banding, public education and warden responsibilities
(where appropriate), island maintenance projects and shopping for supplies
when on the mainland. RAs usually stay at an island a minimum of 3
weeks before transferring to a different island. Over the course of
the summer, RAs usually work on at least two islands to receive varied
experience with seabird communities.
INCLUDE: Participation in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring
and management. Interns may work on more than one island over the course
of the field season.
SEASON: Most internships begin
on May 2th and end on August 17th (two or more interns are needed beginning
should have field research experience and be an undergraduate in a related
field or have a B.S. in biology, natural resources, conservation biology,
wildlife management or related field experience, or upper level graduates
with appropriate experience. Career goals should include graduate studies
and a career in conservation biology. RAs must be in excellent physical
condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and able to lift approximately
50 lbs.). Wilderness camping experience and dedication to wildlife conservation
COMPENSATION: Weekly stipend
of $262.50 per week (paid biweekly) plus room, board, worker's compensation
insurance coverage, and transportation from the mainland base to and
from the research sites.
AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Approximately
eleven, depending on funding.
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DESCRIPTION: The first two weeks of this position will be spent at a seabird nesting island where the intern will participate in the research as described in the Research Assistant position description. This time will serve as hands-on orientation to National Audubon Society's Seabird Restoration Program. Upon return to mainland base, there will be a training period for the boat tour naturalist duties. National Audubon Society cooperates with two different private boat tour operators who offer seabird and puffin-viewing tours to the general public. As naturalist, the intern will identify seabirds and marine mammals seen on the tour boats and videos at the PPVC, and provide information on seabird natural history, seabird restoration, ecology of the Gulf of Maine, and human history of the area as it relates to seabirds on the islands. The balance of the season will be spent leading seabird-watching tours and greeting the public at the PPVC.
When not narrating, duties may include preparation of teaching materials and assisting with logistical support.
SEASON: 1st Assistant season
runs May 26th through August 22nd. 2nd Assistant season runs May 26th
through October 31st.
must be seaworthy! Also, must possess a B.S. or B.A. in conservation
education, interpretation, or biology; or an upper level undergraduate
with related experience. Career goals should include a position in
conservation education or interpretation. Applicants must have a valid
driver's license and a reliable vehicle is highly desirable. A pair
of binoculars is required equipment.
COMPENSATION: Weekly stipend
of $262.50 plus room and board (a private room with shared kitchen
and bath at the Project mainland base in Bremen, ME) and worker's compensation
insurance coverage. Mileage will be paid for business use of a personal
vehicle if required.
AVAILABLE POSITIONS: Two
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