Four Internships to Help Migratory and Endangered Birds

Nest Monitoring with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

There’s no question that birds in every habitat need our attention. It’s estimated that one-third of all North American bird species require urgent conservation action. As a result, biologists are busy gathering data to better understand what can be done to stop the decline.

From the federally endangered Hawaiian petrel to migratory American oystercatchers, SCA has rare opportunities to work closely with migratory and endangered species. Even if ornithology isn’t your career focus, the experience monitoring will be useful along your path with wildlife, biology, and conservation. Take a look at the internships we have open now!

1. Shorebird Intern

June 4, 2018 to September 29, 2018

Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The focus of this internship is monitoring populations of nesting shorebirds, including the federally threatened piping plover, least tern, and American oystercatcher. You’d conduct nest searches, behavioral observations, daily nest and brood monitoring, predator monitoring, invasive species control, and public outreach. Apply now.

2. Wildlife Management Intern

August 20, 2018 to November 25, 2018

Haleakala National Park

Want a more physically demanding assignment? This opportunity in Hawaii includes solo hiking and backpacking over rugged, steep volcanic terrain at high elevations (6,000-10,000 ft.) in harsh weather conditions and includes 3-4 day backcountry trips. With all your hard work, you’ll get to protect and monitor endangered birds—the Hawaiian Petrel and Hawaiian Goose—for nesting activity and production of young. Apply now.

3. Piping Plover Technician

May 29, 2018 to August 18, 2018

Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge

You’ll assist wildlife biologists with monitoring and management actions to recover the threatened Northern Great Plains piping plover population. That includes a comprehensive census of breeding adult plovers, monitoring nest success and chick survival of identified pairs, and re-sighting color-banding plover chicks and adults. Apply now.

4. Birding Intern

May 29, 2018 to August 25, 2018

Petersburg National Battlefield

Are you familiar with birds of the Eastern United States? You might be eligible to participate in the park’s Breeding Bird Monitoring Program. You’d conduct surveys and record general information. This intern would also be responsible for reaching out to the Ornithology community to find potential volunteers to continue the annual surveys. Apply now.