Cottontail Survey Intern

Expected Dates
January 7, 2020 to March 29, 2020
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Position ID
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is looking for a field intern to conduct surveys for the New England cottontail rabbit (NEC), a State Endangered species. Surveys include walking through suitable habitat (thickets of shrubs and young trees) searching for tracks and pellets (which are collected for genetic analysis), collecting data on habitat and tracking conditions, and accurately filling out datasheets. Other duties may involve contacting landowners to request permission for surveys on their property, data entry, updating GIS layers, and possibly others as assigned. Successful applicants must be enthusiastic and capable of  working outside during adverse weather conditions (i.e., cold, wind, and snow) and spending the majority of their time surveying through thick vegetation. The applicant must be willing to work a flexible schedule. The work schedule will generally be 8 hours per day Monday-Friday. However, surveys can’t be conducted within 2 days of snowfall, which may cause variation in the work schedule. Some work (e.g., data entry and accuracy checks) is available on snow days, but when snowfall occurs during the week, it may be necessary to work weekends and/or longer days to offset the loss of survey time. The successful applicant will have good communication skills, ability to work with minimal supervision, and be detail oriented.

The intern in this position must enroll in the AmeriCorps Education Award program.

  • York and Cumberland counties, Maine
  • Training will include snow tracking identification, GPS use, ArcGIS Online, and the ArcGIS collector and Survey123 data collection apps. If the need arises for participation in other projects, appropriate training will be provided.
  • Locally, there’s hiking trails, and the location is within a few hours drive of ski resorts and metropolitan areas (e.g., Portland and Boston).
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience
competent without supervision
Orienteering compass skills
competent without supervision