Bird Survey Intern (Local Candidates Preferred) (PO-00735106)

Spend your spring and summer in Maryland, playing a vital role at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as a Bird Survey Intern. You would perform crucial tasks in support of our mission.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Survey forest bird species by call (some training provided), 70%;
  • Conduct weekly checks and maintenance of nest boxes, recording 10%;Species usage and banding fledgling birds, 10%.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct habitat management for state-listed species, 10%;
  • Assist with bat acoustical surveys, 10%.

Education Opportunities:
Training for all projects will be provided in-house.  Emergent educational opportunities would be granted as appropriate to the position and as the internship workload allows.

Local candidates are preferred due to lack of housing; however, non-local candidates will be considered if they can find their own housing. A housing allowance is provided.

Ideal candidate has the ability to work with minimal supervision in areas with poisonous plants and animals, allergens, temperature extremes, and inclement weather, Minimum of 2 years of college in the area related to ornithology, wildlife management/biology, natural resources or other biological sciences; experience in habitat survey; and experience with bird identification (sight and/or sound).

A Monday-Friday, 40 hour/week schedule is expected.  Some evening and night work will be necessary to document bird and bat species.


  • One-time travel allowance: $1100*
  • Weekly living allowance: $350*
  • Eligible for a 450-hour AmeriCorps education award worth $1,718.25*

*Subject to local, state, and federal taxes.

Position ID: PO-00735106

Expected Dates: May 1, 2023 - August 18, 2023

Training Provided: Bird identification; bird banding techniques; GPS usage; airfield driving; opportunity for access to no-cost natural resources training as it becomes available and does not conflict with field schedule.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Emergent educational opportunities may be made available dependent on internship workload and project applicability.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Wildlife Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Car is recommended for commuting and access to field locations when government vehicles are not available.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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