Field interns (2) - Siskiyou Deer and Puma Project

Siskiyou County, Northern California
per diem to help cover cost of living
May 03, 2017
Jun 16, 2017
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type


We are seeking 2 summer interns to assist with our on-going study which is aimed at assessing the roles of various factors (such as predation and habitat quality) on the population dynamics of mule and black-tailed deer in two different management zones of Siskiyou County, Northern California. The interns will be part of a larger team that includes researchers, field technicians and other interns and will be based primarily out of a campsite located in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, East of Mount Shasta. The position duration is 2 months (06/15 – 08/15/2017). Fieldwork will be carried out primarily on National Forest land with moderate ruggedness.



  • Graduated from a wildlife biology, ecology, conservation, zoology, environmental science or similar degree. Senior undergraduates will also be considered
  • Attention to detail, excellent ability to focus on task at hand, good physical condition to be able to hike extensively
  • Ability to navigate forested terrain with varying degrees of ruggedness using GPS, compass and map
  • Interns must be comfortable with primitive tent living conditions and infrequent access to amenities such as running water, electricity, Internet, etc.
  • Applicants with prior mammal capture experience especially ungulates will be preferred
  • Experience with radio-tracking preferred


Primary responsibilities of the interns:

  • Assist project personnel with the capture, collaring and sampling as well as subsequent intensive monitoring of deer fawns using radio-tracking


Other likely responsibilities:

  • Vegetation surveys to quantify deer habitat quality
  • Collection of data on deer density using pellet counts
  • Data entry and sample organization
  • Contribution to the operation of a field camp


Additional tasks that might possibly require intern participation:

  • Assist with various fieldwork procedures, such as fawn and adult deer mortality-site investigations to identify cause of death; camera trapping of predators; searches of GPS location clusters from collared pumas to identify puma predation impact on deer


Application procedure:

Please send cover letter (describing what attracted you to this position and why you feel you would be a good candidate), CV and contact information for 2 references to Bogdan Cristescu, Mention “Siskiyou Internship” in the e-mail subject line. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Last Date to Apply: 05/15/2017

Position Start Date: 06/15/2017