Tag: wildlife

Apprentice Program Supervisor and Training Specialist, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue Inc., (San Antonio and Kendalia, TX

Want to learn what Wildlife Rehab is all about or continue to develop your animal care skills? For recent college graduates or individuals looking to explore a career in wildlife rehabilitation, WRR offers an Intro to Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprenticeship program. Apprentices in this program complete six weeks of combined classroom and hands-on practical training to learn the natural history, diets, enclosure setups, and care protocols of many of the most common native species we see including small mammals, songbirds, fawns, waterfowl, and turtles.


For more information, please contact Arielle Alley at education@wildlife-rescue.org.

Internship, Nature’s Valley Trust & Univ. of Cape Town (South Africa)

LOCATION: Southern shore of South Africa.


DURATION: 3-5 months; Breeding season runs Sept. to April, with flexibility for internship timing. Preferably N. Hemisphere Fall 2015 semester, summer in S. Hemisphere. You will have most field time from Sept. to Jan.; if you choose an internship from Jan., there is less field work, but carries the benefit of datamanagement & analysis.


•  On-foot beach surveys for breeding, nest/brood monitoring, other observations of predation, disturbance, and tourism use.

•  Collecting scientific field notes.

•  Data entry, checking, and analysis; other administrative tasks.

•  Producing various documents, educational & awareness materials, participation in related events.

•  5-6 working days per week, including weekends and public holidays.


•  Self-motivated, flexibility, work independently & with others, while following methodology & procedure.

•  Trustworthy, show integrity & dedication, sense of responsibility/accountability.

•  Observational skills, with particular attention to detail & accuracy.

•  An interest in birds and coastal conservation research.

•  Physical fitness, willingness to spend long hours in the field, in potentially averse conditions (i.e. up to 12 hrs walking in soft sand & some rock scrambling, in summer heat with salt spray & wind, carrying pack).

•  Ability to engage with the public regarding research & conservation.

•  Preferably have or be studying toward a qualification in a related biological field, such as: Zoology, Ecology, Ornithology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Science, Nature Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resource/Integrated Coastal Zone Management, etc.

•  Some field experience with birding, nest searching, band re-sighting, animal tracking, and/or bird handling is advantageous, but not necessary. Your willingness to learn & actively participate is most important!

•  Some experience with GPS/GIS technology & software beneficial, but not required.


•  Residing in Nature’s Valley, on South Africa’s Garden Route, a stunning location surrounded by beautiful beaches, forests, mountains, & breathtaking landscapes, with plenty of exciting activities available during off time.

•  Working with a fantastic environmental NGO on a highly impactful project, affiliated with the TOP university & leading academic institute in Ornithology on the African continent!

•  You will get much individual support & hands-on training in the field.

•  This experience is highly applicable to many shorebird conservation programs conducted around the world, particularly the United States (i.e. Snowy & Piping Plovers).

•  Opportunity for involvement in other projects (bird banding, education programs, etc.).

•  The Nature’s Valley Trust is willing to discuss requirements with your university for study credits.


•  R4,000 per month (±300 US$), which covers shared housing/utilities, field transportation, office space (including WiFi), program participation, & mentoring.

•  The Nature’s Valley Trust unfortunately cannot offer assistance with travel costs or other living expenses. Cost of living is comparatively low in South Africa.

•  For more information on the Nature’s Valley Trust, see naturesvalleytrust.co.za. For a preview of what you’re getting yourself into, see: gardenrouteshorebirds.tumblr.com, and for information on the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, see: fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za.

Application Deadline: June 30th, 2015 (positions filled as qualified applicants selected)

 If interested, please send CV & short motivation letter, or any other enquiries via e-mail with the subject “SHOREBIRD INTERNSHIP” to: selenaflores AT gmail.com .

Apr 26: MyRWA Open House

Join Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford for an open house on Thursday, April 26th to learn about herring and their migration to the Mystic Lakes.

Visitors will be able to view the new fish ladder (and hopefully the herring, too!) installed at the dam by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. Free and all are welcome. Please stop by between 3pm and 7pm.

MyRWA is also holding a Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on May 20.