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Conservation Ecology Field Assistant

The Santa Lucia Conservancy is a non-profit land trust incorporated in 1995 to conserve the ecological integrity of the protected lands within the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, CA. SLC is dedicated to advancing the art and science of conservation-compatible development through adaptive land management, ecological research, conservation easement stewardship and environmental education programs. Internships with the Conservancy include a variety of field work, data analysis, project design, diverse learning experiences, and the chance to work on the beautiful Santa Lucia Preserve.

This internship opportunity includes participation in a variety of ongoing research and monitoring projects on the Preserve. In addition to the tasks listed below, the intern will be responsible for a project in which they will design, execute (with assistance) and report to their supervisor. Several projects will be offered to choose from. Examples include “Protecting the Night Sky – using GIS/Google Earth to evaluate light pollution footprints of the Preserve compared to conventional communities”,  “Habitat Suitability Map – using field data and GIS, predict habitats which could support part or all of the life stages of a particular species of concern”, “Mapping Critical Habitat – using GPS and GIS get out in the field to update historical mapped data on critical habitat for endangered Smith’s blue butterfly”.


Internship Tasks

  • Assist in trapping and banding tricolored blackbirds during nesting season
  • Assist in pond monitoring and aquatic sampling for endangered amphibians
  • Track wildlife activities and species richness through a network of motion activated wildlife cameras
  • Enter data and manage large photo data sets from wildlife cameras
  • Assist with mapping projects (ArcGIS and Google Earth, opportunity for training)
  • Assist in grassland and aquatic vegetation surveys
  • Contributions to our website, videos, and blogs
  • Creation of a Story Map of primary project

Necessary Qualifications

  • Must be physically fit and capable of hiking and carrying equipment over varied and steep terrain in wilderness locations
  • Need to be comfortable with basic computer use for data entry in Microsoft Office programs
  • A positive attitude, willingness to learn, ability to follow instructions and work independently and on a team
  • A personal vehicle and clean driving record are required

Desired Skills

  • Experience with wildlife trapping and handling
  • Botanical identification
  • GPS and GIS mapping skills
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Carmel, California
Preferred Majors or Experience: 
Sophomores and up are most appropriate for this position, but all class years are welcome to apply. Those with majors related to natural resources would be most appropriate, and the applicant should have an interest in wildlife ecology.