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Avian Ecology Program

Posted on: 01/28/2019

Summary / Description

The Beach-Nesting Bird Internship is a part-time position at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) in Naples, FL. The objective of this program is to collect nesting and productivity data for wading birds, seabirds, shorebirds that nest in Collier County. The intern will assist Rookery Bay and Audubon Florida staff and volunteers to count adults, nests and chicks; maintain posted colony areas; record disturbance events at nesting colonies; manage field data sheets; and input data into the Florida Shorebird Database (completion of online training required). The intern will report to the Research Coordinator at RBNERR.

Skills Required

The intern will work with the avian research team based at RBNERR to coordinate monitoring efforts and data collection and management. The intern will be required to follow a set work schedule, be prepared to begin work as early as 7am, be available to work weekends, arrive to work on time, and complete all assigned tasks in a reasonable amount of time. The intern must be prepared for work that involves being on a kayak while in the presence of alligators, or boat for extended periods and exposed to hot weather, bugs, and intense sun. The intern must be able to get on and off the boat and walk up to 5 miles on the beach carrying field equipment. The intern will be required to conduct safe field practices at all times.

Preferred skills: Ability to identify wading birds, seabird, and shorebirds in the field; ability to use binoculars and spotting scope: computer experience (Microsoft Office, Access Database, email, etc.); ability to follow detailed field protocols; ability to manage time appropriately; and ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Naples, FL

Other Information

Intern Supervisor:
Brita Jessen
Number of Slots Available:
Is free housing available:
Can international students be placed:


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