[MARMAM] PRBO Conservation Science Winter Farallon Program 2012-2013
berger8ry at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 27 10:17:31 PDT 2012
THIS IS A VOLUNTEER POSITION. AS A
REQUIREMENT YOU MUST HAVE PRIOR FIELD EXPERIENCE WITH MARINE MAMMALS. IF YOU DO
NOT PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.
PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO; formerly
Point Reyes Bird Observatory) of Petaluma, CA is seeking applications for 3
intern positions for our Farallon Islands Program. PRBO is an independent,
scientific research non-profit whose mission is to conserve wildlife and
ecosystems through innovative scientific research and outreach. Under
co-operative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), PRBO
has conducted continuous research and stewardship of the unique natural
resources of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge since 1968.
Islands are just a few miles from the
continental shelf and lie in the rich coastal upwelling region of Central California. The islands host globally significant
breeding seabird populations (over 300,000 individuals of 13 species), are a
major haul out and breeding site for 5 species of pinnipeds, and a key feeding
site for White Sharks. The islands also host a variety of migrant landbirds and
an endemic salamander population.
PRBO is seeking interns to assist with its
winter activities on the Farallones. Research during this period focuses
primarily on breeding elephant seals, but there are a variety of other
biological studies conducted. Accommodations are in restored lighthouse
keeper’s housing, with a fully equipped field station to accommodate year-round
On Island Work Duties
The field season is early December to mid
March on Southeast Farallon Island, a rugged 120-acre island National Wildlife
Refuge 28 miles offshore from San Francisco, California. Responsibilities
include: continuing the long term demographic studies of northern elephant
seals (Mirounga angustirostris) which includes tag resighting of
breeding animals (subadult/adult males and females), pelage dye marking of
individuals, flipper tag application of animals and weaned pup restraint for
tag application and measurements; conducting surveys for arboreal salamanders (Aneides
lugubris farallonensis), birds, other pinnipeds and cetaceans. There is
also opportunities to aid in burrowing owl surveys, removal of invasive plant
species, Cassin Auklet breeding box checks, Common Murre band resighting and
assist with routine maintenance of island equipment. Interns will also aid in
standardized data collection, entry, and proofing, and management of long term datasets (Access, Excel,
Photo-ID, paper filing).
Applicants must be able to live and work effectively
in a remote setting with a small crew under potentially difficult weather
conditions for an extended field season (approximately 3 months without leaving
the island). On island work is conducted 7 days a week throughout the entire
field season, often for extended hours with no time off. Interns are expected
to participate in cleaning and maintaining housing facilities as well as
rotating cooking duties for dinner each evening (kitchen is equipped with full
cooking utensils and food).
Video of winter season: http://openroad.tv/video.php?vid=37
(copy and paste into url)
Blog of biologist’s work on
island and video link on left: http://losfarallones.blogspot.com/
Live webcam of islands: http://www.calacademy.org/webcams/farallones/
Overview of all research
projects on island through PRBO: http://www.prbo.org/cms/157#Projects
This is a volunteer position
and no compensation will be awarded. PRBO does not pay for travel costs to San
Francisco/Petaluma, CA where interns will meet to make the trip to the island.
However, once on the island all food and housing costs will be provided.
Reliable phone and internet services are available.
Start – End Date
Early December to early or middle of March. There may
be an opportunity for a 2 week break during the mid to latter part of the
Send a cover letter, CV, and
list of 3-5 references to Ryan Berger, Farallon Program Biologist: rberger at
3820 Cypress Drive
rberger at prbo.org
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