Greener JC is seeking a Birding Mentor for a bird survey project at Liberty State Park’s Caven Point Natural Area. Working in collaboration with NJDEP Educational Staff, the birding mentor will lead 4 Jersey City Public School students for a 5-week summer internship project. All required supplies will be provided.
To apply, email GreenerJC@gmail.com your resume or CV along with three references.
Project Overview: Liberty State Park’s Caven Point Natural Area consists of a sandy beach, the largest stretch of natural beach in the Upper New York and Hudson Bay; saltwater marshland; tidal pools; mud flats; and an upland maritime forest. Caven Point is particularly important for migratory birds. Given the ecological sensitivity of this ecosystem, access on the interior boardwalk and natural beach are closed between April and October in order to protect nesting habitat for seasonal birds. In this project, selected Jersey City Public High School students will have special access to the site in order to conduct bird surveys. Students will produce their own research questions, and their mentor will assist in designing an experiment to address their questions. The mentor is responsible for training the students and supervising their time in the field at Caven Point. Mentor will be responsible for creating 10 hours of programming per week for the 5-week internship. It is expected that a majority of the time will be spent conducting field work at Caven Point. The remaining work can be conducted asynchronously and will be aimed at supporting the student’s research projects. To assist in planning, the mentor will be provided a curriculum used in a previous year.
Project Timeline: The internship will take place between July 12th - August 20th. Mentors are expected to dedicate at least 5 hours per week to field work with the students.
Stipend: $825 for the 5 week internship. Stipend can be paid in a lump sum at the end of the program or biweekly.
Application due June 18, 2021.