Unity College Offers Bear Study Internship Position

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Unity College is seeking six unpaid interns to participate in a pilot bear study project. May 12, 2014 to July 11, 2014.

Unity College is seeking six unpaid interns to participate in a pilot bear study project. The internships will run from May 12, 2014 to July 11, 2014. The internship will involve participation in the live capture of black bears in Wildlife Management District 23 and surrounding areas studying radio-collared female bears to determine population demographics in the area.  Volunteers will work closely with Unity College Bear Study biologists pre-baiting trap sites, setting and maintaining a trap line of Aldrich foot snares, handling and tagging captured bears (and other animals), collecting biological and habitat data, monitoring radio-collared bears via ground telemetry, and maintaining field equipment. 

Specific Duties:

  • Conduct fieldwork in all kinds of weather and environmental conditions (cold, heat, rain, biting insects, and trail-less areas) in rugged outdoor terrain
  • Prepare and haul bait
  • Set snares according to protocol
  • Handle bears according to instructions
  • Collect and record data meticulously
  • Accurately enter data into digital databases
  • Repair and maintain equipment
  • Handle medical emergencies for both bears and bear handlers (training provided) 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a currently enrolled Unity College student in good academic standing
  • Must possess the physical ability and willingness to work in remote Maine field conditions that will include diverse weather and environmental conditions
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to become Unity College van driver certified
  • Ability to aptly use maps, a compass, and GPS units in the field
  • Knowledge of first aid and CPR (Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certifications preferred)
  • Ability to follow standard protocol and instructions are a must
  • Willingness to learn and work in a team oriented environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior experience trapping mammals and experience collecting biological data from mammals are a plus
  • Preference will be given to current Wildlife Biology and Wildlife and Fisheries Management majors; Conservation Law Enforcement, Captive Wildlife Care and Education, and Parks and Forest Resources majors will also be considered 

Internship Benefits:

  • Interns can expect first-hand experience working closely with state biologists, wildlife faculty, and seasoned professionals
  • Interns may have the opportunity to meet Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staff member and extend their professional network while gaining exposure to fieldwork
  • Interns will receive comprehensive training in: recognizing bear sign; effectively setting Aldridge foot snares; chemical immobilization and handling of bears; and dealing with any associated medical complications
  • Interns may be eligible for academic credit, additional paperwork will need to be filed through the Career Resource Center

Application Process:

Interested students should email a cover letter, resume and list of 3 references (including at least 1 on-campus reference) to Nicole Collins at not later than January 18, 2013. Cover letters should be addressed to George Matula. Interviews and selection will be completed prior to spring break.  

Wednesday, January 01, 2014