Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a non-profit organization providing environmental programs that foster greater awareness and understanding of the natural environment for school children, adults, and families.
The Resident Bird Project is a 12-month position. The spring & summer the intern will work closely with the avian ecology intern on two main areas of research: monitoring breeding birds and forest habitat changes associated with forest management. The long-term breeding bird survey was initiated in 2007 to inventory all species using the 140-acre sanctuary during April-July while also training young professionals in habitat protection. Weekly visits to 37 permanent study plots generate information about population trends that only long-term studies can provide. In addition, nest searching and a banding station will be established to track movement/behavior of returning migrants. The intern will work with volunteers and staff to collect/analyze data and report results. The ecological monitoring of timberlands is part of Tin Mountain’s sustainability principles for managing its 1,200 acres of timberlands in Conway. The intern will sample and compare a varying age cuts, as well as control (uncut) stands of to determine whether important forest structures (both qualitatively and quantitatively) are retained to adequately provide for resident wildlife.
During the fall and winter months, the the Resident Bird Study focuses on examining the annual cycle for black-capped chickadees, red-breasted nuthatches, white-breasted nuthatches, and tufted titmice, the study involves banding birds/nestlings, re-sighting birds, point counts, nest box grid survey, and nest searching. Prior bird handling and experience with GIS/GPS and some statistics preferred.
The resident bird internship is a 12-month position, beginning in mid-April 2020. Compensation is $1,200/month plus housing.
Interested applicants should email a resume and cover letter, including dates of availability, to Nora Dufilho (firstname.lastname@example.org