Wildlife Intern - Allens Pond

Location: South Dartmouth, MA
Sanctuary: Allens Pond

The Wildlife Intern will work closely (May-August) with Sanctuary staff and volunteers in Dartmouth, MA and nearby locations. The 695 acre Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses a barrier beach, a coastal salt pond, grasslands, shrub lands, and forested uplands at a rural location in southeastern Massachusetts. The internship will consist largely of wildlife fieldwork, data management, working as part of a team and communication with the public.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include learning to identify grassland birds by sight and sound, conducting breeding bird surveys, surveying nesting sites for breeding coastal waterbirds, monitoring nest boxes across the Sanctuary, visiting local barn swallow nest sites, measuring water quality in Allens Pond, conducting rare turtle searches, entering field data, participation in volunteer work days, assisting with public programs and participation in the year-end festival. Intern will be responsible for developing an individual project to be displayed at the end of their service. As a member of a team, some office support, custodial, and animal care tasks will be shared. Students seeking an opportunity to develop an independent project are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications

  • Individuals with a background in wildlife biology, ornithology, botany, environmental studies, or related field preferred
  • Applicants must be able to move materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, walk long distances over rough terrain, and spend long days in the field regardless of weather conditions 
  • Requirements include strong interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate well with others; flexibility; self-motivation
  • Intern should be comfortable working independently as well as part of the Sanctuary team
  • Ability to move materials and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Walk long distances over rough terrain, and spend long days in the field regardless of weather conditions. 
  • Intern should be comfortable working independently as well as part of the Sanctuary team. 
  • Access to reliable means of transportation to travel between field sites and a valid driver’s license;
  • Must pass a background records check (CORI, SORI and driver's)

The internship start/end dates are flexible beginning in May/June and running steadily into August; commitment of approximately 4-5 days/week including weekends is required. Interns must have access to reliable means of transportation to travel between field sites.

Compensation and Benefits

This is an unpaid internship. Opportunities may be available to receive school credit.  No housing provided.

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter, resume and names of three references to:

Lauren Miller-Donnelly - Property Manager

Mass Audubon South Coast Sanctuaries, 1280 Horseneck Road, Westport, MA  02790

Job# 2451

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