Written by Environment for the Americas
The 2013 Celebrate Shorebird program is winding down and we are currently recruiting for the Cordova, Alaska site. Please spread the word about this incredible opportunity!
Position Title: Wildlife Research & Community Education Internship
Position Location: US Forest Service, Cordova Ranger District, 612 Second Street, Cordova, Alaska.
Deadline to Apply: November 20, 2013 (Applications reviewed on a rolling basis)
Start Date: Feb 2014
End Date: July 31, 2014
Environment for the Americas and the US Forest Service invite you to apply for our internship opportunity on the Cordova Ranger District of the Chugach National Forest in Cordova, Alaska.
Internship work will focus on migratory/nesting bird projects, citizen science and public outreach; however you will be provided with opportunities to experience other wildlife conservation jobs during the internship. You will assist in a variety of shorebird work as well as participate in other wildlife related fieldwork. The intern will develop and present bilingual (English/Spanish) public presentations, work onsite with educators as part of our environmental education and interpretative programs, develop and implement an outreach program into the local Spanish-speaking communities and visitors and help with the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival.
Knowledge of bird conservation not needed, but a willingness to learn is required and an enthusiasm for interacting with the public and children is encouraged. You will receive all necessary professional training and will gain real life job experience working alongside our wildlife staff and environmental education specialists. This is a great opportunity for career shadowing and hands-on experience in the fields of wildlife biology and environmental education.
Wildlife fieldwork in Alaska is conducted in rain and cold temperatures (and sometimes sunny days). This work is rewarding but is also physically challenging as many key wetland field sites are far from the road system. Travel in Alaska is conducted by motorized and non-motorized boats in many places and may even involve travel in a small plane. It will be the adventure of a lifetime!
Intern responsibilities include
Participate in wildlife fieldwork on the Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound involving physically demanding tasks such as using tools to create bird habitats and invasive plants removal. These tasks require walking all day, carrying heavy packs, and canoeing.
Conduct migratory shorebird surveys and data entry.
Assist in the development and implementation of outreach programs engaging communities in order to promote bird conservation.
Promote educational programs with local and national English and Spanish-language media.
Facilitating educator-led field trips for K-6 grades, provide educator support, assist with educator trainings, and provide program support and maintenance
Assist with our Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival.
Present onsite and offsite public presentation to promote shorebird conservation messages.
Fluency in both English and Spanish.
Good cross-cultural communication skills, experience with public speaking, and ability to work with leaders, educators, and other community members in towns near the refuge.
Ability to work with youth and adults in field education and classroom programs.
Current Driver’s license.
Preferred Educational Background
Completion of college course in environmental studies, education, biology, or other related field.
The ideal candidate will have a high level of cultural competency necessary to work with diverse communities.
Compensation: $1000/month stipend. Housing is provided as part of the compensation for the internship. Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.
Application Process: Fill out an online application at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AlaskaInternship2014
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.
Please note: Grant requires interns to be between the ages of 18-25 of Latino/Hispanic descent. It is mandatory for the intern to attend the conservation training that is scheduled to take place in California in February 2014. All expenses are covered.
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