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The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. We are located in Milpitas. SFBBO’s Coyote Creek Field Station bands birds throughout the year to study bird migration patterns and the bird community of one of the largest riparian habitats in the South Bay Area. We seek an intern (or two) to work with Landbird Program biologists to band birds, train and work with volunteers, and analyze and manage data. The internship will run from Fall 2015 through Summer 2016, is not paid, and will be 10-20 hours per week.

Banding occurs on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings (45 minutes before sunrise) at the Field Station. Interns will be expected to work 1-2 days a week (flexible).

Desired Intern qualities: Hard work ethic, excellent attitude, responsible, commitment to the project of at least 1-2 years, previous bird banding experience (not required).

What you will get: Bird banding skills with extensive training, data management and analysis training, Bay Area ecology networking opportunities, access to 35 years of long term biological data for project development. 

We are very interested in working with interns who are interested in developing their research further as a senior thesis or Masters thesis, though that is not required.  Please submit a resume (with references) and cover letter if interested to Landbird Program Director Josh Scullen, jscullen@sfbbo.org.


The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking a part-time intern to assist with science outreach activities. The internship will be based in Milpitas, CA, and the work hours can be flexible around the intern’s schedule. The intern will receive training and mentorship from SFBBO’s Outreach and Communications Director and will develop their skills in citizen science, fundraising, and community outreach techniques. The internship is not paid and we will accept rolling applications.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising: Assist with fundraising activities, including helping at donor events, filing constituent information, analyzing surveys, and producing donor acknowledgments.
  • Outreach: Work with SFBBO staff, citizen science volunteers, and partners to lead bird walks, banding demos, and other special events to educate the community about avian science.
  • Education: Help with Family Science Nights and other educational events to introduce Bay Area families to the importance of environmental protection.
  • Volunteers: Help train and manage a team of 50 citizen science volunteers participating in SFBBO’s Colonial Waterbird nest monitoring program, and lead volunteer group habitat restoration efforts.
  • Communications: Maintain constituency contact lists and assist with communications activities, including social media.

Required Qualifications:

  • Coursework toward a degree in science, environmental studies, biology, ecology, education, communications, public relations, nonprofit studies, or related field
  • Enthusiasm for environmental education and protection, and ability to speak before groups and work with diverse populations
  • Expertise in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; Adobe Photoshop; and other office computer software
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and strong work ethic, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Willingness to work irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends, and ability to work independently and as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with MS Access, Exceed, or similar data bases
  • Familiarity with Constant Contact, Network for Good, website design, and other fundraising and communications tools
  • Experience using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media 
  • Experience designing fliers, newsletters, and advertisements using Publisher or other design software a plus
  • Knowledge of avian science and Bay Area bird communities preferred
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable personal vehicle

To Apply:

Please e-mail the following materials to Outreach and Communications Director Kristin Butler, kbutler@sfbbo.org: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) list of two references (names, email addresses, and phone numbers). Include all materials in one Word or PDF file, and include your last name in the file name.