Internship -- Bird biology on Point Reyes, California

PRBO Conservation Science
Submission Settings: 
Open until filled
Submission Deadline: 
May 1 2009


One full-time intern is needed from early/mid May through July at PRBO's Palomarin Field Station on the Marin

County coast, north of San Francisco, for a special project working with a graduate student. Fieldwork involves searching for Song Sparrow nests, identifying color-banded Song Sparrows, territory mapping, habitat assessment, and radio telemetry in coastal scrub habitat, plus data entry requirements. Exposure to poison oak is unavoidable. The intern will learn a number of field biology skills, and about various aspects of avian ecology (both hands-on and via scientific literature). Experience with bird identification, nest searching, radio telemetry, or GIS is
helpful but not required. The most important qualifications are: self-motivation, the ability to spend long hours in the field observing birds, and the ability to work independently as well as in groups. A functioning pair of binoculars, a strong interest in birds and bird behavior, and a sense of humor are required. Shared on-site housing is provided (and requires shared responsibility for maintaining clean living areas). This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($700 per month, gross). Email a letter of interest describing previous experience with field research, specific dates of availability, a resume, and contact information (phone and email) for three references to KRISTEN DYBALA,