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Pacific Seabird Group PSG Charity Profile
The Pacific Seabird Group (PSG) is a society of professional seabird researchers and managers dedicated to the study and conservation of seabirds. PSG was formed in 1972 out of a need for increased communication among academic and government seabird researchers. The principal goals of PSG are (1) to increase the quality and quantity of seabird research through facilitating exchange of information and (2) to identify and assess the importance of threats to seabird populations and provide government agencies and others with expert advice on managing the threats and populations.
Pacific Seabird Group PSG Volunteer Information
The US Geological Survey is seeking Biological Science Technician(s) (GG-5) for studies on waterbird reproduction and contaminant uptake in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Area in San Francisco Bay. The term of the position will be from approximately 1 April to 1 August 2009. Duties will primarily involve locating and monitoring nests; conducting egg manipulation studies; handling and measuring chicks; maintaining equipment; sample processing; and collecting other ecological data as directed by supervisor. Experience with nest monitoring, capturing and handling birds, and measuring bird morphology is preferred. Applicants must be willing to work under arduous and physically demanding field conditions for extended periods. The position involves extensive use of kayaks and other small boats, and the applicant must be able to lift at least 75-100 lbs. to load boats into vehicles and launch them into salt ponds several times a day. Applicant must also have significant experience using kayaks and other small boats, and be able to paddle long distances to nesting islands. Applicant must be willing to wade through marshes all day long, and work in harsh conditions, including windy, hot, cold, and other generally muddy conditions. Experience with the operation of 4WD vehicles, computer systems and file management, field and laboratory methods, and techniques for conducting research on wildlife populations is desirable. Incumbents must also be comfortable in heavy, urban traffic conditions and have a clean driving record. Incumbents will be expected to enter data into spreadsheets, compile and organize field data, as well as prepare tabular data, graphs, charts, and reports under the direction of the supervisor. This position requires incumbent to work independently and as a team member to execute field research. We are seeking enthusiastic, organized, and versatile people with strong science and work ethics and a desire to gain experience. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, especially early morning hours, as well as evening, or nighttime hours and some weekends as needed. Housing is not provided. The position will be located at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont, and field work will be conducted in salt ponds throughout the South Bay, including the Alviso, Mountain View, Menlo Park, and Newark areas. If interested send cover letter, resume, and 3 references immediately, and no later than February 1, VIA EMAIL to: Dr. Josh Ackerman and Dr. Collin Eagles-Smith, USGS Davis Field Station, One Shields Ave., University of California, Davis, CA 95616; Fax: 530-752-9680; Email: email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org. THIS IS A PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY; PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE REQUIRED APPLICATION PROCESS.
SEABIRD ISLAND SUPERVISORS, INTERNS and VOLUNTEERS
Seabird Island Supervisors, Interns and Volunteers are needed for several Audubon-managed Maine coast sanctuaries. We operate seven island research stations that include active and former restoration sites now managed for Atlantic Puffins, Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Arctic, Common, Least and Roseate Terns, Laughing Gulls, Common Eiders, Leach’s Storm-Petrels and wading birds. Current work includes, but is not limited to: seabird diet studies, productivity monitoring, chick growth, seabird survival, recruitment and dispersal studies and predator management.
DETAILS: Positions require primitive camping and working on offshore islands. Volunteers and Rotating interns will move between 2 or more field sites throughout the summer. Island research teams are comprised of 2 to 6 people and are determined by island size, seabird colony composition and workload. · Days are long (0600 to 2000 hrs) and include a minimum of two 3-hour observation stints each day in a small wooden blind, weather permitting. All participants live in or near the bird colonies in rustic conditions (no electricity or running water; composting toilet only) and work 7 days/week. FOOD provided for all positions. Worker’s compensation insurance for Supervisors and Interns only. Volunteers should have their own insurance coverage. All staff must provide their own binoculars, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and 2-person tent.
SUPERVISOR responsibilities include: managing multiple concurrent seabird studies, drafting a daily work and staff schedule, training staff on essential field and computer skills, overseeing data collection and management, conducting visitor education, protecting the site from human disturbance and predator management. · Supervisors should expect to stay at their assigned island for the duration of the field season. · Applicants for the position should have an M.S. in natural resources (or a B.S. with similar experience). Hunting and trapping experience is desirable. Bird banding and small boat handling experience is required. Availability should be from early May through 15 August. Stipend: $325 or $425/wk depending on assignment.
INTERNS will participate in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring and management and may work on more than one island over the course of the field season. Interns will spend a minimum of 14 days at a field station before returning to the mainland, where showers and laundry facilities are available. · Most internships begin on 24 May and end on 15 August (two or more interns are needed beginning May 1). Applicants should have field research experience and be an undergraduate in a related field or have a B.S. in biology, natural resources or the equivalent. Stipend: $255/week.
VOLUNTEERS will assist with field studies on puffins, terns and other species. Must be over 18 years old and available for a minimum of two weeks between June 1 and July 30 with exact dates to be negotiated depending on schedule openings. Volunteers contributing $1500 or more will receive preference for available openings.