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VWL Internship & Fellowship Program

Virginia Working Landscapes hosts a competitive internship program as well as a graduate fellowship program. Check back throughout the year as we post new opportunities. 

Field Technician Opportunity (Posted Jan 2020):

VWL Grassland Bird Field Technician

Virginia Working Landscapes is seeking a motivated and experienced field technician to conduct grassland bird research on private farms in Northern Virginia beginning April 2020. Position is based out of Front Royal, VA. Technician will conduct nest searching and monitoring, territory mapping, mist-netting, banding and tagging with emphasis placed on Eastern Meadowlarks. The work will occur in conjunction with local landowners, cattle farmers, VWL staff and collaborators from Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center. 

Ideal applicants will have previous mist-netting and tagging and/or sufficient grassland nest searching experience to operate independently, be self-motivated and physically fit, have a positive attitude, and work well as part of a team.

Field conditions will be rugged and physically demanding, and research activities will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.  

Compensation: $2,000-$2,400 per month depending on experience. Housing arrangements may be available.

To apply:
Please send a single PDF file, with your name in the title, containing a cover letter and resume with at least three references to:
Dr. Amy Johnson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Grassland Bird Technician 2020” as the subject line.
 
Application deadline
February 7, 2020
While Virginia Working Landscapes thanks all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
 

Internship Opportunities (Posted Jan 2020):

VWL Grassland Bird Field Intern

Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is seeking a motivated intern to assist with grassland bird research projects on private farms in Northern Virginia from April 2020 through July 2020. Position is based out of Front Royal, VA. The intern will learn will learn about ornithological field research including point count survey methods, nest searching and monitoring, grassland bird banding and tagging, and data management. This internship also provides excellent opportunities to gain broad experience and knowledge in citizen science, biodiversity conservation, science communication and private lands management through other ongoing projects with VWL.

Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in ornithology, an ability to identify eastern grassland bird species by sight and sound, a willingness to learn, be self-motivated and physically fit, have a positive attitude, and work well as part of a team.

Field conditions will be rugged and physically demanding, and research activities will include early mornings, evenings, and weekends.  

Stipend: $1000-$1300 per month depending on experience. Housing arrangements may be available.
 
To apply: Please send a single PDF file, with your name in the title, containing a cover letter and resume with at least three references to:
Dr. Amy Johnson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with “Grassland Bird Intern 2020” as the subject line.
 
Application deadline
February 7, 2020
While Virginia Working Landscapes thanks all applicants, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.
 

VWL Outreach & Communications Intern

This intern will primarily participate in outreach and education activities to engage the local community on conservation topics and our research programs. Intern will also assist with our biodiversity surveys as necessary, gaining experience in survey methodologies for monitoring local species including pollinators, birds and plants. In participating in this internship, the intern will be playing a significant role in advancing our knowledge of local biodiversity and the impacts of land management and conservation practices on wildlife.

Learning Objectives

This is a paid internship opportunity through the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Through this internship, interns will assist with the following as they gain important experience with conservation science and engagement:

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES

  • Develop communications skills by assisting with outreach events and meetings with stakeholders, key conservation organizations and partners in the region as well as helping to recruit new members of the community to participate in VWL research projects.
  • Develop skills in science communication by working on our monthly Conservation Science Newsletter, where we summarize relevant research papers and articles from around the world to share with our community.
  • Create written and visual content for the website and other outreach materials.
  • Develop skills in social media communications and online outreach campaigns.
  • Learn important event and workshop planning skills and assist with facilitation of these outreach initiatives. Will take the lead on developing, planning, and executing at least one outreach event, class, or workshop.
  • Gain fundraising experience by assisting with organizing our annual fundraising dinner.
  • Assist with year-end Landowner Reports.
  • Develop project management skills through the completion of an independent study relevant to the learning objectives of the applicant.
  • Learn mentoring skills by working with undergraduate practicum students and classes.

SECONDARY OBJECTIVES

  • Learn and assist with field season planning (and fieldwork if applicable) for the 2020 season, including grassland survey site selection and set-up and detailed and accurate data collection for plant, bird and pollinator surveys.
  • Learn data management skills and how to input data from recent surveys and help manage large spreadsheets.
  • Assist with managing output from an array of projects to be carried out by staff, graduate students, other interns, and citizen scientists.
  • Learn technical skills and provide assistance using programs such as ArcGIS, R-Studio and Excel.
Stipend: $1000-$1300 per month depending on experience. Housing arrangements may be available.
 
To apply: Please send a single PDF file, with your name in the title, containing a cover letter and resume with at least three references to:
Charlotte Lorick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with “Outreach Intern 2020” as the subject line.
 
Application deadline:
February 14, 2020
 

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