Shoreline Education and Awareness (SEA) Wildlife Biologist Internship
Position Title: Wildlife Biology Intern (1 Position)
Position Location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365
Term of Service: Approximately April 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016 (6 months)
Position Summary: The Intern will be supervised by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Biologist. This full-time (40 hours/week) internship offers the opportunity to gain field experience conducting bird surveys and a variety of other biological field techniques. The intern will work closely with the Refuge Biologist to conduct bird surveys, assist with wildlife management programs, and conduct outreach activities. The primary duty of the intern will be to conduct weekly seabird monitoring surveys on established plots at Cape Perpetua.
Secondary duties will include black oystercatcher surveys along the Oregon coast, tufted puffin monitoring, and assisting the Biologist with a variety of other field and data entry tasks. There may be sufficient time for the Intern to conduct a personal independent field study using Refuge resources, subject to the Biologist’s approval.
General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):
• Conduct bird surveys using established field protocols, which involve identifying birds by sight and sound, recording field data, and entering data in an electronic database.
• Assist the Refuge Biologist as needed with field tasks including nesting seabird (black oystercatcher, tufted puffin, cormorant) observations and surveys.
• Assist with general office duties directly related to field work, including data entry into MS Excel spreadsheets and Access database, conducting nesting seabird counts on aerial photographs using GIS software.
• Assist the Refuge’s Friends Group, Shoreline Education for Awareness, and the Refuge with the development of outreach programs and special events that focus on teaching people of all ages about wildlife conservation.
• Course work related to obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent, in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental science, or related field.
• Demonstrated proficiency at identifying birds of the Pacific Northwest in the field by sight and sound, such as experience conducting point counts.
• Ability to walk for hours while wearing chest waders over uneven and muddy ground while diligently collecting scientific observations.
• A cooperative manner and the ability to work as part of a team and independently.
• U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
• Possession of a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
• Broad interests in field ecology and natural history.
• Comfortable doing repetitive field work in adverse weather conditions including incessant rain and biting wind.
• Familiarity with terrestrial and estuarine ecosystems.
• Good written and oral communication skills.
Intern Benefits Include:
• A taxable, monthly living allowance of $1,200.
• Upon successful completion of the term of service, an award of $1,200.
• Professional development, training, and networking opportunities.
• Free housing at Siletz Bay bunkhouse including utilities. Intern will have private bedroom, with ample shared kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and living space, wi-fi, and TV with DVD player (no cable). Sorry, no pets allowed.
• Opportunity to conduct independent study project on the Refuge.
• Government vehicle is available for official work duties only.
• Intern is responsible for personal transportation needs
Questions about the position? Contact:
Shawn W. Stephensen
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365
Send letter of interest, resume (email with attachments preferred), and contact information for three references to Shawn W. Stephensen by February 29, 2016. Indicate your birding skill level and experience, and address the other requirements and qualifications listed above.