MAPS Volunteer Internships
The Institute for Bird Populations offers MAPS bird-banding
field biologist positions and internships at various locations
throughout the United States (Google Earth required). Interns will
receive first-class intensive training and experience in handling, identifying,
sexing, aging, and banding wild birds. This invaluable experience in
field data collection and recording may satisfy class requirements (ask
your counselor) and build impressive resumes. Make your summer interesting
and make new friends.
- Learn to identify
birds by sight and sound
- Contribute to
continent-wide bird conservation efforts
- Develop bird-banding
and field data collection skills that will look great on your resume
- Spend your summer
outdoors in beautiful places
INTERNSHIPS: We seek motivated,
enthusiastic volunteers in good physical condition with a strong desire
to learn more about birds and natural history. Positions
are available in Indiana and Yosemite National Park. Internships begin May
1 and run through August 8.
applicants are expected to face the rigors and unpredictability of field
conditions with good humor and flexibility. Prior banding experience
or a background in wildlife biology or a closely related field is a
plus, but not necessary because all internships include an intensive,
two week training course in mist-netting, and the identification, handling,
banding, and ageing and sexing of landbirds. In addition, interns receive
individual training in these techniques throughout the field season.
reliable field vehicles are especially needed (trucks/SUVs not required).
Mileage will be reimbursed at the rate of $0.35/mile for project-related
use. Shared housing and a per diem of $24 - $30 (depending on location)
for food and incidental expenses, amounting to $2,016 - $2,520 for the
season, are provided. Interns are expected to spend a minimum of 6 of
every 10 days in the field, contingent upon daily weather conditions
and logistical considerations. See below to apply.
1) Download and read:
2011 MAPS Internship Information Packet
(applicable to intern and biologist applicants)
2) Complete an application and submit it online or by mail.
MAPS Internship Application Online OR
MAPS Biologist Application PDF
3) Submit a cover letter and resume preferrably via email as a single attachment; otherwise via mail or fax to:
The Institute for Bird Populations
P.O. Box 1346
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Ph: (415) 663-1436
Fax: (415) 663-9482
WHAT DID PAST INTERNS THINK?
is a great biologist; she knows her stuff and patiently teaches it well.
She's a wicked friend too, we love you".
"I learned a lot in this single summer and through
it all, I realized that this is what I want to do with my life ... I really
enjoyed being a part of this experience ... Thank you for giving me this
experience which will take me far in my academic endeavors"
"Very enjoyable teacher that loves working with
birds and who I would be more than happy to work with again".
"I completely enjoyed my summer.. .and I cannot believe
how much I learned."
"I really learned a lot from her (IBP biologist)
for which I am very grateful"
MORE MAPS INTERNSHIP INFORMATION:
Want to know what it's like to be a MAPS intern? Curious what you will
be doing? Trying to explain to your parents and friends that you will
not be chasing birds with a butterfly net all summer? Check out some
current and past banding operations.