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Shorebird Internship

We are seeking one intern to assist the SCCF Wildlife & Habitat Management Program’s shorebird monitoring project from March 11th, 2019 through August 2nd, 2019 (Start and end dates are flexible). Primary duties include: assisting the shorebird biologist with monitoring of nesting snowy plovers, least terns, and Wilson’s plovers; as well as nest searching, setting up nest area enclosures, interacting with the public, communicating with our team of volunteers, and data entry.  Additionally the shorebird intern will assist with the care and maintenance of several live animal exhibits at our nature center (snakes and aquatic turtles). The shorebird intern will also sometimes assist with other departmental projects as needed, including but not limited to: sea turtle monitoring, bald eagle nest monitoring, small mammal trapping, freshwater fish and invertebrate sampling, frog call surveys, prescribed burns, gopher tortoise monitoring, wildlife trail camera upkeep, and vegetation monitoring.  Additionally the intern will assist with data entry and scanning of historical data. Occasional night and weekend work required for fundraising events. Housing is provided. 


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, environmental science, or closely related field
  • Ability and desire to work long, irregular hours (including weekend hours)
  • Ability and desire to work outdoors in adverse conditions (intense heat, biting insects, etc)
  • Ability and desire to interact with the public and give presentations
  • Ability to collect accurate data and enter into Microsoft access and excel databases
  • Ability to accurately enter data and maintain databases
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to live in shared housing
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects  (up to 40 pounds)
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Willingness to clean and maintain live animal exhibits (snakes and aquatic turtles)
  • Willingness to learn and assist with other projects as needed

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous field experience with ground-nesting birds / nest searching
  • Ability to identify and re-sight banded birds
  • Experience with GPS and GIS
  • Willingness to use your personal vehicle for work on occasion (mileage reimbursed)
  • Bird identification skills
  • Experience with public outreach and environmental education

Start Date: March 11, 2019

Deadline:  February 8, 2019

Stipend: ($200/week) and on-island housing provided

To apply:  Please send a resume and 3 references to Audrey Albrecht at   (no phone calls please).  No cover letter required.