Wolverine Tracking Project Carnivore Research Internship

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CASCADIA WILD

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Cascadia Wild, a Portland-based 501c(3) nonprofit, seeks an intern to support the operations the Wolverine Tracking Project, a community science project that uses wildlife camera, snow tracking, and scat surveys to monitor rare carnivores in the Mt Hood National Forest. The intern will gain experience in all aspects of supporting a field-based community science research project, including equipment maintenance, data processing and analysis, and volunteer management. Work will be done at Cascadia Wild’s Northeast Portland office on a regular weekly schedule. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in additional fieldwork on weekends as availability allows.

Duties include

  • Reviewing photos captured by motion-activated cameras to identify wildlife species
  • Gathering trip reports and photos and using them to write social media and blog posts
  • Entering data onto spreadsheets and maps
  • Checking and maintaining readiness of field equipment, including motion-activated cameras, scent bait, GPS units, etc.
  • Ensuring the proper storage of genetic samples
  • Assisting in planning and execution of the spring volunteer appreciation party

Additional opportunities for motivated interns include participating in weekend field work on Mt. Hood National Forest, and attending classes in subjects such as wildlife tracking and wilderness navigation, and more.

Requirements:
  • Interest in or experience with Pacific Northwest wildlife
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets, email, electronic file management, and digital photo sharing
  • Ability to carefully follow written documentation, including checklists and data collection procedures
  • Ability to review digital photographs for species identification with efficiency and accuracy. Training and support in species ID is provided
  • Excellent writing ability
  • Good communication skills
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • Extremely high degree of dependability

This internship is unpaid, but provides excellent experience in supporting an ongoing wildlife research project, and the opportunity to take most Cascadia Wild classes at no cost during the internship.

To apply, please email the following to info@cascadiawild.org by October 8, 2019.
  • your résumé
  • a cover letter explaining 1) your interest in this internship and what you hope to gain from it, 2) why you are a good fit to perform the described duties, and 3) your availability to take on a weekly commitment in NE Portland from October 15 - April 30, 2020

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About CASCADIA WILD

Location:

5431 NE 20TH AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97211, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Cascadia Wild is to connect people of all ages with the natural world, combining modern ecology with ancient practices of living with the earth. We do this by teaching naturalist skills, creating meaningful interactions with local natural areas, and providing stewardship opportunities for serving the wildlife, forests, and land of the Pacific Northwest.

Description

Cascadia Wild is a Portland-based nonprofit dedicated to connecting people with the natural world. We do this by teaching naturalist skills, creating meaningful interactions with local natural areas, and providing stewardship opportunities for serving the wildlife, forests, and land of the Pacific Northwest.

Our largest program is a community science project called the Wolverine Tracking Project, in which volunteers help survey for wolverine and other rare carnivores on the Mt Hood National Forest. Participants get out to the national forest and learn about wildlife, while at the same time contributing to an increased understanding of the wildlife on Mt Hood. Three different types of surveys are done: snow tracking, in which highly trained volunteers look for footprints in the snow; camera surveys, in which volunteers maintain baited trail cameras to detect wildlife, and scat surveys, in which volunteers hike trails to search for scat.

Cascadia Wild also offers programs in animal tracking, wild plant foraging, and wilderness survival. We combine modern ecology with the ancient practices of living with nature, to help people develop healthier relationships with the natural environment and with their community.

WHEN

Tue Oct 15, 2019 - Thu Apr 30, 2020

WHERE

5431 NE 20th AvePortland, OR 97211

(45.56236,-122.64516)
 

SKILLS

  • Data Entry
  • Environmental Science
  • Community Outreach
  • STEM

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Hours: 15 hours/week | Dates: October 15 2019-April 30 2020

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