North Slope Tundra Ecology for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge sustains people, wildlife, and fish in the northeastern corner of Alaska, a vast landscape of rich cultural traditions and thriving ecological diversity. It is located on the traditional homelands of the Iñupiat and Gwichʼin peoples. Approximately the size of...



101 12th Ave., Room 236
Fairbanks, AK 99701
United States

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Job Description: We are currently accepting applications for interns on two projects studying the breeding ecology and limiting factors of tundra nesting birds (including shorebirds, passerines, waterfowl, loons, and larids) and population dynamics of small mammals (voles and lemmings) along the Beaufort Sea coast. Work will occur simultaneously at different locations on the Alaska North Slope. This posting is for two projects at two separate locations: 1) Kuparuk River Unit oil fields and 2) remote sites in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to increasing our understanding of tundra nesting bird breeding ecology and small mammal population dynamics, primary objectives include assessing the efficacy of remote monitoring tools (time-lapse cameras and temperature loggers) and using electronic data collection (ArcGIS Survey123).

The positions will begin in early May in Fairbanks. (Exact start date TBD). During this time, intern will help with preparing remote monitoring devices and general field preparations. Fieldwork will start in late May and continue through late June or early July. Fieldwork will involve walking transects; nest searching; and deploying remote monitoring devices. Interns typically work 6-7 days/week while in the field. After field work, intern will return to Fairbanks for a couple weeks of post-season tasks. End date will be mid-July. Pre-season training and preparations, and post-season work will be based out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge office in Fairbanks, Alaska.



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