Greener JC is seeking 4 paid High School Birding Interns for a bird survey project at Liberty State Park’s Caven Point Natural Area. Students will receive expert mentorship as they gain new skills in wildlife documentation and scientific research in Liberty State Park’s Caven Point. Interns will gain hands-on data collection experience while contributing to the broader knowledge of the biodiversity of Jersey City.
This internship will require field work in Jersey City making observations as well as work remotely. Greener JC will provide loaned binoculars to aid in observations while interns should expect to provide their own phone for making observations and personal computer for remote work.
Project Overview: Liberty State Park’s Caven Point Natural Area consists of a sandy beach, the largest stretch of natural beach in 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.
Duration of Project: 10 hours per week starting July 19, 2021 and ending August 20, 2021.
Stipend: $500 for the 5 week internship. Stipend can be paid in a lump sum at the end of the program or biweekly.
Application due July 15, 2021.