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The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking a temporary, part-time biologist to assist with Western Snowy Plover program development and data management.  Western Snowy Plovers are federally threatened shorebirds that nest on dry salt evaporation ponds in the South San Francisco Bay.  SFBBO collects annual breeding data and assists the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their population recovery.  This part-time, seasonal position will begin September 1, 2017 and end December 31, 2017; it will be based in Milpitas, CA.  The snowy plover biologist will enter and prepare field data for annual reporting, conduct field surveys to resight banded plovers, and assist with developing outreach initiatives aimed at educating the public on plover recovery.  The biologist may also be asked to assist with Waterbird Program related field surveys as needed. 
Key Responsibilities:
Assist with program and outreach development
Survey plover wintering areas using spotting scopes and binoculars
Re-sight color band combinations
Enter, proof and manage data collected

Required Qualifications:
BA/BS in biology, ecology, or related field
Effective oral and written communication skills
Enthusiasm for scientific outreach and education, and strong interpersonal skills
Strong work ethic, organizational skills and attention to detail
Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and a reliable personal vehicle
Good physical condition and enthusiasm for field work
Shorebird identification skills
Patience for sighting cryptically-colored birds at great distances using binoculars and spotting scopes
Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:
Previous experience with threatened or endangered species and/or listed on a 10a1A permit
Off-road driving experience (SFBBO truck provided for off-road driving on levees)
First aid certification
Basic bird identification skills
Solid computer skills, including working knowledge of MS Office Suite

Compensation:  This position is part-time (less than 40 hours per week), temporary and $16/hour.  This position does not include benefits.  Housing is not provided.  An SFBBO vehicle, or reimbursement for use of a personal vehicle, will be available for field-related travel during work hours.  SFBBO will supply all survey gear, such as spotting scopes and tripods.  Applicants should have a degree or professional experience in wildlife biology, environmental science or related field. 
To Apply:  Send a cover letter and resume with three references (names, email addresses and phone numbers) to Ben Pearl bpearl@sfbbo.org .  Please include all materials in one Word or PDF file, and state your last name in the file name.  Please send with the subject line SNOWY PLOVER WINTER BIOLOGIST.  The deadline for applications is August 28th.  For more information about SFBBO, please visit www.sfbbo.org .


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.