Ryan Berger | 6 Aug 15:40 2013

Point Blue Conservation Science Winter Farallon Program 2013-2014

Volunteer Internship Announcement: Point Blue Conservation Science Winter Farallon Program 2013-2014

THIS IS A VOLUNTEER POSITION. AS A REQUIREMENT YOU MUST HAVE PRIOR FIELD EXPERIENCE WITH MARINE MAMMALS. IF YOU DO NOT PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.

Overview

Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO Conservation Science and Point Reyes Bird Observatory) of Petaluma, CA is seeking applications for 3 intern positions for our Farallon Islands Program. Point Blue is an independent, scientific research non-profit whose mission is to conserve wildlife and ecosystems through innovative scientific research and outreach. Under co-operative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Point Blue has conducted continuous research and stewardship of the unique natural resources of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge since 1968.

The Farallon Islands are just a few miles from the continental shelf and lie in the rich coastal upwelling region of Central California. The islands host globally significant breeding seabird populations (over 300,000 individuals of 13 species), are a major haul out and breeding site for 5 species of pinnipeds, and a key feeding site for White Sharks. The islands also host a variety of migrant landbirds and an endemic salamander and cricket population.

Point Blue is seeking interns to assist with its winter activities on the Farallones. Research during this period focuses primarily on breeding elephant seals, but there are a variety of other biological studies conducted. Accommodations are in restored lighthouse keeper’s housing, with a fully equipped field station to accommodate year-round occupancy.

On Island Work Duties

The field season is early December to mid March on Southeast Farallon Island, a rugged 120-acre island National Wildlife Refuge 30 miles offshore from San Francisco, California. Responsibilities include: continuing the long term demographic studies of northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) which includes tag resighting of breeding animals (adult males and females), pelage dye marking of individuals, flipper tag application of animals and weaned pup restraint for tag application; conducting surveys for arboreal salamanders (Aneides lugubris farallonensis), Farallon camel cricket (Farallonophilus cavernicolus), birds, other pinnipeds and cetaceans. There is also opportunities to aid in burrowing owl surveys, removal of invasive plant species, Cassin Auklet breeding box checks, Common Murre band resighting and assist with routine maintenance of island equipment. Interns will also aid in standardized data collection, entry, and proofing, and management of long term datasets (Access, Excel and other Microsoft programs, Photo-ID, paper filing).

Applicants must be able to live and work effectively in a remote setting with a small crew under potentially difficult weather conditions for an extended field season (approximately 3 months without leaving the island). On island work is conducted 7 days a week throughout the entire field season, often for extended hours with no time off. Interns are expected to participate in cleaning and maintaining housing facilities as well as rotating cooking duties for dinner each evening (kitchen is equipped with full cooking utensils and food).

Online media

Video of winter season: http://openroad.tv/video.php?vid=37 (copy and paste into url)

Blog of biologist’s work on island and video link on left: http://losfarallones.blogspot.com/

Live webcam of islands: http://www.calacademy.org/webcams/farallones/

Overview of all research projects on island through PRBO: http://www.prbo.org/cms/157#Projects

Compensation

This is a volunteer position and no compensation will be awarded. Point Blue does not pay for travel costs to San Francisco/Petaluma, CA where interns will meet to make the trip to the island. However, once on the island all food and housing costs will be provided. Reliable phone and internet services are available.

Start – End Date

Early December to early or middle of March.

Application

Send a cover letter, CV, and list of 3-5 references to Ryan Berger, Farallon Program Biologist: rberger at prbo.org.

 

Interview process will begin the last week in September for top candidates. Position selections will be made by the first week in October.

 

 

Ryan Berger, M. Sc., Farallon Program Biologist

Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO)

3820 Cypress Drive, Suite 11, Petaluma, CA 94954

707-781-2555

Fax: 707-765-1685

www.pointblue.org  | Follow Point Blue on Facebook!

Point Blue—Conservation science for a healthy planet.

 

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