Shorebird Conservation Internship Opening in Los Angeles, CA!

Students coloring bird life cycle flip book

Black-bellied Plover in breeding plumage.

Black-bellied Plover in breeding plumage.

Thousands of murres on water after eagle disturbance cleared off more than 50% off the rock

Thousands of murres on water after eagle disturbance cleared off more than 50% off the rock

Environment for the Americas and Los Angeles Audubon invite you to apply for our internship opportunity that spans both Baldwin Hills parkland in urban Los Angeles and sandy beach habitat along Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Internship work will focus on migratory/nesting bird projects, citizen science and public outreach. You will assist in a variety of shorebird and seabird work and well as habitat restoration tasks. The intern will develop and present bilingual (English/Spanish) public presentations, work onsite with educators as part of our environmental education and interpretative programs, develop and implement an outreach program into the local Spanish-speaking communities, and help with Los Angeles Audubon’s Earth Day and Conservation Art Show events.

Knowledge of bird conservation not needed, but a willingness to learn is required and an enthusiasm for interacting with the public and children is strongly encouraged. You will receive all necessary professional training and will gain real life job experience working along side our wildlife staff and environmental education specialists. This is a great opportunity for career shadowing and hands-on experience in the fields of wildlife biology and environmental education.

Wildlife fieldwork with Los Angeles Audubon is focused on parkland and beaches that are accessible to the public and heavily used by local communities. In many respects these spaces are at the cutting edge of urban ecology, where a threatened or endangered species may exist adjacent to intense development and recreation activities. Participating in urban fieldwork requires patience and a willingness to engage with local community members in an inclusive, non-confrontational manner.

Intern responsibilities include:

  • Conduct migratory shorebird and seabird surveys and data entry.
  • Participate in wildlife fieldwork at sandy beach habitat in coastal Southern California. Some tasks may be physically demanding, such as walking all day and using tools in habitat restoration activities.
  • Assist with habitat restoration in coastal sage scrub habitat in urban parklands.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of outreach programs engaging communities in order to promote bird conservation.
  • Promote educational programs with local and national English and Spanish-language media.
  • Assist with educator-led field trips for K-12 grades, provide educator support, and provide program support and maintenance.
  • Assist with ourEarth Day and Conservation Art Show activities.
  • Present onsite and offsite public presentation to promote shorebird conservation messages.

Qualifications

  • Fluency in both English and Spanish is required.
  • Good cross-cultural communication skills, experience with public speaking, and ability to work with leaders, educators, and other community members.
  • Ability to work with youth and adults in field education and classroom programs.
  • Current Driver’s license.

Preferred Educational Background

Completion of college course in environmental studies, education, biology, or other related field.

Preferences

  • The ideal candidate will have a high level of cultural competency necessary to work with diverse communities.
  • Though a personal vehicle is not required, it may be challenging to rely solely on public transportation to get to some of our coastal work sites.

Hours: Full-Time

(30 hours or more a week) or part-time (15 hours or more a week).

Compensation: $1000/month stipend for full-time hours. Mileage reimbursement.

Office space will be provided at one of our parkland sites.

For more information visit environmentfortheamericas.wordpress.com or contact Environment for the Americas at 720-587-9272.

How to apply

Application Process: Fill out an online application athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LosAngelesInternship2014

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please note: Grant requires interns to be between the ages of 18-25 of Latino/Hispanic descent. It is mandatory for the intern to attend at least part of the conservation training that is scheduled to take place in California in February 2014. Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

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