Santa Lucia Conservancy Conservation Ecology Field Assistant
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Cardinal Quarter Eligible
Applications closed on February 4, 2019
Approximate Offer Date:
Friday, March 15, 2019
The Santa Lucia Conservancy is a non-profit land trust responsible for protecting the ecological integrity of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, CA. We are dedicated to advancing the art and science of conservation-compatible development through adaptive land management, ecological research, conservation easement stewardship and environmental education programs.
This Conservancy Conservation Ecology Internship is a diverse learning experience focused on exposing the student to a variety of methods and tools used in project design, field research, data analysis, and communicating science. Students will have the opportunity to assist ongoing research with a diversity of wildlife species, in a multitude of habitat types, contained within the beautiful Santa Lucia Preserve. This internship opportunity includes participation in a variety of ongoing research and monitoring projects on the Preserve. In addition to the tasks listed below, the intern will be responsible for a small project, or a sub-project of a larger ongoing study. Students will, with assistance, design and conduct a study, and report finding to their supervisor. Projects typically consist of a combination of field surveys/sampling, working with existing data, and conducting GIS analysis.
Examples of small project ideas:
Habitat Suitability Map – use field surveys, historic data and GIS to predict and map habitats which could support part, or all, of the life stages of a particular species of concern.
Build a Story Map – work with an existing project to help share the science and results of the Conservancy’s work through an ESRI Story Map using imagery, figures and maps.
Data Analysis – Dig into the data from a current project and provide insight to unanswered questions. Example topics: wildlife response to recreation, and landscape changes in response to grazing patterns.
Read blog posts from last year's intern, TJ Francisco, here and here.
What you will do
Assist in trapping and banding tricolored blackbirds during nesting season
Assist in pond monitoring and aquatic sampling for endangered amphibians
Track wildlife activities and species richness through a network of motion activated wildlife cameras
Enter data and manage large photo data sets from wildlife cameras
Assist with mapping projects (ArcGIS and Google Earth, opportunity for training)
Eligibility and Requirements:
Must be physically fit and capable of hiking and carrying equipment over varied and steep terrain in wilderness locations
Need to be comfortable with basic computer use for data entry in Microsoft Office programs
A positive attitude, willingness to learn, ability to follow instructions, as well as work independently or on a team
A personal vehicle and clean driving record
Experience with wildlife trapping and handling
GPS and GIS mapping skills
This opportunity is open to all class years. Coterms are eligible only if they hold undergraduate status. Any type of natural resource major would be appropriate; applicants should have an interest in wildlife ecology.