Ocean Internship: SCCF Shorebird Intern

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is seeking one intern to assist the Coastal Wildlife Department’s shorebird monitoring program from mid-March through early September 2023 (Start and end dates are flexible).

Duties: Assisting the shorebird team with monitoring of beach-nesting birds including but not limited to: snowy plovers, least terns, and Wilson’s plovers. Nest searching, setting up nest area enclosures, interacting with the public, communicating with our team of volunteers, and data entry. Interns also assist with other departmental projects as needed, including but not limited to: bald eagle nest monitoring, swallow-tailed kite nest monitoring, and monofilament collection and recycling.

Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree (or working towards one) in wildlife biology, environmental science, or closely related field
    • Willingness to work irregular hours (including weekend hours)
    • Ability and desire to work outdoors in adverse conditions (intense heat, biting insects, etc.)
    • Ability and desire to interact with the public
    • Ability to collect accurate data and enter into Microsoft access and excel databases
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects (up to 40 pounds)
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license
    • Willingness to learn and assist with other projects as needed

Desired Qualifications:

      • Previous field experience with ground-nesting birds/nest searching
      • Ability to identify and re-sight banded birds
      • Experience with GPS and GIS
      • Bird identification skills
      • Experience with public outreach and environmental education
      • Compensation: $440/week stipend and reimbursement for tolls. Housing not provided.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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