California Condor Intern, Big Sur, CA’s in a gorgeous place!

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California Condor Intern

Employer: Ventana Wildlife Society

Location: Big Sur, CA

Last Date to Apply: 02 Nov 2015

California Condor Internships: The Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to assist us with our California Condor Reintroduction Program on California’s central coast. VWS has been reintroducing endangered California condors to the central coast region since 1997 and currently monitors a flock of 60+ condors. Position involves releasing and monitoring captive/free-flying California condors utilizing radio telemetry, participating in supplemental food placements, nest observation, public education, as well as other flock management activities.

The Condor Project field office is located at our Discovery Center in Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur. VWS currently operates two release site field stations in the remote coastal mountains of Big Sur and San Simeon. Field housing for Interns is provided at both field stations. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $650/month. Interns work 5 days on (40 hours) and then take two days off. Field vehicles will be provided for all condor project related activities. We prefer that interns possess their own means of transportation for non-work related/personal travel on days off. Internships span 6 months and positions are available year-round. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience with an endangered species while living on the breathtaking California central coast.

Preferred applicants will have:

BS Degree in Biological/Environmental related field of study

Prior bird/ornithological, interpretive, and/or field biology experience.

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record

Experience with driving 4wd vehicles on dirt roads

Experience working outdoors in remote locations in inclement weather conditions

A knowledge of basic field safety and/or a CPR certificate, First responder certificate

Good physical conditioning and the ability to hike in steep rugged terrain in inclement weather conditions.

Ability to safely lift and move carcasses in excess of 50-75 pounds.

Ability to handle rotten carcasses (not for the squeamish)

Outgoing personality with an interest in natural interpretation and sharing with public

A strong interest in both avian research and restoration

Please submit cover letter and resume with three work related references to VWS Condor Biologist Melissa Clark at

For more information about the research, restoration and education activities of our organization, visit: ,


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