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Conservation Internship In Waterbird Monitoring

Conservation Internship In Waterbird Monitoring

The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies seeks an Intern to contribute to regional conservation efforts through waterbird monitoring, community outreach, and education. Prescott College is a private liberal arts institution of higher learning in Arizona offering B.A., B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies is a Mexican NGO and serves as Prescott College’s field station on the central shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. The Center’s mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.

The Waterbird Monitoring Program monitors migratory and resident waterbirds in an assortment of habitats ranging from rocky islands to muddy estuaries in the Gulf of California, one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world. A great diversity of waterbirds uses abundant food resources in the region to complete their long migrations, nesting and wintering periods. Projects include multispecies waterbird censuses in coastal wetlands, nest monitoring, productivity studies, and pelagic seabird monitoring. Focal species include ~20 species of waterbirds including wading birds, shorebirds, pelicans, murrelets and gulls.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participation in all aspects of the Waterbird Monitoring Program (80%)
  • Collaborate with fellows, students, researchers, local indigenous groups and community members to assist in all aspects of each project (e.g. field data collection, data entry, analysis, and synthesis)
  • Participate actively in all field monitoring, data entry, and monthly reporting
  • Assist in the analysis of long-term datasets and prepare reports and manuscripts for publication
  • Participate in university class activities related to natural history and waterbirds
  • Contribution to media and communication, education and general activities of the Center (20%)
  • Assist with social media
  • Support university classes
  • Lend general support to logistics
  • Get involved in events, outreach, and collaboration with other programs at the Center including the Environmental Education, Marine Mammal, Wetland Conservation and Indigenous Community Partnership programs
  • Contribute to the Center´s vision of modeling multi-cultural and co-creative collaborations

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Strong interest in and commitment to the Center’s mission and vision and to bird conservation
  • Ability to collect data accurately in hard conditions (desert sun, high heat, biting insects)
  • Experience entering and maintaining data in Excel
  • Basic Spanish speaking required
  • Strong writing and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience in multi-cultural situations
  • Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving skills in a variety of conditions
  • Ability to be self-directed/motivated as well as work as a team member and during irregular hours
  • Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to create a functional and positive field station atmosphere

Fellowship term is January 6, 2020 – July 31, 2020. A living stipend, project expenses, and housing will be provided. Please, direct inquiries and applications to Jaime Martinez (Jaime.martinez@prescott.edu) and Lorayne Meltzer (lmeltzer@prescott.edu). Applications are due on December 6th. To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references, and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills (see above).