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Summering in Maine? Consider Raptor Internship at Acadia National Park


Apply now for an internship revolving around the raptors of Acadia National Park. NPS photo.

What would you think about spending the summer describing the raptors at Acadia National Park to park visitors? If that sounds appealing, you might want to apply for the park's raptor interpretation internship.

Applications are being taken through March 4 for the position, which runs from mid-May to mid-October. Park officials say there is a possibility of two shorter internships, one in the summer and one in the fall. However, priority will be given to applicants who can commit to the full season.

From mid-May through mid-August the raptor intern observes and interprets the activities of peregrine falcons at Champlain Mountain, a falcon nesting site since 1991. From late-August to mid-October the intern counts and identifies migrating raptors from atop Cadillac Mountain at 1,530 feet. The raptor intern engages thousands of visitors at these two sites, interpreting the natural history and conservation measures regarding raptors, as well as monitoring and collecting resource data. Candidates should demonstrate proficiency in public speaking, computer skills, and knowledge of raptors. In return for 32 hours of work each week, the intern receives a uniform, housing, and a $100 weekly stipend. The raptor internship is generously supported by Friends of Acadia.

For more information about this and other internships in the park, contact Park Ranger Sonya Berger at V1F[O%40B%3A29D%20%0A&r=/acad/parknews/internship-opportunity.htm]"e-mail us", or call 207-288-8803. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information (phone, postal address, and/or email) for three references to Raptor Internship, c/o Sonya Berger, P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 or send electronically. Applications must be received by March 4.

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