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From: Ryan Berger <berger8ry <at> yahoo.com>
Subject: PRBO Conservation Science Winter Farallon Program 2012-2013
Newsgroups: gmane.science.biology.marmam
Date: Friday 27th July 2012 17:17:31 UTC (over 4 years ago)
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.

Overview 

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. 

The Farallon
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
occupancy.

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). 

Online media

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


Compensation 

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
season.

Application 

Send a cover letter, CV, and
list of 3-5 references to Ryan Berger, Farallon Program Biologist: rberger
at
prbo.org. 

 

*********************************

Ryan
Berger, M.Sc.

Farallon
Program Biologist

PRBO
Conservation Science

3820 Cypress Drive
  #11

Petaluma, CA
 94954

[email protected] 

www.prbo.org
 
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