The Siuslaw National Forest is seeking an enthusiastic interns to engage visitors and surrounding communities on the conservation of threatened species. Interns will work to cultivate stewardship of coastal seabirds and shorebirds within Oregon by increasing the public’s understanding of their own role in sensitive seabird and shorebird conservation at U.S. Forest Service sites, Oregon State Parks, and other locations. Interns will work closely with wildlife specialists while collaborating with a network of interpreters, resource managers, and community partners. This position will be based in the Hebo Ranger District on the Oregon Coast, and will perform outreach to Tillamook, Salem, and Portland areas with a special emphasis on reaching out to underrepresented communities this area. This intern will also collaborate with other Forest Service EFTA interns located in the Central Coast District.
Coastal Bird Stewardship Project
The U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland, Cape Perpetua Foundation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) received funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to initiate a Coastal Bird Stewardship Outreach Project in 2018. The project is a comprehensive outreach effort to improve conservation of a suite of marine-dependent bird species of conservation concern, including the federal and state-threatened marbled murrelet, federal and state-threatened western snowy plover, state sensitive black oystercatcher, and other seabirds and shorebirds that use the Oregon coast. This project will facilitate stewardship of the coast through education and awareness of the threats that human actions can have on these species, the birds’ unique life histories and habitat needs, as well as encouraging beneficial visitor conservation actions.
Project Goals Include:
- Decrease the amount of anthropogenic food sources available to wildlife, particularly corvid species, to better protect the marbled murrelet, western snowy plover, and other species.
- Encourage behavioral changes among coastal visitors/residents to reduce litter that harms coastal birds.
- Reach out to underrepresented communities and engage with group tours and presentations.
- Encourage behavioral changes among coastal visitors to reduce disturbance to shorebirds and seabirds during sensitive timeframes, focusing on “good beach dog” behavior and avoiding nesting areas.
- Maintain partnership with Portland Oregon Zoo for outreach and conservation messaging.
- Increase public awareness of ocean and forage fish conservation efforts, including Oregon’s system of marine reserves and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and how those efforts benefit species like the marbled murrelet.
Internship Duties: Interns will receive training on the resources, species, and habitats of the Siuslaw National Forest and Oregon Coast, while also receiving Certification as an Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpreters. Duties will include:
- Researching, developing, and delivering formal presentations to a variety of audiences
- Assisting wildlife staff in surveys or protection efforts
- Monitoring sites, producing project reports, and tracking visitor statistics
- Participating in outreach at community events, schools and partners sites.
- Producing content for signs and displays, website information, app programs and social media
- Organize and lead citizen science projects and communicating with partner groups
- Age 18 to 35, and in college (undergraduate or graduate) or recent graduate.
- US citizen or legal resident.
- A strong interest – or relevant experience – in bird conservation and/or willingness to learn is required. Enthusiasm for interacting with the public and children is encouraged.
- Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) are helpful and preferred.
- Be social media savvy!
Other Information: Knowledge of bird conservation is not needed, but a willingness to learn is required and an enthusiasm for interacting with the public and children is encouraged. You will receive all necessary professional training and will gain real-life job experience working alongside 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.
The duration of the internship is 6 months (March – August). Interns will be provided with lodging for the duration of the internship. Interns are compensated with a monthly stipend of $1200 for a minimum of 32 hours and a maximum of 40 hours. Interns will be required to participate in a weeklong training (March 1st-8th) in San Diego (all expenses included) before the start of their internship. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews for this position and any others that might be a suitable match.