National Audubon Society - Audubon Seabird Internships in Maine

Duration: Most internships begin on about May 20th and end on August 15th.

Location: Southern and mid-coast Maine at an island  field camp

Housing: Housing and meals are  provided (see details below)

For more info: National Audubon Maine Coast seabird nesting sanctuaries

Position Description:
National Audubon Society operates seven field stations along the Maine coast as critical seabird nesting sanctuaries. Each field station usually has at least one Research Assistant (RA) working on the island at any one time. The RAs collect data following work plans and daily assignments made by a  resident island supervisor. RAs are involved in all aspects of island life including data collection from observation blinds, banding, data base entry, public education and warden responsibilities (where appropriate), and island maintenance projects. Today, the majority of the projects focus on studying the nesting success and foods fed to seabird chicks.  Research interns help with long term studies of Common, Arctic and Roseate Terns.

Responsibilities: Participation in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring and management.

Applicants should have field research experience and be a junior working toward a B.S. in biology, natural resources, conservation biology, wildlife management or related field experience. Career goals should include graduate studies and a career in conservation biology. RAs must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.). Wilderness camping experience and dedication to wildlife conservation are essential.

Funding:  $6000 - Student will receive approximately $3000 during the course of the summer through bi-weekly payments from Audubon. Remainder of funds covers instruction, room, board, worker's compensation insurance coverage, and transportation from the mainland base to and from the research sites.

Although funding is dispersed through Adubon students must still complete MHC UAF System.

How to Apply: Students must apply to this position through LyonNet by Midnight Feb 28. Students must provide a resume, cover letter, and 3-page writng sample. These can be uploaded to LyonNet or emailed directly to .

(Letters of Reccommendation should be send directly to )


About the Organization:
The National Audubon Society started Project Puffin in 1973 in an effort to learn how to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. At that time, literally all the puffin eggs in Maine were in two baskets - Matinicus Rock and Machias Seal Island. Although puffins are not an endangered species (they are abundant in Newfoundland, Iceland, and Britain), they are rare in Maine. The two surviving colonies were very vulnerable to a disaster such as an oil spill, or accidental establishment of predators such as rats or mink.
The Project began with an attempt to restore puffins to Eastern Egg Rock in Muscongus Bay, about six miles east of Pemaquid Point. Puffins had nested there until about 1885 when hunters took the last survivors of this once-flourishing colony. The restoration of puffins to Eastern Egg Rock is based on the fact that young puffins usually return to breed on the same island where they hatched.