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Job Title: Field Intern for Wildlife Surveys

Job Base Location: Topsham, Maine (five positions in Maine)

Part-time or Full-time: Full time/Seasonal

Date Posted: March 3, 2014

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Julie Eubanks in the EES office via FirstClass by Monday March 24, 2014.

The primary responsibility of the field intern will be to conduct wildlife surveys at an operational wind project in Maine.  The position requires searches for injured or dead birds and bats under operational wind turbines, documentation of carcass information, documentation of observations of wildlife, and other related tasks.  Keen observation skills and a willingness to work in remote locations are required, and bird and bat identification skills are preferred.  This position works both independently and as part of a larger survey team.  The field intern will be based in the vicinity of an operational wind project and will maintain regular communication with the Project Manager in the Topsham, Maine office.  After the field season, the intern will work 1 day a week in Topsham for data entry and summary. 

Minimum Qualifications:
Successful candidates should be attending courses in biology, ecology, or related fields, and have a strong interest in wildlife biology.  Superb observation skills are highly valued, as are a strong interest in the natural world, comfort with computers and technology, a willingness to learn new skills while conducting fieldwork in rural or wilderness settings, flexibility in undertaking work assignments, a strong work ethic, excellent communication skills, ability to follow directions, and a positive attitude.  Bird and bat identification skills, particularly of raptor species, are preferred.  Willingness to travel and work independently for long hours in the field is necessary.  Candidates should be in good physical condition and should have a reliable personal vehicle, their own boots, camera, binoculars, and bird identification guides. Preference will be given to students with Junior or Senior standing and a GPA of 3.2 or above.

EES Course Credits: 
EES students will be able to earn up to 8 credits for the Fall semester by registering for EES 396 and an additional number of summer credits  to be determined by  the EES Director. These internships are available to students with Junior or Senior standing and may replace the capstone experience for Seniors.

Compensation and Further Information:
Interns will be paid $9 per hour with a scholarship of $1,500 upon successful completion of the internship in the fall. During the field portion, interns will be reimbursed for food and mileage.

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