Spring 2021 Community-Based Internship and Volunteer Opportunities for Students attending Semester by the Bay
Several Federal, State, and non-profit organizations in the Homer area offer internship and volunteer opportunities for students participating in Semester by the Bay. Internships must be applied for and may be taken for 3 credits of Biology A495A Internship in the Biological Sciences.*
To participate, apply to three agencies by following these 3 steps:
Your application will not be considered complete until your application, 3 cover letters, and a resume are received. Make sure to use the correct subject for the email so we can ensure your materials are found and included.
First review of application materials will begin Friday, October 23. Good luck!
*NOTE! Internship placement is not guaranteed! The quality of your application materials is important. Advisors are happy to look over your application materials and/or help you prepare for interviews. Contact Kim Frost for assistance.
Alaska Wildlife Alliance Intern (2 positions)
Internship opportunities are available with the Alaska Wildlife Alliance (AWA) to assist with projects under our “Voices for Wildlife”, “Education and Citizen Science”, or “Conservation Coalitions” programs. The intern will assist our nonprofit with wildlife conservation projects that may include: supporting citizen science programs; reviewing wildlife policies or biological findings and developing comments; educating the public about wildlife, habitat and ecosystems; and building new relationships with like-minded organizations for short-term or long-term partnerships. The specific project will be dependent upon the wildlife needs at the time of the internship, and the student’s area(s) of interest. AWA is an Alaska-based nonprofit protecting Alaska’s wildlife through citizen mobilization, advocacy, and education.
Environmental Monitoring Intern (2 positions)
Description and duties: An environmental monitoring intern with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will perform both terrestrial and marine monitoring tasks at the Wynn Nature Center, Inspiration Ridge Preserve, Homer Harbor, and Peterson Bay Field Station with an emphasis on data gathering in the field. The monitoring program includes phenology, invasive species monitoring, and Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Monitoring among others.
Environmental Education Intern (2 positions)
An environmental education intern with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will assist with education programs ranging from hour long field trips to overnight programs and will work with a variety of age groups. This internship has the option to extend past the KPC semester for an intensive 3-week experience working with our residential Alaska Coastal Ecology programs.
Homer Demonstration Forest Intern (1 position)
The 360-acre Homer Demonstration Forest serves as an outdoor laboratory and classroom for researchers, teachers and students, as well as providing year-round, non-motorized public access to the Diamond Creek watershed for hiking, photography, skiing, and other recreation. Interns will be involved in tasks supporting one or more of the following Demo Forest activities: planting in the forest and/or arboretum; documenting forest stand improvement practices; monitoring water quality; assisting with control of invasive plants; assessing use by humans or wildlife (insects, birds, bats, rabbits, moose); improving habitat for selected wildlife species; researching the potential reintroduction of beavers; creating outdoor classroom(s) using the forest and/or Diamond Creek; making presentations to schools or community groups; maintaining or constructing trails; creating QR-coded signage and/or educational outreach materials (brochures, stories, story maps); posting information on the Homer Demonstration Forest Facebook page and other social media; improving accessibility; and other activities identified by the Demo Forest Steering Committee. Internships will be for approximately 10 hrs/week, and interns will choose their tasks from a prioritized list of specific activities. Interns will learn about forest ecology and management, as well as aspects of recreation management.
Invasive Species Intern (1 position)
Homer Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking an intern to assist with our Invasive Plant Program approx. 10 hrs/week. Tasks will include collaborating with partner agencies on regional invasive species communication & outreach efforts; enhancing invasive species social media outreach on the Kenai Peninsula; creating a Google Drive filing system for invasive species documents; herbicide record organization; and planning for summer fieldwork. There is potential for this opportunity to evolve into paid spring/summer fieldwork. The Intern will gain plant identification skills, knowledge of the Early Detection & Rapid Response (EDRR) management approach to invasive species, and become familiar with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques.
