American Kestrel Conservation Intern

American Kestrel Studies Internship Opportunity

HawkWatch International is seeking 2 volunteer interns to assist with multiple facets of its American Kestrel Studies in Northern Utah. The internship will run from 14 March through July and comes with a $600/week stipend. Current undergraduate students or recent graduates from a biology, wildlife, or natural resources program qualify for this internship. Interns will work 5-6 days per week, with some weekend work.

Specific learning/training opportunities include:

  • Assisting HWI staff, graduate student, and community scientists with nest box maintenance and/or installation and the monitoring of American Kestrel, Western Screech-owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and other cavity-nesting species nests
  • Using high-end spotting scope during efforts to resight colorbanded American Kestrels as part of a long-term movement and survival study
  •  Installation, upkeep, and retrieval of data from game cameras set to document prey deliveries to nests
  • Assting with capture and banding (including colorbanding) of nestling and adult American Kestrels, using both hand-capture and bal chatri traps
  • Assisting with collection of feather and blood samples as part of genetic and contaminant studies
  • Exposure to research and outreach efforts at conservation non-profit organizations
  • Exposure to working with and coordination of a large group of volunteer community scientists
  • Data entry, quality assurance/control, equipment care, and curation of field samples

See the position description for more details. Interested parties should fill out this application. Review of applications ongoing, apply by Jan 8 for top consideration, open until filled.

Questions? Contact Dave Oleyar and Jesse Watson ().