Waterbird Internship at the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking a full-time

intern to assist with waterbird field studies.  The internship will begin

in May 2017 with a 12-month commitment.  The internship will be based in

Milpitas, CA.  The intern will receive training and mentorship from SFBBO

staff and will develop their skills in waterbird survey techniques and data

management. The intern will be assisting with surveys at managed ponds in

support of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (

www.southbayrestoration.org). The intern will also assist with SFBBO=E2=80=99s

California Gull Research and Monitoring and Avian Disease Prevention

programs. (www.sfbbo.org/science/index.php).

*Key Responsibilities:*

=C2=B7         Conduct waterbird surveys and water quality sampling at South Bay


=C2=B7         Conduct gull counts and behavioral survey at local landfills

=C2=B7         Assist with surveys to collect dead, diseased, and injured birds

in South Bay sloughs as part of an effort to prevent avian botulism


=C2=B7         Work with SFBBO staff, partner agencies, and volunteers to

coordinate field work

=C2=B7         Enter, proof, and manage data collected

=C2=B7         Assist with equipment maintenance and other SFBBO projects as


*Required Qualifications:*

=C2=B7         Coursework toward a degree in biology, ecology, or related field

=C2=B7         Familiarity with waterbird species of the San Francisco Bay

(including shorebirds, waterfowl and gulls)

=C2=B7         Good physical condition and enthusiasm for long days in the field

=C2=B7         Willingness to tolerate harsh field conditions (mud, sun, dust,

salt spray)

=C2=B7         Willingness to work irregular hours including early mornings,

evenings and some weekends

=C2=B7         Strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail

=C2=B7         Valid driver=E2=80=99s license, clean driving record, and reliable

personal vehicle

=C2=B7         Ability to navigate and orient using maps

=C2=B7         Ability to work independently and as part of a team

=C2=B7         Effective oral and written communication skills

*Preferred Qualifications:*

=C2=B7         Recently completed BA/BS in biology, ecology, or related field

=C2=B7         Excellent waterbird identification skills

=C2=B7         Off-road driving experience (SFBBO truck provided for off-road


=C2=B7         Solid computer skills, including working knowledge of MS Access

and Excel

=C2=B7         Experience conducting field work in the San Francisco Bay

*Compensation:   *Applicants should be students or recent graduates (within

the last year) with a degree in wildlife biology, environmental science or

a related field.  This is a full-time internship position.  A stipend of

$125/week will be provided.  Shared housing is available at the Don Edwards

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont, CA.  An SFBBO

vehicle or reimbursement for use of a personal vehicle will be available

for pre-approved, work-related travel.  SFBBO will also provide most field

gear, including a spotting scope.

*To Apply: *Please e-mail the following materials to Max Tarjan,

mtarjan@sfbbo.org:  1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) list of three

references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers).  *Include all

materials in one Word or PDF file, and include your last name in the file

name.* Include =E2=80=9CWaterbird Internship=E2=80=9D in the e-mail subject. The deadline

for applications is March 31st.  SFBBO is an EOE.