Do you enjoy watching birds and seeing them thrive in their natural habitat? Did you know that marsh birds are one of the vital signs recommended to be monitored in order to understand and protect resources of a park? In particular, the saltmarsh sparrow is used as an indicator species for monitoring the health of a saltmarsh. This project supports monitoring and a collaborative research project for marsh birds at the beautiful Fire Island National Seashore! As sea levels rise, there are concerns that marshes will continue to shrink, and loss of habitat will negatively impact saltmarsh sparrow populations as well as other marsh species.
The main goals of this project are to continue NPS long-term monitoring of marsh birds at established survey points at FIIS; to assist in initiating a new sampling design with additional survey points throughout FIIS marshes to adequately monitor marsh birds on a local park scale; to assist with a collaborative restoration research project with USFWS, looking at creating microhabitats (marsh mats) for the saltmarsh sparrow; and to assist the NPS Biologist in engaging with local partners and improving citizen science opportunities.
If you’re passionate about bird conservation and habitat restoration, research, and are concerned about the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, this internship might be for you!
A Bachelor’s Degree in a science-related field – or working towards a Bachelor’s Degree – is a requirement for this internship position. Field experience and bird identification skills (or a strong desire to learn these skills) is preferred in an applicant.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, of diverse background, or a veteran up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.