Monomoy NWR, Chatham, MA
Internships are 13 to 15 weeks beginning between 27 April and 11 May (absolute latest start date).
Duties include but are not limited to: monitoring daily productivity from laying to fledging of common and roseate terns; conducting daily observational stints and weather observations; trapping and banding terns; lethal and non-lethal predator management (mammalian and avian); tagging horseshoe crabs; erecting piping plover predator exclosures and electric fencing; organized data keeping and entry; general maintenance; and educating the public. Responsibilities may vary due to the strengths of individuals. Stipend will fall between $100 and $215.60 per week. Pay will be based on yet-to-be-determined annual funding appropriations for 2014 and experience of the individual. The position includes free housing. Interns will spend time alternating between two remote field camps on South Monomoy during the work week and will have free dormitory style housing at the Refuge headquarters in Chatham, MA on their days off. There is no heat, electricity, or running water in field camp. Internships are 13 to 15 weeks beginning between 27 April and 11 May (absolute latest start date). The position involves working long hours, nights, weekends, and holidays. Schedules may exceed 40 hours per week and will vary frequently in the length of day and start time. Days off may not be consecutive.
Closing date is February 15, 2014, however, hiring WILL begin before the closing date, so applying earlier is strongly recommended. To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references (must include email and phone number for each reference listed) by email (EM: Kate_Iaquinto@fws.gov). DO NOT send applications by mail.
Applicants must have the ability to perform the physical duties of the position including being able to hike long distances (extensive beach walking) and being able to lift and carry at least 50 pounds. Applicants must be able to work with minimal supervision, be very independent and easy-going, and be able to work with the public of all ages in a professional manner regarding sensitive conservation issues. Previous experience with beach nesting birds, field work in a field camp setting, data collection, bird identification, and an academic background in wildlife biology, zoology, environmental science or a related field are preferred. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, a social security number, and a bank account located in the United States. A background check will be required to gain necessary computer access at the Refuge.