Land Steward Intern (1 postion)
Work 15-20 hours/week with the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust (KHLT) Stewardship Staff to help manage over 3700 acres of fish and wildlife habitat in the Kachemak Bay area. The individual’s primary duty will be to draft a management plan for a 64-acre parcel on the Anchor River and organize the files according to national Land Trust Standards and Practices. The position also includes field work where the intern will assist with the annual monitoring of KHLT’s conservation properties and may assist with trail maintenance on KHLT’s trail system. Field work requires the ability to hike over steep and rugged terrain and crossing streams with a 15-20 lb. backpack in all weather conditions. The intern will learn how to use electronic monitoring equipment to document KHLT’s properties; interpret conservation easements and management plans; write monitoring reports; and assist with grant writing.
Cetacean Data Entry/Catalogue ID Intern (1 position)
work remotely 10-15 hr/week assisting area scientists with data cleanup and entry, update annual photo summary spread sheets; separate resident, transient and offshore killer whale photo data for all years; review and rectify matriline charts; input basic field log and encounter data for current year field work; may require Excel or GIS data entry; sorting and matching of killer whale individuals from Southcentral Alaska into known pods from contributed photos; photographic field work possible, if whales are present in Kachemak Bay; work on other related research and projects as agreed upon by both intern and internship mentor; this internship will be performed remotely.
Cetacean Acoustics Intern (1 position)
work remotely 10-15 hr/week assisting area scientists with verification of killer whale calls from autonomous hydrophones in South-central Alaska; learn basics of PAMGUARD and Audacity; learn basic dialect structure for local ‘resident’ killer whale pods; Excel data entry for verification of calls, by pod if known; photographic field work possible, if whales are present in Kachemak Bay; work on other related research and projects as agreed upon by both intern and internship mentor; this internship will be performed remotely.
Oceanography Intern (1 postition)
Work 10-15 hr/week mostly remotely assisting NOAA scientists looking at oceanographic changes (data analysis and visualization) and how they relate to recent biological changes in Kachemak Bay/Cook Inlet. Knowledge of Matlab and/or R software helpful, but not required. Opportunity to participate in boat-based field work for oceanographic surveys (day trips or multi-day trip) may exist during the semester. Note: Weekly time commitment varies throughout semester, depending on student schedule, with field work opportunities available, if interested and low/no COVID risk.
Oceanography Intern - GIS focus (1 position)
Work 10-15 hr/week mostly remotely assisting NOAA scientists looking at oceanographic spatial changes (data analysis and visualization) and how they relate to recent biological changes in Kachemak Bay/Cook Inlet. Basic knowledge of GIS required. Knowledge of Matlab and/or R software helpful, but not required. Opportunity to participate in boat-based field work for oceanographic surveys (day trips or multi-day trip) may exist during the semester. Note: Weekly time commitment varies throughout semester, depending on student schedule, with field work opportunities available, if interested and low/no COVID risk.
Humpback Whale Photo ID Intern (1 position)
work 10-20 hours/week learning how to identify and categorize humpback whales into regionally recognized groups; assist area scientist(s) with data entry, sorting, and matching of humpback whale photographs from Southcentral Alaska in restructuring current whale identification catalogs; update and expand postings in Kachemak Bay Whales webpage; work with the Homer community to gather photographs from individuals, charter boat companies, and commercial fisherman to use in updating catalogs and webpages; may require Excel data entry and/or website modification; photographic field work possible when whales are present in Kachemak Bay.
Marine Mammal Catalog Intern (2 positions)
Compile marine mammal sightings, details and photographs for Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet. Survey governmental and nonprofit agencies, as well as greater Homer area businesses (whale watching/natural history tour operators, fishing charters, water taxis, etc.) and local residents, requesting historical information (e.g., Captain’s logbooks) on marine mammal observations (incl. cetaceans, pinnipeds and sea otters). Create a database and, if possible, an app, into which all past and future observations can be recorded. Experience with Excel or Google Sheets and app creation platforms preferred. Photographic field work possible when whales are present in Kachemak Bay. Optional pre-semester summer start date.