The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.
The Audubon Mid-Atlantic Coastal Bird Conservation Intern will learn about and gain experience in the bird conservation field by working with USFWS staff and Audubon staff on research monitoring and conservation management duties in salt marsh and beach habitats. Monitoring activities will include surveys of marshbirds, migratory shorebirds, horseshoe crabs, beach-nesting birds, and also measurements of vegetation and other habitat characteristics. Conservation management activities will include the stewardship of beach-nesting Piping Plovers and migratory shorebirds, including Red Knot. The intern will also assist with public outreach programs.
Reporting to Audubon Mid-Atlantic’s Director of Bird Conservation, the intern will work on a daily basis with USFWS staff both at Bombay Hook and Prime Hook NWRs and at restoration project sites nearby. The intern will also work with Audubon staff at marsh restoration project sites off the refuge. This position is an exciting opportunity to enrich a career in conservation by helping with hands-on methods used to monitor and manage birds and their habitats while developing skills needed for a career in the environmental and scientific fields. Audubon Mid-Atlantic’s Director of Bird Conservation will coordinate closely with USFWS staff at the refuges to ensure a successful work experience.
This is a temporary internship position that will begin approximately May 9th, 2022, and last for a 3-month period to July 31st, with the possibility of extension to October 31st. Flexible start dates will be considered for enthusiastic candidates with strong interest. The position will be based at Bombay Hook NWR with frequent trips to other field locations. Housing will not be provided, so the intern will need to travel from home to the refuge on a daily basis. Deadline for applications will be April 22, 2022.
At the end of the internship, the intern will have learned about several different techniques for studying birds and bird habitat and will gain valuable experience if they choose to pursue a career in the conservation field. Experience gained will include: working in the field, a variety of bird survey methods and horseshoe crab monitoring methods, salt marsh vegetation survey methods, Mid-Atlantic bird identification, data collection and entry, and communicating to a general audience.
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