California Condor Biological Volunteer Internship, Stipend
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) California Condor Recovery Program is accepting applications for our volunteer internship program. This is a 4-6 month commitment during which time volunteer interns will receive a living allowance of $39 per day of work while working on and around two wildlife refuges central to condor activity in Southern California.
This USFWS volunteer opportunity focuses on the management of the free flying population of California condors in Southern California. Selected applicants will track this population throughout its range using radio telemetry and by ground truthing GPS transmitter data. Volunteers will observe condor behavior at feeding sites, roosts and nests. Often times, these observations are made making use of observational protocol and a predefined ethogram. Those selected will also be involved in the operation and establishment of supplemental feeding sites which are used to monitor and trap condors. Interns will also assist in the handling of condors. Field work requires: the ability to work independently or as a team; work and sometimes camp in remote areas during inclement weather or harsh environmental conditions; travel via ATV, 4WD vehicle, or by foot in steep mountainous terrain; carry 50lb carcasses to feeding sites; keep detailed field notes; follow data collection protocols for the collection and entry of accurate and consistent data; and assist in routine office work.
The California Condor Recovery Program is one of the longest standing endangered species recovery programs in the world. The program has relied on a variety of governmental and non-governmental partnerships to successfully bring this species back from the brink of extinction to the road of recovery. Interns will have the opportunity to meet and work with many of these program partners throughout their 4 to 6 month full-time commitment. The standard work schedule consists of ten consecutive days of work, and four consecutive days off in a two week period. Lodging is provided on refuge in a remote location during the work shift. Lodging is not provided during days off. No pets allowed.
Candidates must be able to: work as a member of a team; work in extreme weather conditions in remote areas; live in a communal setting; occasionally camp; use radio telemetry to locate and track radio-tagged condors; lift 50 lb carcasses into vehicles and hike them out into remote areas; construct and maintain trails, condor release/holding facilities and other structures; assist in the handling of condors; operate 4WD vehicles and ATV's; keep accurate records; and follow data collection protocols.
Please send cover letter, resume, three professional references, and period of availability to Joseph Brandt by email at Geoffrey_Grisdale@fws.gov or fax to his attention at 805-644-1732. Complete applications will be considered as they are received.
The Santa Barbara Zoo in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking volunteers to assist in California condor nest monitoring.
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Hopper Mtn National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Maintainence Volunteer Opportunuties
For further informaiton contact the Wildlife Refuge Manager by email at Dan_Tappe@fws.gov
Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge
No volunteer opportunites are avaliable at Blue Ridge National Wildlife Refuge.
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Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge
No volunteer opportunites are avaliable at Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Some volunteer opportunites may be available with our partners the Dunes Center.