Bird Surveys and Education Outreach Intern (2 positions)

Ventura Audubon Society
February 24, 2021
Job Type
Job Site
Ormond and Hollywood Beaches in Oxnard, CA


DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 31st, 2021

The Ventura Audubon Society conducts a Shorebird Recovery program that monitors and protects nesting California Least Terns (CLT) and Western Snowy Plovers (WSP) on Ormond and Hollywood Beaches in Oxnard, CA.  The Shorebird Recovery program includes collecting scientific data, protecting habitat, and outreach. The goal of the internship is to protect nesting CLT and WSP and their young and to improve breeding success.

Job description: The primary responsibility of the Environment for the Americas intern will be to support our outreach program, with opportunities to assist with the other activities. Interns will interact closely with our outreach coordinator, biologists, and program volunteers. Interns will be trained to understand the history, habitat needs, breeding biology, and field survey methods of both species, and will conduct public outreach with this information. There will be opportunities for fieldwork alongside our biologists, including helping with nest surveys. Work will be a combination of in-person field and virtual computer-based tasks and meetings.  Workdays will include weekends. Tasks will be modified or reduced based on COVID health orders.

Additional Opportunities: Depending on intern interests, skills, and as time allows, there may be opportunities to help create new outreach materials (signs, pamphlets, posters), work with our webmaster to create online content, help with our social media platforms, assist in organizing and processing field camera video, work with GIS mapping or app development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Engage beach visitors to encourage behavioral changes that reduce disturbance to nesting birds and their young
  • Provide roving interpretation to beach visitors and share outreach materials
  • Inspect habitat fences weekly for signs of damage and make minor repairs
  • Conducting independent population surveys of Western Snowy Plover and CA Least Tern and their young utilizing survey 123 and collector
  • Track metrics on interactions with the public and ordinance violations on Survey123


  • Must complete the VAS Volunteer Naturalist Program Training
  • Familiarity and facility with basic Microsoft Office software, Internet search programs, social media platforms, and standard email software
  • The ability to communicate and interact in a positive, professional manner with diverse populations, including project partners, staff, volunteers, youth, and the general public
  • Possess strong writing skills
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Self-motivation and resourcefulness in completing assigned tasks
  • Ability to work on assigned projects with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate and work effectively in a team environment
  • An interest in birds
  • Desired: Speaks Spanish; has specialized knowledge in the creative arts(web development) or a natural science field (botany, ornithology, etc.)
  • Desired: Experience creating video and digital graphics for varied platforms
  • Desired: GIS Skills

Interns will be provided binoculars to use on the job and program shirts with logos.

Compensation: $400/week

Term of Internship: May 24 - July 31


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