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Seabird Research Internship Overview

We are working with partners from around the world to build a global seabird restoration database - a database of all active seabird restoration activities using social attraction and/or translocation techniques - to document the methods and outcomes from these activities and inform best practices in the field of seabird restoration. 

Research interns will have a passion for conservation and interest in seabird biology and restoration, research, data entry, and analysis. Primary duties will include conducting literature reviews, entering and checking data, and communicating with global experts in the field of seabird restoration. Other duties could include mapping in ArcGIS, organizing data in a database such as MS Access, data analysis, and scientific writing. For interns based in Hawaii, there are opportunities to also gain experience with the seabird restoration intern team. 


Requirements/ Desired Skills

  • Background in biology, environmental science, conservation and/or computer science
  • Motivation to work on a computer and learn how to use databases
  • Experience organizing and entering data in spreadsheets (i.e. Microsoft excel)
  • Ability to follow data collection protocols
  • Strong reading and writing comprehension
  • Familiarity reading scientific literature
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to have phone/online conferences with our team and respond to emails promptly 
  • Positive attitude, enthusiasm and diligence
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of our team
Desired skills:
Experience with:
  • Using databases (e.g. Microsoft Access, SQL server, etc.)
  • Mapping software (e.g. Google Earth, ArcMap, etc.)
  • Conducting literature and/or web-based data searches
  • Reading and/or analyzing scientific literature
  • Scientific writing
  • Programming (R, SQL, python, etc.)

Dates and Location

Start Date: Feb 3 2020
End Date: May 30 2020 (flexible, with possibility for extension)

Application Due Date:
Monday October 7th 2019 (or until positions are filled)

Internship Locations:*
There are a few options for the internship location:
1 - Oahu, Hawaii - primarily based with the restoration interns out of James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge (Kahuku) and also have the option to work remotely when appropriate. Opportunities for students at the University of Hawaii are available. 
2 - Sacramento, California - based downtown Sacramento with PRC's conservation scientist, with some options to work remotely
3 - Santa Cruz, California - this is primarily a remote work station. Opportunities for students from UC Santa Cruz are available

*If you are interested in the internship but have a different time frame and/or location, you can still fill out the application. Please let us know when you will be available and where you are stationed. Exceptional candidates will be considered.



Must be willing to work at least 16 hours a week and commit to the duration of the internship

If you are based in Oahu and also interested in the seabird restoration internship, some weeks may require up to an additional 8 hours per week and extend through July 1st. 



Compensation and How to Apply

This is a non-paid internship, interns are responsible for all housing, transportation and living expenses. Credit for college or graduate work experience requirements can be provided.

How to Apply:
Click here to submit your resume, cover letter and contact information for two references 

If you have any questions/ concerns or problems with your application please contact: with the subject heading, “Seabird Research Internship 2020”

Who is Pacific Rim Conservation?

Pacific Rim Conservation is a Hawaii-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are a conservation organization whose primary focus is wildlife research and management, with a specialty in native birds. Our mission is to maintain and restore native bird diversity, populations, and ecosystems in Hawaii and the Pacific Region. We work together with local communities, government agencies, and other conservation organizations to achieve our goals; we are solidly a ‘boots on the ground’ organization. We do this by creating ‘islands’ within islands where predators have either been removed and excluded through fencing, or are controlled on a long term basis. We then work to restore the habitat in these areas, and in some cases, bring bird species back that are no longer found there through translocation and social attraction. Throughout all of our work, we actively conduct research to understand avian biology, and the ecosystem changes and benefits to inform future conservation actions. To date, we have published more than 115 peer-reviewed papers.


  • Posted On

    July 9, 2019
  • Closing Date

    November 20, 2019
  • Organization

    Pacific Rim Conservation
  • Location

    James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on Oahu, Sacramento or Santa Cruz
  • Position Type

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