INTERNATIONAL SEABIRD RESTORATION INTERNSHIPS IN MAINE
National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program (SRP) operates seven field stations on key seabird nesting islands on the Maine coast. Click here for a map and details about each research island field station. International internships are co-sponsored with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
The Research Assistant (RA) internship begins with a three day training program led by Audubon biologists and others (see below). Following the training program, RAs begin work at one of the field stations under the supervision of a resident island supervisor who is a graduate student or experienced field biologist. The RAs collect data following work plans and receive daily assignments made by the island supervisor. RAs are involved in all aspects of island life including data collection from observation blinds, banding, data base entry, public education and warden responsibilities (where appropriate), and island maintenance projects. RAs usually stay at an island a minimum of 3 weeks before transferring to a different island. Over the course of the summer, RAs usually work on at least two or three islands to receive varied experience with diverse seabird communities.
Depending on the interest of the participants, the internship can also include experience with seabird public outreach initiatives. SRP operates a public visitor center, resident courses in seabird conservation for adults and teens, school outreach programs and public boat tours to seabird islands.
Responsibilities: Participation in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring and management. Click here for details about data collection on Seabird Restoration islands.
Season: Internships begin approx. May 25th and end on August 14th.
Qualifications: Applicants should hold a B.S. or equivalent degree in natural resources, conservation biology, wildlife management or a related field experience. Employment with a conservation agency or NGO is preferred, though not required. RAs must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.). Wilderness camping experience and dedication to wildlife conservation are essential.
Compensation: Travel from home country to Maine, camping equipment, room, board, meals and transportation to islands. The fee of $6,000 is usually provided by cooperating agencies or employers as a grant to National Audubon Society.
Faculty: Instruction is provided primarily by Don Lyons, Paula Shannon; guest faculty, and island supervisors. For further information on these staff members, visit our staff web site page.