Field Science Internship

We offer 4 week field-intensive research and conservation internships between May and July annually. They are an incredible opportunity for undergraduate students to gain direct experience in field biology data collection and management, low-impact and environmentally sensitive research methods, and the day to day duties of managing a remote coastal field camp. Intern work revolves around seabirds, shorebirds, cavity nesting birds, songbirds, marine mammals and plants, with tasks varying from week to week.

Typically, interns depart for our research camp on East Limestone Island just north of the Gwaii Hanaas boundary for a 4 week field component. During our final internship of the summer, interns will spend their fourth week working in our office in Queen Charlotte City, where they will assist with the drafting of a Field Season Summary and other post-season work.

It is possible to receive undergraduate credit for completing these internships. Get in touch with us to learn more about this process.

Being able to spend 4 weeks on East Limestone enabled me to contribute more to the projects and see their development. I felt like a valued member of the team, having become more confident and efficient in my tasks. I am very grateful for the skills I acquired, my fellow team members who were so open and helpful, and the beautiful environment where I was able to spend time with seabirds and other local creatures. I was also able to complete a research project.
— Ruby Pyke, 2016 LBCS Intern

Activities

  • Collecting and managing field biology data (i.e. weighing Ancient Murrelet fledglings).
  • Identifying a large variety of birds, marine mammals and plants.
  • Using low impact research methods for a variety of terrestrial ecology projects.
  • Delivering environmental education programs to local youth.
  • Living and working in a remote coastal field biology camp, sharing the duties of day-to-day tasks.

Requirements

  • Entering your third or fourth year in an undergraduate program with a major in Biology, Environmental Science, Resource Management or a related program.
  • Highly motivated and interested in research on seabirds and coastal ecology.
  • Physically fit and able to work long days outdoors in remote, rugged terrain.
  • Priority given to candidates with first aid and boating experience.

Program Details

Cost: $1200 for a 4 week internship

  • Included:
    • All food and lodging on East Limestone Island,
    • Training and research materials at the field camp (binoculars, compasses, etc.),
    • Tent and thermarest,
    • Transportation between ELI and Queen Charlotte City,
    • Accommodation in Queen Charlotte City (home stay)
  • Not Included:
    • Transportation to and from Haida Gwaii,
    • Personal spending in Queen Charlotte City (restaurants, shopping, etc.),
    • Sleeping bag, personal items (clothing, rain boots, etc.).
    • Meals in Queen Charlotte City at home stay

2017 Internship Dates:

  • May 4 - June 2, 2017 (field only)
  • June 2 - June 30, 2017 (field only)
  • June 30 - July 28 2017 (includes 1 week of field season debrief in Queen Charlotte City).

Supportive Funding Opportunities

BC Nature provides a $1,500 Rene Savenye Scholarship to a post-secondary student enrolled in a program that contributes to awareness, appreciation and understanding of our natural environment. Learn more here.

If you are a Haida Gwaii resident, you may be able to access funding opportunities through Gwaii Trust.

How to Apply

Please email us a current resume and cover letter highlighting your education, relevant academic and life experiences, what makes you a good candidate and what you hope to gain from this internship. Please also mention your preferred weeks.

Applications for the 2017 season are due March 31, 2017!