Shore Plover Internship, Operations, Auckland | Auckland

Posted on 11-Sep-2018
Application close date: 24-Sep-2018
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:

Do you want to make a difference to the conservation of a nationally critically threatened species?  And spend your summer working mostly outdoors on a Hauraki Gulf island? 


We are looking for a highly motivated person to help determine causes of breeding failure in the nationally critically threatened shore plover. The work will involve:

• monitoring shore plover breeding pairs, nests, and chicks using direct observation with a telescope from a hide, and analysis of trail camera images
• quantifying disturbances that could result in breeding failure (e.g. human, avian, severe weather or tidal events)
• data entry and analysis
• keeping the field gear in good condition
• relieving the Ranger Biodiversity in supervision of volunteer field assistants on days off.


There is a paid position available based at Motutapu Island. It is a 14-week fixed term position, 80 hours a fortnight.  The contract will start Monday 19 November 2018 and finish Friday 22 February 2019.  The position is primarily field-based, and you will be required to work 10 days in every 14, including weekends and public holidays.  Your days off will be rostered during the week.  You will be accommodated in a house shared with others on Motutapu.  You may have to share a bedroom at times.  You will provide your own food.


The intern will have:

• Knowledge of New Zealand birds and bird behaviour, and NZ fauna
• Understanding of scientific method
• Excellent observational ability, good eyesight and hearing
• The ability to work by yourself, and maintain focus
• Strong communication skills, written and verbal
• Excellent people skills and a positive disposition
• Ability to live harmoniously in shared accommodation
• Good level of fitness
• Current full drivers licence, and ability to drive a manual vehicle
• Ability to ride a mountain bike


You will learn about conservation and gain an understanding of the central role our team plays in this government department.


To be eligible for an internship you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident AND a full time student in 2018 one of the following universities:

• University of Auckland
• Auckland University of Technology
• University of Waikato
• Massey University
• Victoria University of Wellington
• University of Canterbury
• Lincoln University
• University of Otago.


Preference will be given to students who have completed at least two years of study in conservation biology or ecological science.


You must be available for the full 14-week term.


Please apply online. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and evidence of the required capabilities as per the project description.


For more information, please contact Alicia Warren, or 027 540 3845, or Claire Warren, or 027 236 4401 quoting vacancy 400/98T1.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 24 September 2018.


DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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