Waterbird Internship at San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking an intern to assist with waterbird field studies.  The internship will begin September 1, 2017 with a commitment through March 30, 2018 (7 months).  The time commitment will be 25-40 hours per week.  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). He/she will also assist with SFBBO=92s California Gull Research and Monitoring and Avian Disease Prevention programs. (www.sfbbo.org/science/index.php).

Key Responsibilities:

=95=09Conduct waterbird surveys and water quality sampling at South Bay salt evaporation ponds =95=09Conduct censuses of large gull colonies and behavioral surveys at landfills

=95=09Assist with surveys to collect dead, diseased, and injured birds in South Bay sloughs as part of an effort to prevent avian botulism outbreaks

=95=09Work with SFBBO staff, partner agencies, and volunteers to coordinate field work

=95=09Enter, proof, and manage data collected

=95=09Assist with equipment maintenance and other SFBBO projects as assigned

Required Qualifications:

=95=09Coursework toward a degree in biology, ecology, or related field

=95=09Familiarity with waterbird species of the San Francisco Bay (including shorebirds, waterfowl and gulls)

=95=09Good physical condition and enthusiasm for long days in the field

=95=09Willingness to tolerate harsh field conditions (mud, sun, dust, salt spray)

=95=09Willingness to work irregular hours including early mornings, evenings and some weekends

=95=09Strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail

=95=09Valid driver=92s license, clean driving record, and reliable personal vehicle

=95=09Ability to navigate and orient using maps =95=09Ability to work independently and as part of a team

=95=09Effective oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

=95=09Recently completed BA/BS in biology, ecology, or related field

=95=09Excellent waterbird identification skills

=95=09Off-road driving experience (SFBBO truck provided for off-road driving)

=95=09Solid computer skills, including working knowledge of MS Access and Excel

=95=09Experience 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.  A stipend of $125/week will be provided.  Shared housing is not available.  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 Dr. 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 =93Waterbird Internship=94 in the e-mail subject.  The deadline for applications is August 11, 2017.  SFBBO is an EOE.=20=20